One of the world's best children's authors has passed away.
The creator of one of the world's favourite ursine characters has passed away at the age of 91 this week. Michael Bond CBE was at his home at the time, and he had been ill for a short time - though the exact cause of his death has yet to be disclosed.
Michael Bond at the 'Paddington' premiere
Today we say goodbye to the man behind the children's book character Paddington Bear; a Peruvian bear who wears a duffle coat and wellington boots and was transformed into CGI for the 2014 live action film 'Paddington', the sequel for which is set to be released later this year.
After beating it's various competitors at the box-office, 'Paddington' goes ahead and gets to work helping marmalade beat it's various competitors at the supermarkets.
The movie adaptation of Michael Bond's marmalade-loving Paddington bear stories fended off box office competition for a second weekend in the UK, triumphing over two significant challengers for the family holiday movie crown. 'Paddington''s chief new competitors were the animated spin-off 'Penguins of Madagascar' and the starry, warmly reviewed 'Get Santa', plus seasonal rereleases of 'Frozen' and 'The Polar Express'. But 'Paddington' only lost 25 percent of its box office take, reaching £10.3 million over just 10 days.
Ben Whishaw provides the voice for Paddington Bear
Film industry analysts have been surprised by 'Paddington''s robust performance, noting its potential franchise-launching possibilities. And since it's not a specifically Christmas-themed movie, it has a chance of carrying on in cinemas into the New Year. This is unlikely with 'Get Santa' or the third British holiday hit 'Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?!'
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With Paddington Bear being such a national treasure in the UK, it was almost inevitable that a film adaptation would be a hit at the box-office.
Film company StudioCanal took a big risk in adapting Michael Bond's beloved Paddington bear storybooks for the big screen. Not only did they dare to add a villain (the slinky Nicole Kidman) and some real menace to the story, but the process of creating a live-action/animation hybrid movie is painstaking and expensive.
Ben Whishaw took over the voice of Paddington in mid 2014 after Colin FIrth left the project
Now that the film has been in UK cinemas for a week, it appears that the investment has paid off. Buoyed by praise-filled reviews from critics (the film has a staggering 97% positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes), 'Paddington' had the second biggest opening this year for a family film (after 'The Lego Movie'). It may be StudioCanal's most expensive UK production, but it also gave them their best-ever opening weekend. It's already their biggest box office hit ever, and it's only getting started.
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Michael Bond - Photographs of a variety of stars as they took to the red carpet for the world premiere of 'Paddington' which was held at the Odeon cinema in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd November 2014
In the jungles of Peru, a young bear learns about and becomes obsessed with Great Britain and sets off on an adventure to visit the county. After an arduous journey, he finally arrives in London's Paddington Station, but realises quite soon that he is both lost and lonely. That is, until the Brown family discover him and adopt him, naming him Paddington, after the place they found him. Paddington (Ben Whishaw) is a great addition to the household, as his antics entertain the children. But said antics often end in destruction within the household, leaving the Brown family in a difficult position. Things become even more difficult when Millicent (Nicole Kidman) sets about trying to capture and stuff Paddington, in order to add him to her exhibition.
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Paddington is a young Peruvian bear who has always held a curiosity for the city of London. After his equally adventurous Aunt Lucy's home is destroyed, she decides to send him off to England after teaching him all about a famous explorer she once knew who lives there. Unfortunately, when Paddington gets to Paddington Station, he has no idea where he is or how to even exit the place. After struggling with the various signs for a long while, he is eventually spotted by the kindly Brown family, who agree to take him in until he can find out the whereabouts Aunt Lucy's explorer friend. However, Paddington's life skills aren't up to scratch and he's about to learn that there's a lot more to life in London than he initially thought. Meanwhile, he is forced to defend his life when his presence is acknowledged by an evil bear taxidermist.
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