13 October 1958 "A Bear Called Paddington"
FAMILY Mary, Henry, Jonathan and Judy Brown
RELATIVES Uncle Pastuzo; Aunt Lucy
PADDINGTON BEAR is a fictional character in children\'s literature .
He first appeared on 13 October 1958 in the children's book "A Bear
Called Paddington" and has been featured in more than twenty books
written by English author
Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy
Fortnum and other artists. The friendly bear from deepest, darkest
Paddington is an anthropomorphised spectacled bear . He is always
polite – addressing people as "Mr", "Mrs" and "Miss", rarely by
first names – and kindhearted, though he inflicts hard stares on
those who incur his disapproval. He has an endless capacity for
innocently getting into trouble, but he is known to "try so hard to
get things right." He was discovered in Paddington Station, London ,
by the (human) Brown family who adopted him, and thus he gives his
full name as "Paddington Brown". As of June 2016,
* 1 History
* 1.1 Origin * 1.2 Stuffed toy
* 2 Storyline
* 2.1 Characters
* 3 Books
* 4 Television * 5 Home media * 6 Film adaptations * 7 In popular culture * 8 References * 9 Notes * 10 External links
Michael Bond based
Shirley Clarkson's book describes the evolution of the toy Paddington from Christmas gift to subject of litigation and ultimately commercial success.
In the first story, Paddington is found at Paddington railway station in London by the Brown family, sitting on his suitcase (bearing the label "Wanted on Voyage") with a note attached to his coat that reads "Please look after this bear. Thank you." Bond has said that his memories of newsreels showing trainloads of child evacuees leaving London during World War II , with labels around their necks and their possessions in small suitcases, prompted him to do the same for Paddington.
Paddington arrives as a stowaway coming from "Darkest Peru", sent by
his Aunt Lucy (one of only a few known relatives aside from an Uncle
Pastuzo who gave Paddington his hat) who has gone to live in the Home
for Retired Bears in
They take him home to 32 Windsor Gardens, off
Harrow Road between
The stories follow Paddington's adventures and mishaps in England, along with some snippets of information about his past. For instance, in one story, we learn that Paddington was orphaned in an earthquake, before being taken in and raised by his Aunt Lucy.
There is a recurring cast of characters, all of whom are in some way entangled in Paddington's misadventures. These include:
* Mr. Henry Brown: A hapless but well-meaning City of London worker.
* Mrs. Mary Brown: Mr. Brown's more serious-minded yet equally
* Jonathan and Judy: The energetic and friendly Brown children. It
is never established if one is older than the other, leading to the
possibility that they might be twins. It is when they are meeting Judy
off the train from boarding school that the Browns meet Paddington. In
the movie , Judy is the elder and they are with their parents when
they first meet Paddington.
* Mrs. Bird: The Browns' strict but kindly housekeeper. Whereas she
is often annoyed by Paddington's antics and mishaps, she is protective
of him. Her first name has never been mentioned.
* Mr. Samuel Gruber: The friendly owner of an antique shop on the
The first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. Although the books are divided into chapters and each book has a time frame, the stories all work as stand alone stories, and many of them were used like this in the TV series. In order of publication the titles are: A Bear Called Paddington (1958) The stories in the first book in the series are:
* Please Look After This Bear – The Browns first meet Paddington at Paddington station. * A Bear in Hot Water – Paddington's first attempt at having a bath is a disaster. * Paddington Goes Underground – Paddington's first journey on the Underground causes chaos. * A Shopping Expedition – Paddington gets lost during a shopping trip. * Paddington and "The Old Master" – This story introduces Mr Gruber. After hearing Mr Gruber talk about painting, Paddington decides to try his hand at it himself. * A Visit to the Theatre – Paddington goes to see a play with the Browns. * Adventure at the Seaside – Paddington takes part in a sandcastle competition. * A Disappearing Trick – Paddington receives a magic set for his first birthday with the Browns. This story introduces Mr Curry.
More About Paddington (1959) The stories in the second book in the series are:
* A Family Group – Paddington takes a family photo of the Browns. * A Spot of Decorating – Paddington tries to help Mr Brown by decorating his room whilst the family are out. * Paddington Turns Detective – Paddington investigates the disappearance of Mr Brown's prize marrow . * Paddington and the Bonfire – The Browns hold a bonfire party at No. 32 Windsor Gardens. * Trouble at No.32 – Paddington catches a nasty chill when a winter prank goes disastrously wrong. * Paddington and the Christmas Shopping – Paddington buys presents for the Brown family. * Christmas – Paddington enjoys his first Christmas with the Browns
Paddington Helps Out (1960) The stories in the third book in the series are:
* A Picnic on the River – Paddington gets more than he bargained for when the Browns hire a boat for a day on the river. * Paddington Makes a Bid – Mr Gruber takes Paddington to an auction sale. * Paddington and "Do It Yourself" – After reading a DIY magazine, Paddington tries to make presents for Mr Brown and (reluctantly) Mr Curry. * A Visit to the Cinema – The Browns go to see a cowboy film. When the special attraction is cancelled, Paddington comes to the rescue. * Something Nasty in the Kitchen – With Mr and Mrs Brown sick in bed and the rest of the family out of the house, Paddington prepares dinner. * Trouble at the Launderette – A reluctant Paddington takes Mr Curry's laundry to be cleaned. * Paddington Dines Out – The Browns organise a special meal for Paddington's birthday.
Paddington Abroad (1961) The stories in the fourth book in the series are:
* Paddington Prepares – Mr Brown announces a holiday in France.
* A Visit to the Bank – A misunderstanding causes uproar at the
* Trouble at the Airport – Airport officials suspect Paddington is
travelling without a passport.
* Paddington Saves the Day – The Browns' car gets a puncture and
Mr Brown organises an al-fresco meal.
* Paddington and the "Pardon" – Paddington takes part in a local
* A Spot of Fishing – The Browns and Paddington go on a fishing
trip and get marooned.
* Paddington Takes to the Road – Paddington participates in the
Tour de France
Paddington at Large (1962) The stories in the fifth book in the series are:
* Paddington Breaks the Peace – Paddington causes chaos trying to mow Mr Curry's lawn. * Mr Gruber's Outing – Mr Gruber takes Paddington, Judy and Jonathan to the park. * Goings-On at Number Thirty-two – Paddington mistakes a man installing the Browns' new television for a burglar. * Paddington Hits the Jackpot – Paddington wins a TV quiz show. * A Sticky Time – Paddington tries to make toffee. * Trouble in the Bargain Basement – Paddington goes Christmas shopping. * Paddington and the Christmas Pantomime – Paddington helps out at a local panto.
Paddington Marches On (1964) The stories in this sixth collection are:
* Paddington and the Cold Snap – Paddington tries to defrost Mr
* A Most Unusual Ceremony – Paddington is invited to a ceremony at
a marmalade factory.
* Paddington Makes a Clean Sweep – Paddington makes a mess
cleaning the chimney.
* Mr Gruber′s Mystery Tour – Paddington and Mr Gruber go on a
mystery tour of London.
* Paddington Saves the Day – Paddington plays cricket.
* A Day by the Sea – Paddington and the Browns go to the seaside.
* An Unexpected Party – The Browns celebrate Paddington's
(temporary) return to
Paddington at Work (1966) The stories in this seventh collection are:
* A Bear at Sea * Anchors Away * Paddington Buys a Share * A Visit to the Stock Exchange * Paddington in a Hole * Too Much off the Top * Paddington Steps Out
Paddington Goes to Town (1968) The stories in this eighth collection are:
* A Day to Remember * Paddington Hits Out * A Visit to the Hospital * Paddington Finds a Cure * Paddington and the "Finishing Touch" * Everything Comes to Those Who Wait * Paddington Goes to Town
Paddington Takes the Air (1970) The stories in this ninth collection are:
* A Visit to the Dentist * A Stitch in Time * Riding High * Paddington Strikes a Bargain * The Case of the Doubtful Dummy * Paddington Recommended * The Last Dance
Paddington's Garden (1972) A single-story picture book. Later adapted (with new illustrations) as Paddington in the Garden, and collected in The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young (2010) Paddington's Blue Peter Story Book (1973) This collects together stories previously published in the Blue Peter annuals, which Michael Bond had written during his time as a cameraman on Blue Peter. The stories all include references to Blue Peter, and feature the contemporary Blue Peter presenters, John Noakes , Peter Purves and Valerie Singleton .
* Paddington Takes the Cake * Paddington Gets the Bird * Paddington to the Rescue * Paddington Goes Halves * Paddington Gives a Service * Paddington Weighs In
Paddington at the Tower (1973) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. Paddington on Top (1974) The tenth collection features the following stories:
* Paddington Goes to School * Paddington Cleans Up * Paddington Goes to Court * A Birthday Treat * Keeping Fit * Paddington in Touch * Comings and Goings at Number Thirty-two
Paddington Takes the Test (1979) The eleventh collection in the main series includes these stories:
* Paddington at the Wheel – Mr Brown has been ordered to re-take his driving test after a minor accident, but a series of misunderstandings leads to Paddington ending up behind the wheel instead. * In and Out of Trouble – A reluctant Paddington is roped in to test Mr Curry's "new" hammock. * Paddington and the Stately Home – Mr. Gruber takes Paddington, Jonathan and Judy to visit a stately home. * Paddington and "Bob-a-Job" – Paddington takes part in the local scouts' "bob-a-job" week. * Paddington Gets a Rise – Paddington tries to make money to buy Mr Brown a birthday present. * Mr Curry Lets Off Steam – Mr Curry bags himself a free go at Mr Brown's new sauna bath, but lives to regret it. * Pantomime Time – The Browns and Mr Gruber enjoy a Christmas treat.
Paddington on Screen (1980) Following up Paddington's Blue Peter Story Book (1973) this collection collects the remaining stories published in the Blue Peter annuals, which Michael Bond had written during his time as a cameraman on Blue Peter. These stories again feature occasional appearances from the Blue Peter presenters, including newcomer Lesley Judd and newsreader Angela Rippon .
* Paddington's Puzzle * A Spoonful of Paddington * Paddington Clocks In * Paddington Passes Through * Paddington Takes a Cut * Paddington's Christmas Treasure Hunt * Paddington in the "Hot Seat"
Paddington at the Zoo (1984) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. Later collected in The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young (2010) Paddington and the Knickerbocker Rainbow (1985) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. Paddington at the Palace (1986) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. Later collected in The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young (2010) Paddington's Magical Christmas (1988) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. This book has not yet been collected or reissued in line with the other picture books. Paddington Goes to Hospital (2001) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. Co-written with Karen Jankel. Author's profits went to Action Research. Paddington and the Grand Tour (2003) A single-story picture book, aimed at younger readers. Paddington Here and Now (2008) This twelfth collection in the main series was published almost thirty years after the last, and coincided with Paddington's fiftieth anniversary. The stories included in this volume are:
* Parking Problems * Paddington's Good Turn * Paddington Strikes a Chord * Paddington Takes the Biscuit * Paddington Spills the Beans * Paddington Aims High * Paddington's Christmas Surprise
Paddington Races Ahead (2012) The thirteenth collection in the main series includes these stories:
* Mr Curry's Birthday Treat * A Fishy Business * Spring Cleaning * A Chance Encounter * Paddington in Training * Paddington Flies a Kite * Paddington on Track
Paddington Goes for Gold (2012) A single-story picture book, aimed
at younger readers. Released to coincide with London hosting the
Summer Olympic Games
The fourteenth collection of the main series includes these stories:
* Parking Problems * A Bird in the Hand * Curry's the Name * Paddington's Magical Moments * Dinner for One * A Visit to the Cleaners * Paddington's Finest Hour
NOTE: This was the last Paddington book to be written by Michael Bond before his death.
* The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington; A play for children (1974) Adapted by Alfred Bradley from the stories by Michael Bond. Music by Bert Chappell. Lyrics by Bert Chappell, Brenda Johnson and Alfred Bradley. Published and licensed by Samuel French Ltd. London. A full-length small-cast musical play in two acts. The play opened in 1973 in the Nottingham Playhouse and in the Duke of York Theatre in London the following year. * Paddington on Stage – plays for children (1974) Adapted by Michael Bond and Alfred Bradley. A book of seven short play scripts based on the Paddington stories and intended for children to perform. The scripts were based on the play The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington published by Samuel French. The plays included are: The arrival of Paddington; Paddington paints a picture; Paddington has a holiday; Paddington visits the dentist; Paddington goes to the launderette, Paddington goes to hospital; Paddington turns detective. The book also contains costume notes and the lyrics of two songs: I try so hard and Paddington Bear. * Paddington Rules the Waves (2008) A £1 World Book Day Book * Paddington Here and Now (2008) Published as part of the series' 50th anniversary celebrations. * Paddington's Cookery Book (2011)
BLUE PETER AND BEYOND
Michael Bond was also a
Paddington Bear's 1989 television series was the first by a North American company, Hanna-Barbera , a co-production with Central Independent Television . This series was traditional two-dimensional animation and featured veteran voice actor Charlie Adler as Paddington and Tim Curry as Mr Curry. The character of an American boy named David, Jonathan and Judy Brown's cousin who arrived in London on the same day as Paddington, was added to the stories in the 1989 cartoon.
(Buena Vista Home Video)
US VHS List ( NTSC/Region 1 Format)
* Vol.1 Please Look After This Bear * Vol.2 Paddington, P.I * Vol.3 All Paws * Vol.4 A Paddington Christmas * Vol.5 Backstage Bear * Vol.6 Bargain Basement Bear
Mill Creek Entertainment
In September 2007,
Warner Bros. and producer
David Heyman announced a
film adaptation of Paddington Bear.
Hamish McColl , who penned Mr
Bean\'s Holiday , would write the script. The film would not be an
adaptation of an existing story, but "draw inspiration from the whole
series" and feature a computer animated
On 25 June 2012, an official teaser poster was released for the film.
It states that the film will be released during 2014. A trailer was
later released confirming the release to be 28 November 2014. On 17
November 2014, the
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave
the film a PG certificate and advised parents that the film contained
"dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references, mild bad
language". Paul King , the film’s director, told
To celebrate the release of Paddington the movie, the Paddington Trail was launched. From 4 November until 30 December 2014, 50 Paddington statues were placed around London close to museums, parks, shops and key landmarks.
As the lead charity partner of The Paddington Trail, the NSPCC held an online auction in November and a live auction in December for the statues. All proceeds from the sale of the bears went to charity.
During 2015, it was announced that the studio was in talks with the producer about a sequel. The sequel, titled Paddington 2 , is scheduled to be released on 10 November 2017 in the UK.
IN POPULAR CULTURE
Paddington was featured on the
In November 2014, a balloon with
* Bond, Michael; Russell Ash (1988). The Life and Times of Paddington Bear. London: Pavilion. ISBN 978-1-85145-286-6 . OCLC 59889284 . * Pfeffer, Susan Beth (1999). Who Were They Really?: The True Stories behind Famous Characters. Brookfield, CN: Millbrook Press. ISBN 978-0-585-24808-0 . OCLC 40230491 . * Sheridan, Simon (2004). The A to Z of Classic Children's Television. London: Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 1-903111-27-7 . OCLC 56448513 .
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