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Paddington
File:Paddington (1975) opening image.jpg
Opening title image
StarringMichael Hordern
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes56 + 3 specials
Production
Running time5 min.
Release
Original networkBBC1 CBBC
Original release5 January 1976 –
18 April 1980 (specials in 1980, 1984 and 1986)

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File:Paddington (1975) meeting Mr and Mrs Brown.jpg

Paddington meeting Mr and Mrs Brown for the first time, showing the characteristic mix of 2D and stop-motion animation.

Paddington Bear is a series of British animated shorts based on the Paddington Bear book series by Michael Bond produced by FilmFair. This was the first television series based on the popular children's book Paddington Bear. In the United States it was usually shown on pay television as filler in between programmes. Its narrator was actor Michael Hordern. The series has a very distinctive art style. Paddington himself is a stop-motion animated puppet who moves within a 3-dimensional space and interacts with 2-dimensional animated drawings of the human characters, buildings, etc.

Broadcast[]

Series One (episodes 1 to 30, entitled Paddington) was aired on the BBC1 in 1976 (having been produced the previous year), and Series Two (episodes 31 to 56, entitled The Adventures of Paddington) between 1978 and 1979, with specials airing in 1980, 1984 and 1986. Internationally, episodes of the series aired in the United States on PBS, on the syndicated series Romper Room, on Nickelodeon as a segment on the programme Pinwheel and on USA Network as a segment on the Calliope (TV series) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as in between preschool programming on The Disney Channel as a segment on the programme Lunch Box from the late 1980s into the 1990s.[2][3] The series also aired on HBO in between features, usually when they were airing children's programmes. It was also aired on the ABC in Australia in the early 1980s.

Episodes[]

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No. Episode Name Original air date

Specials[]

  • Paddington Goes To The Movies (1980)

A 21-minute special in which Paddington goes to the movies. On leaving, in the street outside complete with umbrella, he performs Gene Kelly's famous dance routine from Singin' in the Rain. Original Air Date: 15 March 1983

  • Paddington Goes to School (1984)

A 25-minute special in which Paddington is forced to go to school when a truant officer says that he must go since he is "of age". Includes a scene in which he performs Flight of the Bumblebee on a violin. In this episode, colour has been added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. Original Air Date: 3 January 1985.

  • Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (1986)

A 24-minute special in which Paddington finds himself in trouble as he becomes a one-man band to raise money to buy Mr. Brown's birthday present. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan... In this episode colour has been added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. Additionally, this is the first and only episode where the animated characters' mouths actually move when they speak. This is also the series finale. Original Air Date: 26 December 1987

  • NOTE: The specials were originally broadcast on the BBC. Paddington Goes To The Movies was shown at 06:35 on 1 January 1993 during the opening broadcast of GMTV and all the specials were repeated on CITV in early 2002.

In popular culture[]

Paddington is seen in four adverts for Marmite in the late 2000s.[4][5]

DVD releases[]

In Region 2, Abbey Home Media Group released the entire series on DVD in the UK on 23 June 2008. The 2-disc set features all 56 shorts as well as the 3 specials.[6]

In Region 1, Mill Creek Entertainment (under licence from Cookie Jar Group) released the complete series on DVD on 15 February 2011 in a 3-disc set entitled Paddington Bear- The Complete Classic Series.[7]

References[]

  1. Jaafar, Ali (20 June 2016). "StudioCanal Acquires Paddington Bear Intellectual Rights". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  2. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 7, no. 4, July/August 1989: p. 57.
  3. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 6, November/December 1991: p. 34.
  4. Rajan, Amol (20 September 2007). "Paddington Bear 'compromised by Marmite ad'". Independent. London. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  5. Breakdown, Ad (13 September 2007). "Love it or hate it". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  6. The Complete Paddington Bear [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Paddington Bear: DVD. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  7. Paddington Bear DVD news: Announcement for The Complete Classic Series and Marmalade Madness. TVShowsOnDVD.com (25 May 2007). Retrieved 30 April 2011.

External links[]

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