You guys already know that we have the great pleasure of including the famous Paddington Bear into the Zoobe family. You’ve created thousands of videos with him; both the general and the Christmas versions, so you clearly love him too, just as we do. We know he is awesome, but not everybody knows Paddington’s story. If you want to find out more about how he was born and why people of all ages adore him, stick around cause we’ll share some inside stories. Still, we have to warn you that you might fall in love even more with this cute bear.
What you probably don’t know is that the Paddington bear first became “real” more than 58 ago, when the writer Michael Bond got inspired by a stuffed bear he bought for his wife near the Paddington station in London. Soon enough, the adorable bear’s story was published. Since then, Bond wrote so many other books culminating with "Love from Paddington" in 2014.
In 1975, Paddington Bear hit British television when the series ran for four years and had two special editions in 1980 and 1986. Through books and the BBC TV series, the cute bear was the childhood story of many people and at the end of 2014 he made it on the big screen.
Lots of Paddington stuffed bears were made and sold in time. Actually the supply couldn’t even face the demand. Here’s a fun fact that you probably didn’t know: Jeremy Clarkson, the Top Gear star, was the first child who got his hands on a Paddington stuffed bear. Interesting, right?
But it looks like not only you and Clarkson like Paddington; even Google does. We saw that on 13 October 2008, when Paddington Bear was celebrated in Google Doodle to mark his 50th birthday. Also, Bond updated the cute bear in Paddington Here and Now, which was published a few months before putting Paddington in the middle of the immigration debate.
The author imagined the whole life of Paddington Bear, but the real story begins when he meets some nice people – the Brown family. Paddington arrives in London from Darkest Peru looking for a home. He doesn’t quite understand what that means but he is sure that’s what he wants. The note wrapped around his neck saying “Please look after this bear. Thank you!” actually comes in really handy, when Mrs. Brown decides to help him.
This is the point we really get to know him and adore all his adventures. He’s a polite and well intended bear, but he doesn’t quite get all the human activities and tries to handle them as good as he can. Paddington is always good intended and tries to fix the injustices. Two trademarks of his are the insatiable desire of marmalade and the spacious hat that he values so much and always has a sandwich hidden for the “just in case” moments.
The Brown family lives at 32 Windsor Gardens in Notting Hill, so Paddington loves to visit the nearby Portobello Road Market. You’ll be glad to know that he has great skills of acquiring the best bargains. He could be your best shopping mate! :)
In the Zoobe App, you can find authentic situations based on his behaviour in the books and movie: eating sweets and hanging around the Lost & Found office where he managed to arrive in the Paddington station. Also, in the Christmas version, you will find Paddington having a great time indoors and on the streets of London; watching the toy train in the antiques shop, interacting with the curious bathtub, or throwing snowballs in the wintertime. In all these situations you’ll find him wearing his blue coat that he received from Mr. Brown and his famous hat. We’ll let you find out where he’s got his hat from!
This was the first article of the Zoobe characters series where we tell you more about the history of our amazing and beloved personalities. If you want to know more about The Smurfs, Maya the Bee, the Mad Box Zombies or the others, stay tuned. Let us know in the comments what is the character you’d like to know more about and we’ll share his or her story next!