Follow TV Tropes


Western Animation / The Adventures of Paddington

Go To
The Adventures of Paddington is a Nickelodeon cartoon based off the Paddington Bear franchise, specifically the live-action movies.

This show stars everyone's favorite Peruvian, marmalade-eating bear, as he documents his daily activities and life lessons he learns in letters to his Aunt Lucy. Ben Whishaw reprises his role as Paddington from the movies, and new cast members include Morwenna Banks, Bobby Beynon, Sheena Bhattessa, Darren Boyd, Noel Clarke, Phyllis Logan, Monica Lopera, Sabrina Newton-Fisher, David Schofield, Reece Shearsmith, Liz Sutherland-Lim and Jeremiah Waysome. The show's theme song is sung by Gary Barlow (Take That!).

The Adventures of Paddington is directed by Adam Shaw and Chris Drew of BlueZoo, and developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont.

A sneak peek was aired on December 20, 2019 while the show officially premiered on January 20, 2020 on the Nick Jr. block. You can officially watch an episode here.

Not to be confused with The Adventures of Paddington Bear, the Cinar series.

The Adventures of Paddington provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Mrs Bird can do almost anything other than housekeeping for The Browns family. Such as: playing bagpipes, blowing balloons fast, dancing, lifting big and heavy objects, fixing vehicles and machines, etc.
  • Adaptational Diversity: The Browns neighborhood is much more diverse compared to the previous cartoons with more people of color like Canon Foreigner Mateo and his mom Sofia who are Afro-Caribbean, as well as Mrs. Pots who is Chinese respectively.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. Paddington's backstory of his parents dying in an earthquakenote  is not mentioned in the show, even though it was the whole reason why he came to London in the first place.
  • Age Lift: Paddington is younger in the show.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The series is animated in a stop-motion-like CGI.
  • An Aesop: Every episode has one. For instance, "Paddington Finds A Pigeon" has the lesson that if you love someone, you should always do what's best for them.
  • Bait-and-Switch: "As a special treat...we're going to walk on the other side of the road!"
  • Balloonacy: Paddington is shown flying with the use of balloons in the theme song.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Paddington has these sort of eyes.
  • Blatant Lies: In "Paddington and the Stamp", it's clear that Jonathan and Judy don't really enjoy the family walk, and only pretend to.
  • Canon Foreigner: Mateo, the Brown kids' friend, Ms. Potts, the owner of the local theater and Sofia, a cafe owner.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: A majority of the episode titles follow this format.
  • Chimney Entry: In "Paddington Finds A Pigeon", Pigeonton the pigeon comes in through the chimney.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Bird, who lives with the Brown family and is a mentor of sorts to young Paddington.
  • Death Glare: Paddington famously gives a hard stare to anyone or even some animals who are already too much or gone too far. For example: in "Paddington and the Stamp", Paddington gives Mr. Curry one when the latter refuses to help him.
  • Determinator: Paddington famously never gives up on anything despite he often ruin things first. Almost everyone ends up thanking him after his determined helps are worked as expected after they initially didn't believe his capabilities.
  • Framing Device: The letters that Paddington writes to Aunt Lucy.
  • Happily Married: Mr and Mrs Brown seem to love each other so much and rarely fight or argue.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Mrs. Bird once ran a tropical bird sanctuary in Borneo, which is where she gets her knowledge of bird care from.
    • Judy is good at gymnastics.
    • Jonathan can make model rocket ships.
    • Mr. Brown is an amazing singer and dancer.
    • Mr. Curry does Zumba classes with Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Bird.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: As shown in "Paddington Finds A Hobby", Paddington is not a good singer at all.
  • How We Got Here: Every episode starts with a scene of Paddington in his bedroom writing to Aunt Lucy over what just happened, and it flashes back to that particular activity.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mrs. Brown criticizes her husband on forgetting where he put the tickets for the circus only for Mr. Brown to discover his wife forgot to send his letter for his mother.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All of the episode titles begin with Paddington's name and relate to whatever he does in the episode.
  • It's a Long Story: Paddington says this word for word in "Paddington and the Stamp."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr Curry is known to be a typical Grumpy Old Man, but he seems to be grateful when getting helps and apologizes when he sees his errors.
  • Setting Update: Just like the 1989 and 1997 versions which took places during the late 80s and late 90s respectively, the 2020 takes place during the late 2010s. To reflect how diverse London is today compared to the old cartoons, the neighborhood where the Browns live have more people color with the new characters for the show like Mateo whose Black and Ms Potts whose Chinese.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Paddington can't live without his orange marmalade sandwich so much that he always keeps it inside his hat or coat as "emergency snacks".
    • Mrs Bird is fond of sardine.
    • Mr Curry loves and always stocks pickles, even when he has to move in to the Brown family while his house has to be repaired. He also keeps spams inside his refrigerator.
  • Walkie-Talkie Gag, Over: Happens in "Paddington Finds A Hobby", Paddington keeps saying "over" while on the walkie talkie.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Every episode is a flashback.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Mr. Brown is scared of pigeons, snakes, heights and has stage fright.
    • Mrs Bird seems to have nothing to fear but mice.
    • Mr Curry is afraid of squirrels.