Get Ready for the Month of Paddington

Courtesy of Twitter/NSPCC
Courtesy of Twitter/NSPCC

Get your blue duffel coat and red wellington boots ready.

To help celebrate the release of “Paddington,” a new live-action and CGI film about Michael Bond’s classic children’s book character, London is rolling out a fuzzy path for the fictional bear. From November through Dec. 30, visitors can embark on a walkable “Paddington Trail” though the city, earmarked by 50 3-foot, 6-inch statues of the toy bear. Each statue has been decorated by a celebrity and placed close to a popular museum, park or landmark, such as Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Sherlock Bear” at the Museum of London, Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who”-themed bear at the Prime Meridian line, Sandra Bullock’s “Gravity Bear” at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and David Beckham’s “Golden Paws” bear at Green Park.

Brown famously created the character of Paddington, an anthropomorphized bear from “Darkest Peru” who is found at the Paddington train station by Mr. and Mrs. Brown, in 1956, after seeing a lonely teddy bear on a store shelf near the titular station on Christmas Eve. “A Bear Called Paddington” was subsequently published in 1958, and was followed by dozens of new books.

The Paddington Trail will remain up until Dec. 30, after which they will be auctioned off for charity. And while the trail is going away next month, the Museum of London’s Paddington exhibit will run through January 2015, and U.S. guests will be able to see the film, which stars Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) as Mr. and Mrs. Brown and Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist, in theaters on January 16. (The film opens in the UK on Nov. 28). Selfridge’s department store will also continue to sell Paddington merchandise, so all visitors can get their fill of the famous bear.

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