StudioCanal, Nickelodeon and producer David Heyman have announced a global deal for a new Paddington (working title) television series for pre-schoolers. Actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington 1 & 2) will reprise his role as the voice of the title character in the new CG-animated series, which follows the adventures of a younger Paddington bear.
Paddington will air on Nickelodeon’s networks worldwide in 2020, while local broadcast partners will be secured in France, Canada, China and Japan. Fully animated in 3D, the new series sees a younger Paddington writing to Aunt Lucy from Windsor Gardens. Each episode will open and close with Paddington’s letters as he tells Aunt Lucy what he has learned about life through the day’s new adventure.
Heyman commented: “It is a joy to bring this uniquely life-enhancing bear to a whole new audience of younger children. We are thrilled that the inimitably brilliant Ben Whishaw will continue to voice Paddington. And we are excited to be collaborating with the vibrant and dynamic animation team at Blue Zoo, working from scripts by the wonderfully talented screenwriting team Foster and Lamont. With producers Karen Davidsen and Simon Quinn, we’re all set for a glorious new chapter for Paddington.”
StudioCanal CEO Didier Lupfer added: “Paddington is such a beloved character for all of us at StudioCanal. We are incredibly happy to be back in his world introducing new generations to his kindness, generosity and spirit. We are inspired by the talented animation team at Blue Zoo partnering once again with our friends at Heyday. Foster and Lamont’s writing is so beautifully crafted we can’t wait for Nickelodeon and our local broadcast partners to premiere the series.”