Paddington is a 2014 British-French family comedy film directed by Paul King and written by King and Hamish McColl. Based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond, it stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the title character, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman in live-action roles. The film was co-produced by the French company StudioCanal and the British company Heyday Films.
The film tells the story of the eponymous character Paddington, an anthropomorphic bear who migrates from the jungles of Peru to the streets of London, where he is adopted by the Brown family. Paddington embarks on a series of odd jobs to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only to be caught up in a thief’s plot.
The film was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2014 and grossed over $268 million worldwide on a budget of $55 million. It received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards, winning several for its visual effects, music, and production design. A sequel, Paddington 2, was released in 2017