Paddington
(2014-present)

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Paddington is a 2014 live-action animated comedy film written and directed by Paul King. It was developed from a story by King and Hamish McColl, which was based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond. Produced by David Heyman, Paddington stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the title character, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman in live-action roles. The film tells the story of Paddington, an anthropomorphic bear who migrates from the jungles of "Darkest Peru" to the streets of London, where he is adopted by the Brown family. Kidman plays a taxidermist who attempts to add him to her collection. A British and French venture produced by StudioCanal UK, TF1, and Heyday, Paddington's principal photography began in September 2013 and wrapped up in June 2014. Colin Firth was originally set to voice Paddington, but dropped out in post-production and was replaced by Whishaw. Paddington was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2014 to critical acclaim and grossed $268 million worldwide on a €38.5 (~$55) million budget. It received two nominations at the BAFTAs: for Best British Film and for Best Adapted Screenplay. A sequel, Paddington 2, followed in 2017, with King returning as director and screenwriter.

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Paddington Bear As described in Michael Bond's best-selling book, 'A Bear Called Paddington', Paddington Bear first arrived at Paddington Station in 1958. Scenes from his first big-screen adventure 'Paddington. were filmed here at the station in the autumn of 2013.

Platform, 1 Paddington Station, Praed Street, London, United Kingdom where it was filmed (2013)