Ranging across books and cartoons, Paddington Bear has somehow managed to find himself continually re-invented for new audiences. Up until now his various guises have stayed fairly true to the original quiet clumsy bear. Found at Paddington station, the familiar British icon manages to stray into many adventures, but always with the best of intentions.
After living in London for a few years, it’s easy to get sick of the sight of stuffed Paddington Bears, being peddled to tourists both at his namesake train station, and all the tourist traps around town. However a new attempt is being made to reinvent the fifty six year old teddy, and will be the first time CGI has been used to do it. It’s not immediately obvious from the trailer if this is a loving reincarnation from someones childhood nostalgia, or a studio’s attempt to milk a cash cow.
It is evident that Paddington looks more like an actual bear than a teddy bear for the first time, and he now has a gruff, growl-like vocabulary to match his new appearance. For some reason his new noises are somewhat creepy to me – they seem a far cry from the charming gentleman bear of the cartoons. His well meaning clumsiness looks like it may be more idiotic than ever before. At least he’s been allowed to keep his trademark red hat.
…Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters all lend their considerable talents to the film…
There’s a raft of well-known stars in Paddington’s latest outing though – Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters all lend their considerable talents to the film, leaving me wondering if the film will be better than expected.
It looks like Paddington has been spruced up for his latest release – but somewhere along the line hes lost his inherant charm. It looks like our classic British cartoon has been turned into the next ‘Chipmunk Movie’ – which may well win young bums on seats, but wont fulfill adult nostalgia.