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The Pre-Take on, 'Paddington'

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Paddington Bear is a fictional character, originally popular amongst English children. Paddington Bear was created by British writer, Michael Bond, in 1958. Outfitted with a battered old hat, a duffle coat, and an unreasonably profound love of marmalade, Paddington's adventures centered around a peruvian bear's search for home and family. Since his creation, Paddington has appeared in more than 70 titles, which have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. In the mid-70s, Paddington Bear was translated into an animated television series, which ran for at least four seasons. In November of 2014, Paddington will take his next step into the real world, with the assistance of a team of talented CG artists and StudioCanal.

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The new feature will retell the tale of Paddington Bear's search for a family and a home. Set in a modern day London, Paddington arrives at Paddington Station baring a tag asking the reader to "please take care of this bear." From there, the plot is peppered with elements, characters, and events which honor the spirit and the primary thread of the original texts. However, while the core of the story is charming and heartfelt, the Mr. Bean style of physical and situational comedy may be a little difficult for some audiences to identify with on the big screen. Helping to bring Paddington's story to life, a host of well known actors help to fill out the cast around the iconic bear. To name a few, Nicole Kidman (Millicent) , Hugh Bonneville (Mr. Brown), Peter Capaldi (Mr. Curry), and Sally Hawkins (Mrs. Brown) co-star in supporting roles, some in the flesh, others in voice. Colin Firth was originally cast to voice Paddington, but after a short stint in the role, Firth withdrew from the production for unknown reasons. According to a quote published in Empire, "it’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn't have my voice," said Firth. Despite the uncoupling, "Paddington" is expected to be ready for its scheduled release date in the UK.

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