It’s Paddington Bear! Yeah, I don’t remember him either, but he’s now on DVD available from Mill Creek in his complete series where the often befuddled and reluctant sweet Bear finds himself an orphan lost at a train station who is soon taken in by a friendly family who helps him discover life and all sorts of misadventures where he bakes cakes, fishes, and discovers new foods.
And while he comes across the occasional ne’er do well, his attitude is never deterred from exploring what life has to offer in its best, and the pleasing series is so downbeat, it’s almost non-existent. With traditional 2D animation meshed with stop motion, “Paddington” is an unusual bit of children’s fare that spark of sophistication but is right up their alley. Now that Nickelodeon has made a fortune off of shows that subscribe to the Paddington format of short segments involving misadventures and new experiences, “Paddington” is way ahead of its time and one of the more aesthetically pleasing vintage children’s shows.
The voice work from Nick Hodern lends great compliment to the often interesting adventures of Paddington and he can now be revisited with this pretty great collection. The DVD collection features the original 56 episodes, including three of the original specials including Paddington Birthday Bonanza, Paddington Goes to School, and Paddington Goes to the Movies. There are also fifteen bonus episodes from from Huxley Pig and The Wombles. There are extra DVD Rom content available for children including wallpapers, activity pages, and assorted fun like Spot the Difference, Word Searches, 3 Finger Puppets, 5 Door hangers, and 2 Color-In Pages, sure to keep all Paddington fans entertained for hours.