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.
Not to be confused with The Adventures of Paddington Bear, the Cinar series.
The Adventures of Paddington provides examples of:
- Adaptational Diversity: The Browns neighborhood is much diverse compared to the previous cartoons with more people of color like Canon Foreigner Mateo, Ms. Potts, Mateo and his mom Sofia who are Chinese and Afro-Caribbean 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: In "Paddington and the Stamp", Paddington gives Mr. Curry a Hard Stare.
- Framing Device: The letters that Paddington writes to Aunt Lucy.
- 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 makes model rocket ships.
- Mr. Brown is an amazing singer.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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 and snakes. He's also scared of heights and has stage fright.