Paddington (film series)
|Directed by||Paul King|
|Produced by||David Heyman|
|Screenplay by||Paul King|
Simon Farnaby (2)
|Story by||Paul King (1)|
Hamish McColl (1)
|Based on||Paddington Bear|
by Michael Bond
|Music by||Nick Urata (1)|
Dario Marianelli (2)
|Edited by||Mark Everson|
|Distributed by||StudioCanal (United Kingdom)|
The Weinstein Company (US, 1st movie only)
Warner Bros. Pictures (US, 2nd movie-present)
|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.
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)
In April 2015, David Heyman confirmed that he would produce the second film in the franchise. It was also announced that Paul King would direct and co-write with Simon Farnaby. 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. Framestore provided the visual effects for the film. Filming in Little Venice took place for three days. Filming also took place at Shepton Mallet Prison.
Paddington 3 (TBA)
In June 2016, StudioCanal CEO Didier Lupfer stated that the studio was committed to making a third Paddington film. 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.
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.
Cast and characters
|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|
|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. 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.
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. 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) and animatronics.
|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
|Film||US release date||Box office gross||Budget|
|US and Canada||Other territories||Worldwide|
|Paddington||16 January 2015||$76,271,832||$191,775,976||$268,047,808||$55 million|
|Paddington 2||12 January 2018||$40,442,052||$186,426,520||$226,868,572||$40 million|
|Paddington||98% (148 critics)||77 (38 critics)||A|
|Paddington 2||100% (205 critics)||88 (38 critics)||A|
|Paddington||Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Paddington 2||Best British Film|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Best Adapted Screenplay|
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