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Paddington 2
Paddington 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul King
Produced by David Heyman
Written by
  • Paul King
  • Simon Farnaby
Starring
Music by Dario Marianelli
Cinematography Erik Wilson
Editing by
  • Jonathan Amos
  • Mark Everson
Studio
  • Heyday Films
  • StudioCanal UK
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date(s) 5 November 2017 (2017-11-05) (London)
10 November 2017 (2017-11-10) (United Kingdom)
6 December 2017 (2017-12-06) (France)
Running time 104 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • France
Language English
Budget $40 million
Money made $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, he 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 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 tries to get a present for his aunt's birthday, but when the gift is stolen he is arrested and imprisoned for the theft, and his family have to find the real culprit and prove Paddington's innocence.

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. It received widespread critical acclaim on Metacritic, and has an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (and is, with 243 positive reviews, the highest-rated film on the site). 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.

Plot

Paddington, having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, has become popular in his community, offering people emotional support in various ways. To purchase a unique 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 the book is stolen. Paddington gives chase, but the thief escapes, and Paddington is framed. The thief returns home and is revealed to be Phoenix Buchanan, an egotistical actor who lives near the Browns. Paddington appears in court, and although Gruber states that he does not believe that Paddington stole the book, with no evidence of the thief's existence, Paddington is convicted and sent to prison.

While in prison, Paddington befriends many of the inmates, including the short-tempered chef Knuckles, who recruits Paddington, impressed by his marmalade sandwich recipe. The Browns work to clear Paddington's name, putting up sketches of the thief. Buchanan uses the book to locate a series of clues within London's landmarks, which he believes will 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, 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 costume of the thief. Buchanan returns home and they are forced to leave. Meanwhile, the Browns' investigation causes them to miss visiting Paddington in prison.

Paddington, thinking that the Browns have in fact 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 leave 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 him, they arrange to meet at Paddington Station, where a carnival train carrying the supposed location of the hidden fortune is due to leave.

Paddington reaches the station, disguising himself as 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. When caught up, Henry, Judy and Mrs. Bird board the other train and 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 left stranded in the rear carriage, which crashes into a nearby river. Mary tries to rescue Paddington but struggles to open the locked carriage; she is soon assisted by Knuckles and the other inmates, who had a change of heart and decide to help Paddington as promised.

Paddington becomes very ill and falls into a coma, but wakes up on Lucy's birthday. He learns that he has been exonerated, and that Buchanan has been arrested. He is disappointed that he cannot give Lucy the book, which was taken in as evidence, but soon discovers the Browns, with the help of various other people in the neighbourhood, made sure Lucy could come to London and see it for herself. When answering the door to her, Paddington rushes up and hugs her, 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.

Cast

Main Cast

  • Hugh Bonneville as Henry Brown, Mary's husband and Judy and Jonathan's father
  • Sally Hawkins as Mary Brown, Henry's wife and Judy and Jonathan's mother
  • Hugh Grant as Phoenix Buchanan, a narcissistic actor and former star of the West End theatre, reduced to making adverts for dog food.
  • Brendan Gleeson as Knuckles McGinty, the short-tempered prison cook
  • Madeleine Harris as Judy Brown, Mary and Henry's daughter and Jonathan's sister
  • Samuel Joslin as Jonathan Brown, Mary and Henry's son and Judy's brother
  • Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the Browns' housekeeper
  • Jim Broadbent as Samuel Gruber, an antique shop owner and a friend of the Browns
  • Peter Capaldi as Mr. Curry, the Browns' busybody neighbour who despises Paddington

Voices

Supporting Cast

  • Joanna Lumley as Felicity Fanshaw, Phoenix's agent
  • Eileen Atkins as Madame Kozlova, the fortune teller at the fair
  • Ben Miller as Colonel Lancaster
  • Simon Farnaby as Barry, the security guard
  • Jessica Hynes as Miss Kitts, a newsagent
  • Noah Taylor as Phibs, an inmate who is a former restaurant critic
  • Aaron Neil as Spoon, an inmate
  • Tom Davis as T-Bone, an inmate
  • Tom Conti as Judge Gerald Biggleswade, a judge who presides over Paddington's trial, having previously been a victim of a botched haircut by Paddington.
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr. Jafri
  • Marie-France Alvarez as Mademoiselle Dubois
  • Maggie Steed as Mrs. Gertrude Biggleswade, the wife of Gerald Biggleswade
  • Richard Ayoade as a Forensic Investigator
  • Meera Syal as a Prosecutor
  • Enzo Squillino Jr. as Mr Giuseppe, a barber who initially employs Paddington, before firing him for botching a haircut
  • Jamie Demetriou as The Professor, an inmate

Production

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.

Principal photography began on 18 October 2016. 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. Principal photography ended on 27 June 2017. Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, died the same day, and the film was dedicated to him.

Soundtrack

The music of the film was composed by Dario Marianelli.

Tracklist
No. Title Length
1. "Windsor Gardens"   4:03
2. "The Pop-Up Book"   1:29
3. "A Shave, Sir? A Light Pomade"   1:54
4. "Window Cleaning"   3:15
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
12. "Marmalade Chefs"   1:22
13. "Love Thy Neighbour (Tobago and d'Lime)"   2:05
14. "The Break-In"   3:24
15. "Jungle Jail"   2:14
16. "Escape Waltz"   3:27
17. "Lost and Found"   3:03
18. "Race to Paddington Station"   1:34
19. "The Steam Trains"   3:46
20. "Bullseye-Henry"   2:04
21. "Splash"   2:22
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 – performed by Hugh Grant, during the end credits. Song from Follies by Stephen Sondheim.

Release

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 the film in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Marketing

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.

Home media

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.

Accolades

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 December 9, 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 December 17, 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 January 10, 2019 Best Supporting Actor Hugh Grant Nominated
Golden Tomato Awards January 11, 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 February 8, 2019 Best Movie for Families Paddington 2 Nominated
Faith & Freedom Award for Movies Nominated

Sequel

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, though he would still be involved in a prominent creative capacity. In February 2021, Paddington 3 officially began development.

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