Paddington Trailer: Dry British Wit, Sopping-Wet Bear

Paddington Trailer: Dry British Wit, Sopping-Wet Bear

Famous bear destroys Mr. Brown's bathroom in first full trailer for new live-action feature

The Weinstein Company and Studio Canal have released the first full trailer for November's new live-action Paddington movie, primarily showcasing an extended physical-comedy sequence in which the overly-curious bear accidentally floods the bathroom at 32 Windsor Gardens.

The film (which will debut for UK audiences a full month prior to its U.S. release) stars Colin Firth as the voice of the titular bear, an immigrant to London from "Darkest Peru." Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins are Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters is Mrs. Birg and Jim Broadbent is Mr. Gruber. Peter Capaldi, soon to be seen as the new star of Doctor Who, will appear as grumpy neighbor Mr. Curry.

Originating in a 1958 book by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear is one of the most popular heroes of modern children's literature, particularly in his native UK. The character has been adapted into at least three separate animated TV series in the past, the original of which was famed for it's unique blend of 2D and stop-motion animation and which gained U.S. popularity via airings on Romper Room, Calliope, Disney Channel and early-period Nickelodeon on Pinwheel.

Paddington will be released in UK cinemas on November 18

Source: Yahoo Movies

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Meh. Could be alright, could be shite in a waffle Iron (I suspect strongly it shall be the latter). Whilst nothing in particular screams 'Paddington Bear' (Like the absence of the Blue Rain Coat and Marmalade Sandwiches), it does at least look like it's trying to copy the plot of the TV show, as poor as this recreation is; It also looks like a CGI mess, however merciful in that they didn't give him a voice.

Oh wait, Colin Firth is the voice. I'm conflicted by this fact.

Oh god, they butchered it.
They could not have possibly done a worse job on this.
Hollywood has broken me.
All is lost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCPnsqxDKf4

I'd like you to view the trailer. Then view this, a scene that it's based on. Now I'd like to know why they felt the need to lobotomize " one of the most popular heroes of modern children's literature". After seeing what they did to "alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day", I've come to think that classic children's literature movies are simply code for "mindless slapstick, the kid's won't know!"

I'm glad Reading Rainbow is passing their kickstarter, because without it and the push for honest adaptations this stupid, ignorant bullshit will stain the stories for the next generation...

.....

They didn't have the good grace to let Michael Bond die before pulling this shit with his stories.

Oh for fuck's sake! So now even Paddington Bear has a "gritty and realistic" remake?

It's probably not too gritty, but Paddington looks far too realistic, far too much like a real bear that would sooner eat a child's face than a marmalade sandwich.

Oh well, at least he's cool now... while he swaggers around, tipping his hat with attitude and trying to resit the fact he's a an apex predator who could remove a man's bowels with one swipe if he so wished.

A note to other Hollywood types who are thinking of remaking another beloved childhood character; if the CGI rendition of that character looks like something you would shoot dead if you came home and saw it advancing on your child, then you're doing it wrong and have sorely missed the point.

Coming up next, watch the trailer for the Tom Savini reboot of Chortle and the Wheelies.

He looks a little too like a bear, and not cuddly enough, otherwise it doesn't look awful, and there's some good acting talent involved.

I'll reserve judgement until I've seen more of it.

Jamash:
Oh for fuck's sake! So now even Paddington Bear has a "gritty and realistic" remake?

It's probably not too gritty, but Paddington looks far too realistic, far too much like a real bear that would sooner eat a child's face than a marmalade sandwich.

Oh well, at least he's cool now... while he swaggers around, tipping his hat with attitude and trying to resit the fact he's a an apex predator who could remove a man's bowels with one swipe if he so wished.

A note to other Hollywood types who are thinking of remaking another beloved childhood character; if the CGI rendition of that character looks like something you would shoot dead if you came home and saw it advancing on your child, then you're doing it wrong and have sorely missed the point.

Coming up next, watch the trailer for the Tom Savini reboot of Chortle and the Wheelies.

I think a gritty paddington bear remake with Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker would be quite entertaining, honestly

Jesus, jumping down the film's throat much guys? Give it another trailer before you level two barrels full of nostalgia at the thing and blow it away with a blast of 'AAAH ALL IS LOST!' The thing is made for kids after all, were you expecting Voltaire-like witticisms?

I have absolutely no previous ties to the character or stories and I can still tell this is going to be stupid. I mean, there doesn't seem to be anything that warrants this needing to involve this specific character or even a bear in general - you could swap him for an alien and it'd be exactly the same vague "wacky" setup.

They took a sweet and innocent character and had him do at least three disgusting things in the course of a two minute trailer, none of which were the least bit funny. And that's what they chose to promote as the "good part" of the movie that would bring people into the theater.

Kids deserve better than that.

... I ... There...

*Sigh!*

I admit that I haven't read Paddington Bear in years, but wasn't he a teddy bear, and not a real one?

Having jumped to wikipedia, I admit I was incorrect in my recollection. But given that children emulate movies and the two minute scene, is anyone else worried about the repercussions?

Why does the bear sound middle aged?

Why is he so creepy looking?

Why does it matter who the PRODUCER is?

This movie better have some marmalade sandwiches in it or there will be fucking hell to pay!

Where is his coat? This is more like an episode of the Simpsons than Paddington. This is very low end British humor and that was never Paddington. Has sedate become a crime in movies now? They'll line up around the block for a murder spree but one hint of decorum at Brideshead and it's off to the races.

VoidWanderer:
... I ... There...

*Sigh!*

I admit that I haven't read Paddington Bear in years, but wasn't he a teddy bear, and not a real one?

Having jumped to wikipedia, I admit I was incorrect in my recollection. But given that children emulate movies and the two minute scene, is anyone else worried about the repercussions?

No, Paddington was a real bear, from the forests of Peru (had to look that up myself; it's been a long time.) You may be thinking of Winnie the Pooh.

Children only emulate movie characters when their parents are absent long enough. Am I being too subtle? OK, here: bad parents raise bad children. Don't blame someone who lives in another city or on another continent and interacts with youngsters for 1% of their week, when the fault lies with incompetent parents who are supposed to be there for the other 99% but couldn't be bothered.

Not G. Ivingname:
Why does it matter who the PRODUCER is?

That's basically the only question I have for this trailer...

OT: Eh... I'm going to need a second trailer before I say anything else...

Although, I did laugh at the whole "Dogs must be carried" bit... But, then again, I'm was that easily amused...

From all of the hateful responses, I was expecting something more like The Smurfs.

But after watching it, I really dont see it.

Sure, it's a bit crude in spots, but it actually seems pretty subtle compared to a lot of American kids films.

No Sir Michael Hordern then its not Paddington. Sir Michael's Gandalf owned McKellen's in the face.

Gundam GP01:
From all of the hateful responses, I was expecting something more like The Smurfs.

But after watching it, I really don't see it.

Sure, it's a bit crude in spots, but it actually seems pretty subtle compared to a lot of American kids films.

This is the original British tv version that contains part of the story that the trailer was based on

Very different in tone.

I... uh... well... I rather like it, to be honest. I can see it easily being the Christmas big hit, as the humour is more in tone with what kids today like than what people my age enjoyed as kids I think.

My childhood...... gone.....

Damn you Hollywood.... DAMN YOU!

(Also goes to show that supposed British acting talent will do anything for money)

Really? Was that necessary? Who the hell writes "Padington tries to clean his ears with a toothbrush, than licks it and falls in the toilet." for a script? This is just horrible....

Now I am really afraid about the Peanuts movie....probably they will throw in dick-jokes and an Adam Sandler cameo where he farts into Linus blanket....

putowtin:
My childhood...... gone.....

Damn you Hollywood.... DAMN YOU!

(Also goes to show that supposed British acting talent will do anything for money)

Well Hugh Bonneville may or may not have a super injunction to pay for. To stop anyone finding out what Helen Wood was paid 195 to do to him with an 8 inch long piece of plastic.

I don't remember Paddington Bear having that much slapstick in it.

I dunno that looked pretty good to me. I don't think I'd pay to go see it but when it hits the movie channels or netflix I'll give it a bash.

albino boo:

putowtin:
My childhood...... gone.....

Damn you Hollywood.... DAMN YOU!

(Also goes to show that supposed British acting talent will do anything for money)

Well Hugh Bonneville may or may not have a super injunction to pay for. To stop anyone finding out what Helen Wood was paid 195 to do to him with an 8 inch long piece of plastic.

Downton Abbey..... gone!!!!!

(JK)

putowtin:

albino boo:

putowtin:
My childhood...... gone.....

Damn you Hollywood.... DAMN YOU!

(Also goes to show that supposed British acting talent will do anything for money)

Well Hugh Bonneville may or may not have a super injunction to pay for. To stop anyone finding out what Helen Wood was paid 195 to do to him with an 8 inch long piece of plastic.

Downton Abbey..... gone!!!!!

(JK)

Au contraire mes amis, its rather in character. All the best people nipped of to the Paris brothels for weekends of kinky sex. The late King Edward VII started the fashion you know. However a Manchester courtesan, whose previous clients include Wayne Rooney not quite sound. If you are going to pay for kinky sex it has to be with, at least, with decadent of minor German royalty.You have to keep the side up, so to speak.

The writers have listen to me, a still from the next series

image

Authenticity is everything

albino boo:

putowtin:

albino boo:

Well Hugh Bonneville may or may not have a super injunction to pay for. To stop anyone finding out what Helen Wood was paid 195 to do to him with an 8 inch long piece of plastic.

Downton Abbey..... gone!!!!!

(JK)

Au contraire mes amis, its rather in character. All the best people nipped of to the Paris brothels for weekends of kinky sex. The late King Edward VII started the fashion you know. However a Manchester courtesan, whose previous clients include Wayne Rooney not quite sound. If you are going to pay for kinky sex it has to be with, at least, with decadent of minor German royalty.You have to keep the side up, so to speak.

The writers have listen to me, a still from the next series

image

Authenticity is everything

Do you mind, such speech toward one so British, why I've dropped my monocle into my Earl Grey!

And what's Hugh doing in bed with Tom Hollander?

It could of been alot worse, like a full CGI movies that kid goes to watch these days like Postman Pat.

Still I want to see him actually speak which I guess we will have to wait for the second trailer for that.

While I know nothing about Paddington Bear, except for that one comment up there that sayd he's a bear from Peru (which it looks nothing like) I gotta say that the bathroom scene looked pretty stupid, yet the "Dogs must be carried" just got me.

I usually expect nothing from this kind of movies, I might take a look at it once it's on DVD.

I dunno I thought it was pretty funny, I mean how would someone who's never seen a bathroom before react to any of that?

putowtin:

Do you mind, such speech toward one so British, why I've dropped my monocle into my Earl Grey!

And what's Hugh doing in bed with Tom Hollander?

You English, is ow we say repressed. Visit Paris mes amis, we show you a good time.

The photo was from a BBC 2 comedy from 5 or 6 years ago, called freezing. It was an attempt to do a curb your enthusiasm style of show but set in London. Needless to say it didn't last Hugh and Elizabeth McGovern were married fading stars and Tom was their agent. It had a great cast but just wasn't funny.

captcha: namby-pamby

Oh I say thats rather strong Captcha

To be fair it's been like 12 years since i watched one of those animated series last time, but i don't remember Paddington being so... stupid. Loveable and naive for sure, but not...this.

Although, that's mainly the bathroom scene. The dog thing actually seemed quite in line with what i'd imagined. If there's more stuff like that and less like the bathroom then hey, maybe i'll actually watch it.

 

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