Paddington Bear Goes to the Movies

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Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Short stop-motion animated features are charming and gentle.
  • NR
  • 2006
  • 60 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This collection of short animated features is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

These short animated features show children that everyone makes mistakes from time to time, and mistakes are one way we learn how to do things correctly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Paddington Bear is always willing to try new things, even if he often makes mistakes along the way.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paddington Bear Goes to the Movies is a delightful collection of 10 short stop-motion animated features from England dating back to the 1970s and early 1980s. Based on a series of children's books written by Michael Bond, these episodes have held up surprisingly well over the decades. In each episode, Paddington Bear experiences and attempts new things -- cooking, cutting hair, and watching movies, among others. It's the kind of DVD parents can feel OK sharing with their younger kids since the content is so simple and sweet, and, for those who grew up with Paddington, it's something to tide them over before the 2014 feature-length movie Paddington Bear comes out, starring Hugh Laurie.

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What's the story?

This DVD collects 10 short stop-animation features starring Paddington Bear as he experiences movies, snowfall, and Christmas, and as he tries to cook, do laundry, and be a barber, among other things. Along the way, he makes comical mistakes like sticking a marmalade sandwich in a movie projector, or smashing a watch he's trying to make disappear while attempting to be a magician, but in the end, Paddington is a sweet bear with the best of intentions.

Is it any good?

This delightful collection is perhaps best enjoyed by younger kids and parents who grew up either reading the books or watching these episodes in the 1970s or '80s. PADDINGTON BEAR GOES TO THE MOVIES assembles 10 different episodes showing Paddington trying and experiencing new things, as so many young children do. And like so many kids (and adults), Paddington makes mistakes along the way -- sometimes big, funny mistakes -- but through these mistakes, he realizes what not to do, and that it's sometimes OK to make mistakes, no matter your age, as long as you learn from them. 

Preschoolers will love the cute characters and silliness and parents will appreciate that there's none of the sassiness that's prevalent in so many modern preschool-age offerings. While the stop-motion animation might be dated for some, on the whole, this is an enjoyable collection that has held up remarkably well over the decades.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Paddington Bear. What are some of the things Paddington tries to do in these different episodes? Which episode was your favorite? Why?

  • How does stop-motion animation help Paddington Bear "move?"

  • How is this type of animation similar to and different from other animated movies you've seen?

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