- Not to be confused with the title character's actual name, Paddington Brown.
On-screen title card.
Central Independent Television
|Original release:||December 2, 1989—January 21, 1990|
|Run time:||21 minutes|
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
Bruce David Johnson
|Music composed by:||Tom Worrall|
Paddington Bear is an American-British animated comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera, in association with Central Independent Television, for syndication on stations that took part in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block. It ran from 1989 to 1990, airing 13 episodes that spanned one season.
It is an adaptation of British author Michael Bond's books starring the little brown bear called Paddington, first published in 1958, appropriately called A Bear Called Paddington. This series is the second Paddington series after the solely British-produced Paddington, which aired from 1976 to 1980, also written by Bond. Bond served as a creative consultant on the Hanna-Barbera version.
In the series, Paddington's aunt sends him from Peru to London, in hope of Paddington being adopted by a nice British family who can take care of him, which turns out to be the Browns, who quickly do just that, taking him in as one of their own. What sets this incarnation apart from the books, is the addition of the Browns' American relative, David Russell, who adds absolutely nothing extra to the series, and may have been added simply so American children wouldn't feel completely ostracized anymore from already watching a talking bear living in modern-day England.
The entire series has been released on DVD.
The series was designed with thirteen episodes from the onset of its development.
The music was composed by Tom Worrall.
|Episode||Number||Original air date|
|"Please Look After This Bear"||1x01||December 2, 1989|
|"Calling Dr. Paddington"||1x02||December 3, 1989|
|"Curtain Call for Paddington"||1x03||December 9, 1989|
|"Paddington's Sticky Situation"||1x04||December 10, 1989|
|"Bear-Hugged"||1x05||December 16, 1989|
|"Paddington Meets the Queen"||1x06||December 24, 1989|
|"The Ghost of Christmas Paddington"||1x07||December 25, 1989|
|"Paddington for Prime Minister"||1x08||January 6, 1990|
|"Goings on at #32"||1x09||January 7, 1990|
|"Fishing for Paddington"||1x10||January 13, 1990|
|"Ride 'Em Paddington"||1x11||January 14, 1990|
|"Expedition Paddington"||1x12||January 20, 1990|
|"The Picture of Paddington Brown"||1x13||January 21, 1990|
- Charlie Adler as Paddington Brown
- John Standing as Henry Brown
- B.J. Ward as Mary Brown
- Cody Everett as Jonathan Brown
- Katie Johnson as Judy Brown
- Georgia Brown as Mrs. Bird
- R.J. Williams as David Russell