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Friday 15 December 2017

Smarter than your average bear movie

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the VERY best children's shows and movies are the ones where the parents don't dread having to watch.

Think the Spongebob movies, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and the Toy Story franchise.

All classics with enough jokes that adults will get - and which will pass safely over kids' heads.

Paddington is another fine example of a movie that you may dread switching on but warm to very quickly.

The movie opens in the past in the darkest jungles of Peru, where explorer Montgomery Clyde (voiced by Tim Downie) comes across a family of friendly - and smart - bears.

They can learn English, show a taste for marmalade and they're so delightful that he invites them to dear old Blighty.

Years on, and their little nephew, Paddington, later takes him up on the offer after his home is destroyed by an earthquake.

Cue mayhem as the bear is adopted for a while in London by the Brown family who help him on his quest to locate Montgomery Clyde and find a new home.

But there's trouble afoot, in the shape of Natural History Museum taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman), who wants Paddington to get stuffed - permanently.

And poor old Paddington manages to burn down the Browns' home to evade the clutches of Millicent, who's aided and abetted in her dastardly task by the Brown's neighbour, Mr Curry (Dr Who's Peter Capaldi).

Not believing his taxidermy tale, Paddington is soon turfed out by the Browns and makes a discovery about Montgomery Clyde and Millicent's links to him.

It's all set up for a heartwarming ending, with plenty of laughs thrown in.

The animation is good, the cast is A-list British (including Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, veteran actors Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent and comedian Matt Lucas).

A heartwarming classic for all the family.

DVD extras: Making-of special and a look at the people behind the voices.

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