There’s a distinctive charm and indelible wit to the Paddington movies, and so much of that derives from affability of the director Paul King and his co-writer Simon Farnaby, who we interviewed ahead of the release of this eagerly anticipated sequel.
We began by asking the pair about the titular protagonist, and what it is about this small furry animal that has led to such universal appeal. This leads into a conversation about the need for this movie right, given the tumultuous political climate, to have a film that celebrates kindness and generosity seems like something we all need to indulge in right now.
Paddington 2 also works as something of a love letter to London, which we speak about during our interview, and we ask when the idea of a sequel first came about. Finally, given how much we love this film (can you tell?) we couldn’t not ask about the possibility of a third outing, and the answer was rather pleasing – not just because King admitted he first read about it on our very website.
Paddington undertakes a number of odd jobs to afford a unique pop-up book from an antique book shop – a present for Aunt Lucy on her 100th birthday. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to find the thief.
Paddington 2 is released on November 10th, and you can read our review here.