Theatrical Release: January 16, 2015
DVD Release: April 28, 2015


From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).

Dove Review

Paddington is un-“bear”-able fun for the entire family. The film’s namesake, Paddington, is a charming bear that can speak English and was brought up by his aunt and uncle in the “darkest forests of Peru.” But after an earthquake destroys their home and his uncle is lost in the disaster, his aunt sends him to London where she believes he will be well taken care of. At least that is what an explorer told her many years ago when he visited Peru.

When the Brown family comes across the endearing little bear, they find his real name too hard to pronounce so they name him after the Paddington train station where they found him. They take him into their home and decide to help him find the explorer from his past. Little do they know the adventurous things that will happen to them as they come to love this wonderful and charming little bear.

This film is filled with laughs and the heartwarming feeling that home is not just a roof over one’s head, but rather being part of a family who cares. We are proud to award “Paddington” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: Couple kiss; man ogles woman.
Language: "Good Lord"-1; poster in train station reads "damned by despair."
Violence: Earthquake; trees come crashing down; woman hits man on head; woman shoots men with a dart gun; woman ties man up and hangs him upside down, then drops him into water; man and bear break into the Explorer's club; man sticking pin into man's arm who is dressed like a woman; woman breaks into the Brown's home; woman tries to shoot bear with dart gun; gas explosion causes a fire in house.
Drugs: Woman and guard drinking shots and get intoxicated.
Nudity: None
Other: People being rude to bear; not believing someone who is telling the truth; driving fast in traffic.


Company: The Weinstein Company LLC
Writer: Paul King
Director: Paul King
Producer: David Heyman
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe