Paddington is one of those bears who has stood the test of time, and has even outlived his creator Michael Bond who sadly passed away in 2017. Today we hear the news that StudioCanal will be working with Nickelodeon and award winning producer David Heyman in a global deal for a brand new Paddington Bear inspired television series for pre-schoolers.
Actor Ben Whishaw who voiced the bear in Paddington the Movie and its sequel will reprise his role for the new CGI-animated series. The series will follow the adventures of a young Paddington Bear and will air worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.
The series will be fully animated in 3D and follow a young Paddington bear writing to Aunt Lucy from Windsor Gardens. Each episode will start and end with his letter as he tells Lucy what he has learned about life through his adventures.
It’s hoped that the new series will introduce a new generation to Paddington Bear and create a whole new audience into Paddington’s world. As mentioned, the series will be produced by David Heyman who produced all eight Harry Potter films and the two Paddington films and is likely to be one of Nickelodeon’s most prized shows.
The announcement coincides with the news that two new editions of classic Paddington books are out this year to celebrate 60 years of Paddington Bear. Paddington at St Paul’s was releases last month and was the last book written by Michael Bond before his death. Then in October, a new edition of the first ever Paddington book, a Bear Called Paddington will be rereleased in hardback.