->Please Look After This Bear. Thank You.

A series of books first appearing in 1958, written by Michael Bond, about the antics of a small anthropomorphic brown bear who lives with an ordinary London family. Paddington is usually seen wearing a blue duffel coat (a somewhat old-fashioned warm coat fastened by toggles) and rather shapeless black hat (though more modern versions sometimes give him a red hat instead, or even reverse the colours for a blue hat and red coat).

Paddington books continued to be written throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and spawned [[{{WesternAnimation/Paddington}} a TV series of 5 minute shorts]] that ran from 1975 to 1986. The unique visual style (Paddington himself is a stop-motion figure, the backgrounds are black-and-white line drawings and the other characters are 2D paper cutouts) and catchy theme tune led to it becoming a well-loved childhood favourite.

[[TheFilmOfTheBook A movie]] is in production, with NicoleKidman, SallyHawkins, HughBonneville, JimBroadbent, PeterCapaldi, and with the voice of Paddington to be announced. (ColinFirth was to voice him, but recently dropped out of the project due to mutual agreement that his voice wasn't quite right for the character.) The film is expected to be released in December of 2014.

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!!These books contains examples of:

* AccidentalBid: Paddington Bear once went to an auction. He found it a very friendly place. People kept on waving at him, so naturally he waved back...
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted, yet also played straight in a mild way. Paddington is courteous, completely non-violent, and ''freaking adorable'', yet has quite a knack for getting into all sorts of trouble, whether it's accidentally destroying his neighbor's hammock, letting a marmalade sandwich slip inside a film projector, or trashing the kitchen with one of his sloppy baking attempts.
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Gruber
* CrossOver: Two books featured Paddington's adventures with the cast of ''BluePeter'', for which Michael Bond worked as a cameraman.
* DeathGlare: Paddington's "hard stare"
* DoorstopBaby: The Browns found him sitting on the platform of Paddington Station, near the lost property office, with a label round his neck bearing the words "Please Look After This Bear. Thank You."
* FishOutOfWater: One of the main sources of humor and plot. Paddington emigrated from Darkest Peru and thus is very unfamiliar with British life.
* GrumpyOldMan: Mr. Curry
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* MisplacedWildlife: Paddington is a bear [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectacled_Bear from Peru]], but looks like a a brown bear from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_bear Northern Hemisphere]].
* NiceHat
* OrwellianRetcon: On a minor scale. More modern editions of the Paddington books have sometimes added sequences where the Bear is informed just how dangerous certain stunts he's done actually are (such as taking apart a television set) and Paddington exclaims that he hopes no young children ever imitate such an unsafe act.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Marmalade.
* WeirdnessCensor: Everyone in London seems surprisingly cool that the Browns have adopted a ''bear''. That ''talks''.
-->'''[[GabbyCabbie Taxi Driver]]''': [[FantasticRacism Bears is sixpence extra.]] ''Sticky bears'' is ninepence.
** In contrast, when Paddington competes in a popular TV game show, the host briefly experiences SanitySlippage.
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