|Directed by||Paul King|
|Based on||Paddington Bear|
by Michael Bond
|Produced by||David Heyman|
|Music by||Dario Marianelli|
|Box office||$228 million|
Paddington 2 is a 2017 live-action animated comedy film directed by Paul King and written by King and Simon Farnaby. Based on the stories of Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond (to whom the film is also dedicated, Bond having died that year), it is the sequel to Paddington (2014), and is produced by Heyday Films and StudioCanal UK. The film, a British-French-Luxembourgish co-production, stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Hugh Grant in live-action roles. In the film, Paddington is framed and imprisoned for theft, so he and his family have to find the real culprit and prove his innocence.
The film was confirmed to be in development in April 2015. Principal photography began in October 2016 and ended in June 2017. The film was theatrically released on 10 November 2017 in the United Kingdom and 6 December 2017 in France, and grossed $227 million worldwide. The film received widespread critical acclaim on Metacritic and gained an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, becoming the highest-rated film on the site until a single negative review was registered in 2021. It is widely considered one of the best films of the 2010s, for both children and adults. It received three nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards: Outstanding British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for Grant. A third film, Paddington in Peru, is in production.
Paddington, having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, offers his neighbors emotional support in various ways. To purchase a pop-up book of London in Samuel Gruber's antique shop for his aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington performs several odd jobs and saves his wages, but he soon witnesses the book being stolen. Paddington gives chase, but the thief escapes, and Paddington is framed when the police see him running away from Gruber's. The thief returns home and is revealed to be Phoenix Buchanan, an egotistical actor who also lives in Windsor Gardens. In court, with no evidence of the thief's existence (and because the judge was a dissatisfied customer of Paddington's in a barbershop), Paddington is convicted and sent to prison.
The prison's short-tempered chef, Knuckles, recruits Paddington after being impressed by his marmalade sandwich recipe. The Browns work to clear Paddington's name, putting up sketches of the thief all over London. Buchanan uses the book to locate a series of clues within London's landmarks, which unveil the location of a secret treasure. During their efforts to prove Paddington's innocence, the Browns encounter a fortune teller who informs them that the book leads to the hidden fortune of the original author.
With Paddington inside, the prison is a much livelier place, but Paddington struggles to remain positive when the Browns are unable to prove his innocence, but keep hunting. Knuckles and two other prisoners, Phibs and Spoon, later tell Paddington that although the Browns mean well, they will eventually forget about him.
Becoming convinced that Buchanan is the culprit, the Browns look for the stolen book inside his house. They find a secret attic where Buchanan's various costumes are stashed, including the disguise he wore to steal the book. Meanwhile, the Browns' investigation causes them to miss visiting Paddington in prison.
Paddington, believing the Browns have forgotten him, joins Knuckles, Phibs and Spoon in a prison break. They promise to aid in proving his innocence, but after escaping, they promptly abandon the idea in order to flee the country, inviting Paddington to join them. Paddington refuses and, while avoiding the police, uses a public telephone to contact the Browns, who assert that Buchanan is the real culprit. To catch Buchanan, they arrange to meet at Paddington Station, where a carnival train carrying the hidden fortune is due to leave.
Paddington reaches the station, hides in a litter bin to avoid the police, and boards the train just as it leaves. The Browns pursue on a LNER Peppercorn Class A1, at the opposite platform. Buchanan finds the hidden fortune, but is thwarted by Paddington. Henry, Judy and Mrs. Bird catch up and board the other train to confront Buchanan, who overwhelms them and escapes. He severs the coupling of the train's rear carriage (with Paddington locked inside), but is photographed by Judy while holding the book, before Henry knocks him out.
Paddington is still trapped in the rear carriage when it derails and crashes into a nearby river. Mary tries to rescue Paddington, but struggles to open the locked carriage; she is soon assisted by Knuckles, Phibs, and Spoon, who had a change of heart and decide to help Paddington as promised.
Paddington falls into a coma, but wakes up on Lucy's birthday. He learns that he has been exonerated, and that Buchanan has been arrested. Paddington is disappointed that he cannot give Lucy the book, which was taken in as evidence, but discovers that the Browns, with the help their neighbours, made sure Lucy could come to London herself. Paddington hugs Lucy, wishing her a happy birthday.
During the credits, Knuckles, Phibs, and Spoon are pardoned, and Knuckles opens a sandwich business. Buchanan is sentenced to 10 years in prison; six months later, he is shown to be putting his experience as a performer to further use by hosting shows for the inmates and providing entertainment throughout the building. The book was handed over to the Browns after it was released from the authorities.
In April 2015, David Heyman, the producer of Paddington (2014), confirmed that a sequel was in development. It was also announced that Paul King would return to direct, and co-write the screenplay with Simon Farnaby. Heyman's Heyday Films, and StudioCanal, produced the film, making it a British-French co-production. By October 2016, most of the cast of Paddington — Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton — were confirmed to be returning for the sequel, joined by Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. Grant described his character as "enormously vain and narcissistic".
Principal photography began on 18 October. Many of the domestic interiors were filmed on stages at Pinewood Studios and Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, but producers also shot at key central London locations like Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral. Jonah Coombes, supervising location on both Paddington and the sequel, stated, “We were looking for locations that celebrated London and delivered the kind of cinematic scale we were looking for.” Framestore provided the visual effects for the film, including the elaborate pop-up book sequence. On 7 February 2017, filming featured in the CBBC documentary series All Over the Workplace. Filming took place in London's Little Venice for three days, and also at Shepton Mallet Prison and Knebworth Park. Craig Revel Horwood choreographed the prison dance scene. Principal photography wrapped on 27 June 2017. Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, died the same day, and the film was dedicated to him.
The music of the film was composed by Dario Marianelli.
|2.||"The Pop-Up Book"||1:29|
|3.||"A Shave, Sir? A Light Pomade"||1:54|
|5.||"Rub and Scrub (Tobago and d'Lime)"||2:27|
|6.||"The Book Is Stolen"||2:21|
|7.||"A Letter from Prison"||2:20|
|8.||"It's Only One Red Sock"||1:24|
|9.||"Madame Kozlova's Story"||1:19|
|10.||"One Orange at a Time"||3:03|
|11.||"An Unusually Attractive Nun"||1:19|
|13.||"Love Thy Neighbour (Tobago and d'Lime)"||2:05|
|17.||"Lost and Found"||3:03|
|18.||"Race to Paddington Station"||1:34|
|19.||"The Steam Trains"||3:46|
|22.||"Happy Birthday Aunt Lucy"||3:34|
|23.||"Jump in the Line (End Titles)"||5:31|
Additional music in the film, not included on the soundtrack recording:
"Rain on the Roof" (Stephen Sondheim) – Hugh Grant; performed during the end credits.
Paddington 2 had its world premiere in London on 5 November 2017, and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 10 November. It was released on 6 December in France, 7 December in Germany, 21 December in Australia and New Zealand, and 12 January 2018 in the United States.
StudioCanal distributed Paddington 2 in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The film was originally planned to be distributed by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films in the United States through their sub-label, TWC-Dimension, as the first film was. However, following the sexual assault allegations against Weinstein Company founder Harvey Weinstein, Heyday Films and StudioCanal looked for another American distributor for Paddington 2, because they believed that a film for children should not be associated with the Weinstein scandal. In mid-November 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures, which distributed Heyday's Harry Potter films and was already distributing the Paddington films in Spain, acquired the film's North American distribution rights for $32 million (£24 million). Warner Bros. also has the right of first refusal to distribute future Paddington films in North America, though it was later rescinded when it was announced that the third film would be distributed by Sony Pictures in North America.
From 9 October 2017, five pop-up installations of Paddington's pop-up book, featured in the film, were placed around London, at Peter's Hill, Tower Bridge, Paddington Station, Peninsula Square and Bankside. The event was promoted by Visit London. The launch was attended by Hugh Bonneville and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
On 16 October 2017, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a Paddington 2 charity event at Paddington Station, along with some of the cast and crew of the film. A video game based on the film, Paddington Run, was released on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices on 25 October 2017.
On 26 October 2017, it was announced that Paddington would appear in the 2017 Marks & Spencer Christmas advertisement. A teaser was released on 4 November 2017. The advertisement itself was released on 7 November 2017 and had its television premiere on the Pride of Britain Awards 2017. Whishaw returned to voice Paddington, and the advertisement also featured Mark Benton and Angela Rippon.
Paddington 2 was released on streaming platform Amazon Video on 5 March 2018. The film was released in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 12 March 2018. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the United States on 24 April 2018 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Paddington 2 grossed $40.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $186.4 million in other countries (including $59.4 million in the United Kingdom), for a worldwide total of $227.3 million.
In its first weekend in the United Kingdom, the film grossed $10.9 million (£8.3 million), more than the first film ($8/£6 million), becoming StudioCanal's highest-grossing film opening weekend in the United Kingdom to date. In its second weekend, the film dropped 20% and grossed another $8.8 million (£6.6 million).
In the United States and Canada, Paddington 2 was released alongside the openings of The Commuter and Proud Mary, as well as the wide expansion of The Post, and was projected to gross $15–17 million from 3,702 theatres in opening weekend. It made $2.4 million on its first day and $11 million over the weekend (including $15 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend), finishing 7th at the box office, and marking a near-50% decline from the opening of the first film. It made $8 million in its second weekend, dropping 27% and finishing 6th.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Paddington 2 has an approval rating of 99% based on 252 reviews, with an average rating of 8.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Paddington 2 honours its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure." On 18 January 2018, it became the most-reviewed film ever to remain at 100% on the site, with 164 positive reviews, beating Toy Story 2, which had 163 positive reviews at the time. Lady Bird had previously beaten the record the past November, but registered a negative review at 196. In 2021, the 100% score for Citizen Kane (1941), often regarded as the greatest film ever made, was changed to 99% following the inclusion of an 80-year-old negative review; some publications satirically labelled Paddington 2 as a better film than Citizen Kane due to their respective scores. In May 2021, Paddington 2's score dropped to 99% after a negative review from 2021 was registered on the site.
On Metacritic, another review aggregator, the film has a weighted average score of 88 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". On French entertainment information publisher AlloCiné, the film has an average grade of 4.0/5 based on 22 critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessor.
Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Paddington 2 won't save the world, sadly, but its existence makes everything just that tiny bit better and more, well, bearable." Guy Lodge of Variety wrote, "Another near pawfect family entertainment, honouring the cosy, can-do spirit of Michael Bond's stories while bringing them smoothly into a bustling, diverse 21st century London — with space for some light anti-Brexit subtext to boot." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote, "The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone: it's humour with the citrus tang of top quality thick-cut marmalade." In 2019, The Guardian ranked Paddington 2 the 69th best film of the 21st century.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Heartland Film Festival||31 December 2017||Truly Moving Picture Award||Paul King||Won|||
|London Film Critics' Circle Awards||28 January 2018||Best British or Irish Film||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Hugh Grant||Won|
|Best British or Irish Actress||Sally Hawkins (also for The Shape of Water and Maudie)||Won|
|Best Breakthrough British or Irish Filmmaker||Simon Farnaby||Nominated|
|Technical Achievement||Pablo Grillo||Nominated|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||8 February 2018||Everyman Award for Best Film||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Peter Sellers Award for Comedy||Won|
|Technical Achievement||Gary Williamson||Won|
|British Academy Film Awards||18 February 2018||Best British Film||Paul King, David Heyman and Simon Farnaby||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Hugh Grant||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Simon Farnaby and Paul King||Nominated|
|International Film Music Critics Association||22 February 2018||Best Original Score for a Comedy Film||Dario Marianelli||Nominated|||
|Empire Awards||18 March 2018||Best British Film||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||27 June 2018||Best Fantasy Film||Nominated|||
|Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Mid-Season Awards||3 July 2018||Best Picture||David Heyman||Runner-Up|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Hugh Grant||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Paul King and Simon Farnaby||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||11 November 2018||The Family Movie of 2018||Paddington 2||Shortlisted|||
|British Academy Children's Awards||25 November 2018||Feature Film||Paul King, Simon Farnaby and David Heyman||Won|||
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||3 December 2018||Best Voice Performance||Ben Whishaw||Nominated|||
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||7 December 2018||Best Art Direction/Production Design||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Best Use of Visual Effects||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||9 December 2018||Best Supporting Actor||Hugh Grant||Runner-up|||
|San Diego Film Critics Society||10 December 2018||Best Visual Effects||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Best Costume Design||Runner-up|
|Best Comedic Performance||Hugh Grant||Won|
|St. Louis Film Critics Association||16 December 2018||Best Comedy||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Seattle Film Critics Society||17 December 2018||Best Picture||Nominated|||
|Villain of the year||Hugh Grant||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards||17 December 2018||Best Picture||Paddington 2||Runner-Up|||
|Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance||Ben Whishaw||Runner-Up|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||21 December 2018||Best Supporting Actor||Hugh Grant||Nominated|||
|Best Art Direction/Production Design||Paddington 2||Runner-Up|
|Austin Film Critics Association||7 January 2019||Best Supporting Actor||Hugh Grant||Nominated|||
|Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance||Ben Whishaw||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society||9 January 2019||Best Visual Effects or Animated Performance||Ben Whishaw||Nominated|||
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||10 January 2019||Best Supporting Actor||Hugh Grant||Nominated|||
|Golden Tomato Awards||11 January 2019||Best-Reviewed Wide Release||Paddington 2||7th Place|||
|Best Movie 2018: UK||Won|
|Best Kids and Family Movie||Won|
|Annie Awards||2 February 2019||Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production||Pablo Grillo, Laurent Laban, Kyle Dunlevy, Stuart Ellis and Liam Russell||Nominated|||
|Movieguide Awards||8 February 2019||Best Movie for Families||Paddington 2||Nominated|||
|Faith & Freedom Award for Movies||Nominated|
On 9 October 2017, StudioCanal announced that they were producing The Adventures of Paddington, an animated series based on the film, with Whishaw reprising his role as Paddington. The series premiered worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.
Main article: Paddington in Peru
In June 2016, StudioCanal CEO Didier Lupfer stated that the studio was committed to making a third Paddington film. In November 2017, David Heyman told Digital Spy that though the script for a third film had not been developed, discussions about locations, ideas and scenes had already begun. In November 2018, Heyman noted that a third film was likely to happen, but that Paul King would not be back to direct due to him working on Wonka, though he would still be involved in a prominent creative capacity. In February 2021, Paddington 3 officially began development.
In July 2021, StudioCanal announced that Paddington 3 will begin shooting in the first quarter of 2022. The story for the third film was written by Paul King, Simon Farnaby, and Mark Burton, and the screenplay by Burton, Jon Foster and James Lamont. In June 2022, the film's title Paddington in Peru and Dougal Wilson as director were announced, with principal photography now set to begin 2023. In April 2023, it was confirmed Paddington in Peru would start filming on 24 July. In May 2023, at the Cannes film festival, Sony Pictures confirmed they had acquired the North American distribution rights for the third film. In June 2023, Olivia Colman, Antonio Banderas, and Rachel Zegler joined the cast as newcomers, while Emily Mortimer was announced to replace Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown. Filming commenced in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2023.
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