Please Look After This Bear

3 01 2015

I’ve been trying to be more creative this holiday. Trying – and I may add: occasionally succeeding – to write each day as part of my Creative Writing commitment. Taking photos too. I post on Flickr and in perusing a friend’s photos I came across another commenter. You know how these things work. The interwebs I mean. A click here, a click there… and suddenly you’re down the rabbit-hole.

This particular poster had themselves posted a series of photos from London. Though no longer on display, there had been a series of 50 statues of Paddington Bear. Each had been uniquely decorated and they are being auctioned off to support the UK’s NSPCC (a particularly worthy children’s charity). I urge you to check out her photo series here.

There was actually a guided trail to make sure you could visit all 50 statues. You can see them all here. There was even a Chief Scout one… by Bear Grylls (UK’s Chief Scout. Really).

Chief Scout Paddington

The bears were to help market the up-coming Paddington Bear film, starring Hugh Bonneville. I was somewhat wary of this, given the travesty that was made of The Magic Roundabout – a firm childhood favourite, despite being French in origin. Eric (Emma’s dad) Thompson was a master with the original.

If you weren’t familiar with the original Michael Bond books as a child, then you couldn’t have missed the Michael Hordern animations, surely?

The new film seems to have some “odd” additions (like Nicole Kidman’s taxidermist), but thankfully seems to also include classic themes such as Paddington getting his name, making a mess in the railway café… and discovering bathroom etiquette. “Dogs must be carried on the escallator” is also a classic Paddington-esque double entendre. Due to some of his “unsafe” escapades such as being stuck in a fridge and skateboarding whilst being pulled by a bus, the film was given a PG rating – much to Mr. Bond’s personal surprise. Here’s a piece from CNN regarding the rating.

Having seen the full two and half minute trailer though, I have to admit to being quite interested in seeing it. I think it could very well hold enough of the original quintessential Peruvian bear to merit paying the extortionate cinema fee!

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