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Literature: Paddington Bear
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 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.

A movie is in production, with Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and with the voice of Paddington to be announced. (Colin Firth 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.


These books contains examples of:

  • Accidental Bid: 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...
  • Bears Are Bad News: 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.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mr. Gruber
  • Cross Over: Two books featured Paddington's adventures with the cast of Blue Peter, for which Michael Bond worked as a cameraman.
  • Death Glare: Paddington's "hard stare"
  • Doorstop Baby: 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."
  • Fish out of Water: One of the main sources of humor and plot. Paddington emigrated from Darkest Peru and thus is very unfamiliar with British life.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Mr. Curry
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Paddington is a bear from Peru, but looks like a a brown bear from the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Nice Hat
  • Orwellian Retcon: 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Marmalade.
  • Weirdness Censor: Everyone in London seems surprisingly cool that the Browns have adopted a bear. That talks.
    Taxi Driver: Bears is sixpence extra. Sticky bears is ninepence.
    • In contrast, when Paddington competes in a popular TV game show, the host briefly experiences Sanity Slippage.

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