Paddington (film series)

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Directed byPaul King
Produced byDavid Heyman
Screenplay byPaul King
Simon Farnaby (2)
Story byPaul King (1)
Hamish McColl (1)
Based onPaddington Bear
by Michael Bond
StarringBen Whishaw
Hugh Bonneville
Sally Hawkins
Julie Walters
Jim Broadbent
Peter Capaldi
Imelda Staunton
(See below)
Music byNick Urata (1)
Dario Marianelli (2)
CinematographyErik Wilson
Edited byMark Everson
Distributed byStudioCanal (United Kingdom)
The Weinstein Company (US, 1st movie only)
Warner Bros. Pictures (US, 2nd movie-present)
Release date
  • United Kingdom
  • France
Budget$95 million
Box office$494.9 million

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.


Paddington (2014)[edit]

This is the first and only film to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the US, as the rights to the film series were sold to Warner Bros. Pictures following the Weinstein scandal in October 2017. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Paddington 2 (2017)[edit]

In April 2015, David Heyman confirmed that he would produce the second film in the franchise.[1] It was also announced that Paul King would direct and co-write with Simon Farnaby.[2] By October 2016, the cast of Paddington – Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton – were confirmed to be returning for the sequel, joined by new cast members Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. Principal photography began in the same month.[3] Framestore provided the visual effects for the film.[4] Filming in Little Venice took place for three days.[5] Filming also took place at Shepton Mallet Prison.[6][7]

Paddington 3 (TBA)[edit]

In June 2016, StudioCanal CEO Didier Lupfer stated that the studio was committed to making a third Paddington film.[8] In November 2017, David Heyman told Digital Spy that though the script for a third Paddington film had not developed, discussions about locations, ideas and scenes had already begun.[9]

Animated series[edit]

In October 2017, it was announced that StudioCanal was producing an animated series based on the films, set to launch in either late 2018 or early 2019.[10]

Cast and characters[edit]

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 Joslin
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.


The first film of the series was announced in September 2007, with David Heyman producing and Hamish McColl writing the screenplay.[11] 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.[12][13][14]

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.[15] 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)[16] and animatronics.[17]

The creator of the Paddington character, Michael Bond, also appeared in a cameo in the first film, playing the role of the Kindly Gentleman.[18]


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


Box office performance[edit]

Film US release date Box office gross Budget
US and Canada Other territories Worldwide
Paddington[19] 16 January 2015 $76,271,832 $191,775,976 $268,047,808 $55 million
Paddington 2[20] 12 January 2018 $40,442,052 $186,426,520 $226,868,572 $40 million

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Paddington 98% (148 critics)[21] 77 (38 critics)[22] A[23]
Paddington 2 100% (205 critics)[24] 88 (38 critics)[25] A[23]

BAFTA Awards[edit]

Film Category Result
Paddington[26] Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay
Paddington 2[27] Best British Film
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Adapted Screenplay


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  14. ^ Jaafar, Ali (28 November 2014). "'Paddington': Potential Game-Changer For Studiocanal; Euro Major Bares Ambition". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
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  16. ^ "Great campaign ads to feature in new Paddington film". VisitBritain (Press release). 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
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  27. ^ "The Shape of Water leads Bafta nominations". BBC News. 9 January 2018. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.