Paddington Bear

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Not to be confused with the character, Paddington Brown.
Paddington Bear
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On-screen title card.
Network: Syndication
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Central Independent Television
Distributor: Worldvision Enterprises
Original release: December 2, 1989-January 21, 1990
Run time: 21 minutes
Starring: Charlie Adler
John Standing
B.J. Ward
Cody Everett
Katie Johnson
R.J. Williams
Georgia Brown
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Bruce David Johnson
Producer(s): Kay Wright
Music composed by: Tom Worrall
Writer(s): Gordon Kent
Director(s): Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Oscar Dufau
Art Davis

Paddington Bear is an American-British animated comedy TV 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.

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.

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed by Tom Worrall.

Episodes

Episode Number 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

Cast

References