The classic children's book character Paddington Bear is getting his first shot at the big screen in this December's "Paddington," and it's all veddy British and polite. Children's movies these days are a big splashy affair, with plenty of IMAX bells and 3D whistles to keep everyone entertained, but "Paddington" is a slightly more subdued offering that combines live action with animation.
Mr. Darcy himself, Colin Firth, is lending his voice to the marmalade sammich-loving bear. His human costars include Nicole Kidman as a museum taxidermist who's got her eye on Paddington; Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville as his adoptive parents, the Browns; Jim Broadbent as antique shop owner Mr. Gruber; and Julie Walters as the Browns' nanny Mrs. Bird.
In fact, the talent attached to the movie is all rather fancy and adult in an art-house sort of way. The special effects were handled by Framestore, which did the Oscar-winning special effects for "Gravity," for starters. Writer/director Paul King is known for his work on the visually inventive movie "Bunny and the Bull" and the fabulously weird series "The Mighty Boosh." DP Erik Wilson's resume includes the Nick Cave doc "20,000 Days on Earth," which is getting lots of praise on the festival circuit, and the extraordinary Richard Ayoade movie "The Double," with Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Not too shabby for a little bear in a big yellow hat.
Take a look at the teaser trailer and let us know what you think. "Paddington" opens December 12 in U.S.