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Published December 8th 2014
Introducing a new generation to a chidrens classic
As adults we all know the story of Paddington, a young bear from the jungles of Peru who is sent to London to find a new home after an earthquake destroys his own. Many of us have grown up reading the classic children's books by Michael Bond. However you may be surprised to learn that not many children of today have heard of Paddington Bear.
My children, aged 11 and 8, have not read the books and did not know anything about this classic story. Created by Michael Bond, Paddington has been the subject of numerous books and TV episodes since the first book was published in 1958. However this is the first time Paddington has been seen on the big screen. And I think it is the perfect opportunity to introduce a new generation to this children's classic.
The movie is rated G and stars Hugh Bonneville as Mr Brown, Sally Hawkins as Mrs Brown, Nicole Kidman as villain Millicent and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
The movie is directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman of the Harry Potter series.
It is a great family movie with exceptional special effects bringing Paddington to life on the screen. You do not once think he is not a real character while watching the movie. He is charming and exceptionally polite but somehow manages to wreak havoc wherever he goes. There are some very funny scenes in the movie such as when Paddington attempts to clean up on arrival at The Brown's house as well as when Paddington is introduced to an escalator at Grand Central Station. These scenes had the whole cinema in stitches.
Unlike some children's movies this one is not too long, with a run time of approximately 95 minutes, and my children were not squirming in their seats or getting restless towards the end at all. While there is a message in the movie about difference, acceptance and compassion, it is expressed gently in a way that children can relate to.
My reluctant 11 year old did enjoy the movie and my 8 year old gave it a 9 out of 10 and is now interested in reading the books.
I also enjoyed the movie and would highly recommend it as a great family movie for the school holidays.