Over in England, one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature is Paddington Bear, an anthropomorphised Peruvian bear who gets into all sorts of mishaps in London when he travels there from his home country. Studiocanal is taking a stab at bringing the creature to the big screen with this December’s Paddington, which finds Colin Firth voicing the titular character.
Now, two new images have arrived online (seen above and below), showing us the detailed animation that Studiocanal is using to bring Paddington into a live-action story. The photos don’t reveal a whole lot about the movie itself, but I do like the visual style that the filmmakers seem to be going for here.
Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star in Paddington, which is due out on December 25th.
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat …