Or is he from one of those indigenous Peruvian tribes that speaks the King’s English?

Edit: A friend of mine pointed out that he’s also not a South American spectacled bear.

What the fuck, Michael Bond?

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    I’ve done a lot of research into the Paddington Cinematic Universe and it is cannon that Paddington’s bear family was a ruling class in a Peruvian bear apartheid system. In a move to separate themselves from the lesser undesirable bears they spoke with an English accent. Paddington is told that his parents died in an “earthquake” when he was very young but they were actually publicly executed during the warring states period following the fall of apartheid Peruvian bear society. It’s the systematic advantages that still existed in the new Democratic Bears Republic of Peru that allowed Paddington to gain enough marmalade to grow up strong and move abroad.

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    His ESL teacher was a Brit and his study abroad changed him. He never got over his subtle bear speaking accent though which is his first language.

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    coz a british dude is the one who taught padingtons grandparents how to speak

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    He’s pretending otherwise he wouldn’t get a tv show in the uk.

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      Am I the only want who wanted a Paddington movie like the old show where he’s stop motion and everyone else is paper drawings? That’s what I think of when I think of Paddington.

      They did one where they animated Paddington doing an almost move-for-move copy of Gene Kelly’s famous titular dance in Singin’ in the Rain, which was pretty damn impressive for the 1970s.

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          The voice was the late, great Michael Hordern. I can’t think of something he was in where he wasn’t delightful.

          And if you ever want to hear an amazing take on Gandalf equal to Ian McKellen’s, he played him in the BBC radio version. (Incidentally, Peter Jackson must have been a fan of that adaptation because Ian Holm, who he cast as Bilbo, played Frodo in the radio version.)

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    Your yearly reminder that the original Paddington Bear stuffed toy was designed and made by Shirley Clarkson and given to her son: Jeremy Clarkson.

    Yes, that Jeremy Clarkson. You know, the “Speed and Power!” guy.

    (Although this was not the origin of the character himself. Michael Bond bought a generic toy bear from a toy shop and named it after nearby Paddington station. He wrote some stories using the bear as a character, and then they got published, and then he probably got very rich.)

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    I love the episode where he’s selling electric vacuum cleaners door to door and he makes a soot and marmalade mess to hoover up as demonstration. Then the resident angrily informs him he only has gas no electricity!