Paddington Bear

Paddington

Creepy or not (and, yes, we still vote “not”), the upcoming Paddington Bear feature film, simply called Paddington, like he’s Cher or Madonna or another one-named pop star, is now in need of something pretty crucial: someone to voice the traveling Peruvian teddy bear. Entertainment Weekly reports that star Colin Firth (that would be “the thoroughly British” actor who, at least on paper, sounds like a nice fit for the curious bear with an exceedingly British fashion sense) has left the project, leaving the animated bear without a voice. Okay, now that is actually creepy. Firth, who will be forgiven for referring to the decision to part ways as a “conscious uncoupling” in a statement to the outlet, shares that he’s left the project for a seemingly simple reason — because he’s just not right for the part. Again, Colin Firth is the wrong person to play an animated teddy bear. Noted. Consider his offer to play Pooh in the next (totally fictional and only exists in our minds) Winnie the Pooh outing rescinded.

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Paddington

If nothing else, the Internet will take what you love and maim it. This week’s Paddington-centric meme proves it, and while it would be a bald-faced lie to say that the rapidly rising #creepypaddington Twitter trend isn’t at least somewhat amusing, it does handily demonize a beloved member of my own personal childhood imagination. An anthropomorphic British bear in a kicky little raincoat? What else could you possibly want in a kids lit hero? How could you make that seem evil? Paddington would never hurt you! Paddington is about to make his leap to the big screen with Paddington, where the throughly British (but actually Peruvian) real-life teddy bear will be voice by the thoroughly (and actually) British Colin Firth. Paddington is an origin story, which shares the tale of how Paddington, a forest bear, makes his way to the big city in hopes of finding some adventure and excitement. What he finds is disappointment, until the charming Brown family takes him in (and takes the note around his neck, which reads, ““Please look after this bear. Thank you,” quite seriously) and all sorts of lovely things happen. I am getting teary already. Just look at the film’s first full-length trailer while I gather myself:

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