Paddington is a series of comedy films based on the character of the same name created by Michael Bond. The first film was released in 2014, featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of the titular character, and an ensemble cast consisting mainly of British actors. The second film was released in 2017.

Films[edit | edit source]

Cast and characters[edit | edit source]

Characters Films
Paddington 2
Paddington Bear Ben Whishaw
Henry Brown Hugh Bonneville
Mary Brown Sally Hawkins
Mrs. Bird Julie Walters
Samuel Gruber Jim Broadbent
Mr. Curry Peter Capaldi
Jonathan Brown Samuel Josline
Judy Brown Madeleine Harris
Aunt Lucy Imelda Staunton
Uncle Pastuzo Michael Gambon
Millicent Clyde Nicole Kidman  
Montgomery Clyde Tim Downie  
Joe Matt Lucas  
Andre the Thief Matt King  
Phoenix Buchanan   Hugh Grant
Knuckles McGinty   Brendan Gleeson
  • Note: A dark grey cell indicates that the character doesn't appear in the film.

Production[edit | edit source]

The first film of the series was announced in September 2007, with David Heyman producing and Hamish McColl writing the screenplay.[1] When filming began, Heyman announced the casting of Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington. Paddington is the most expensive film produced by the French production company StudioCanal.[2][3][4]

In June 2014, after principal photography had wrapped, Firth voluntarily dropped out of the film, after the studio decided his voice was not suitable for Paddington.[5] The role was recast the following month, with Ben Whishaw signing on to voice the title role. Paddington was created using a combination of computer-generated imagery (by the British company Framestore)[6] and animatronics.[7]

The creator of the Paddington character, Michael Bond, also appeared in a cameo in the first film, playing the role of the Kindly Gentleman.[8]

Crew[edit | edit source]

Film U.S. release date Director Producer Writer(s) Composer Editor(s) Cinematographer
Paddington 16 January 2015 Paul King David Heyman Story by: Paul King and Hamish McColl
Screenplay by: Paul King
Nick Urata Mark Everson Erik Wilson
Paddington 2 12 January 2018 Paul King and Simon Farnaby Dario Marianelli Mark Everson and Jonathan Amos

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dawtrey, Adam (13 September 2007). WB bears down on 'Paddington' film. Retrieved on 4 February 2014.
  2. Decant, Charles (5 November 2012). "Paddington" : Canal+ va produire le film le plus cher de son histoire (in fr). Retrieved on 19 November 2014.
  3. 'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman to Adapt 'Paddington Bear' (5 October 2012). Retrieved on 20 November 2014.
  4. 'Paddington': Potential Game-Changer For Studiocanal; Euro Major Bares Ambition (28 November 2014). Retrieved on 28 November 2014.
  5. Busis, Hillary (17 June 2014). Colin Firth leaving as voice of 'Paddington' movie. Retrieved on 17 June 2014.
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  7. Bond, Michael. "Paddington Bear (helped by Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman) goes to Hollywood", 6 March 2014. 
  8. Horwell, Veronica. "Michael Bond obituary", The Guardian, 28 June 2017. (in en-GB) 
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