Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Return of Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond, first appeared in 1958. I became aware of the character from watching the 1975 stop motion/hand drawn animated BBC Paddington series that ran on American Television stations like PBS. I liked Paddington enough to ask my parents for this small figurine of the marmalade-loving bear from Peru (he is missing his trademark hat).
Many kids in the United States learn quite a bit about England from watching imported programs like Paddington. I personally enjoy speaking with an English accent on the telephone sometimes. I call myself "Nigel."
Paddington is eager to return to the spotlight, and one wonders if he's been getting career advice from Miley Cyrus. Trailers for the 2014 live action/computer animated Paddington movie show the beloved bear (who was originally going to be voiced by Colin Firth) tasting his own ear wax and sticking his face in a toilet. It's kind of shocking, but I guess it is true to some British comedy. The new Paddington, which features Downtown Abbey star Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown, has inspired the "Creepy Paddington" sensation on the Internet, inserting the semi-realistic movie version of the bear into horror film situations.
Meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh is watching and thinking about his next career move. Hopefully not a live action movie called Pooh Hits the Fan.