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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This collection of short animated features is intended to entertain, not educate.
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
Paddington Bear is always willing to try new things, even if he often makes mistakes along the way.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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