Trivia for Paddington 2
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- Several of the cast members of the first, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, are all expected to return.
- According to Ben Whishaw, production began in 2016.
- This will mark the first sequel for both Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville. It's also the first sequel for Julie Walters outside the 'Harry Potter' franchise, Ben Whishaw's first outside of the 'James Bond' series and Hugh Grant's first since Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).
- The production begins on the 60th anniversary of Paddington's origin, as a 2016 start date is planned. Author Michael Bond began working on the character in 1956 and published his first book in 1958.
- Nicole Kidman had at one point expressed interest in being part of the sequel but unfortunately will not reprise the role of Millicent Clyde.
- After months of speculations, on October 2015 it was confirmed that Paul King would return to helm this second installment. By the time the sequel was announced, Paddington (2014) had become the highest grossing independent family film of all time, the highest grossing film in the UK among all 2014 releases, and the first family film in 10 years to be nominated for "Best British Film" at the Baftas.
- Creator of the Paddington books, Michael Bond, was told of the official announcement of the second film on his 90th birthday.
- Director Paul King wrote the screen story of Paddington 2 (2017) with Simon Farnaby, who had a small role in the first Paddington (2014) as Geographers' Guild security guard Barry.
- Paul King dropped out of directing Wonder (2017) in favor of making this film instead.
- Plans for a third film in the series were announced in June 2016, several months before this film started filming.
- Sally Hawkins first got the news of plans for a sequel to Paddington (2014) through her brother Finbar, who forwarded her the internet link to producer David Heyman talking about it.
- Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant previously all three appeared in Cloud Atlas (2012).
- Ian Hunt of UK Gallopers supplied the fairground horses + other props & some of the vintage fairground artwork for the movie. Ian Hunt also made the fairground horse seen in the first Paddington Bear movie,
- Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters Jessica Hynes and Imelda Staunton all starred in the Harry Potter franchise.
- Paddington author Michael Bond died on the last day of filming Paddington 2 (2017). He actually died the day before but his death was announced on the final day of filming. There was one further day of pickups filmed in August.
- Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, passed away six months before the release of this film, at the age of 91. His last book about the titular character was released in April 2017. Books on Paddington have sold more than 35 million copies throughout his career.
- Before Warner Bros. bought the U.S. rights to Paddington 2 (2017), Bob Weinstein said: "The first Paddington (2014) grossed over $75 million [in North America] and we expect even greater success for Paddington 2 (2017). Test screening scores are through the roof."
- During one scene Paddington gets run through the cogs of a large clock. Once he gets out he turns to camera revealing a smudge similar to a toothbrush moustache. This is a clear nod to Charlie Chaplin and his film Modern Times(1936)
- The animation in the book sequence when Paddington and Aunt Lucy travel around London is very similar to that of Paddington Bear (TV Series 1976 - 1987) in which all characters and backgrounds other than Paddington were paper cut-outs.
- Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson had previously worked together during 'In the Heart of the Sea (2015)'
- 'Barkridges', the name of the department store on the hamper in which Mrs Brown hides to be delivered to Phoenix Buchanan's house, was originally mentioned in the very first Paddington book by Michael Bond (and a clear homage to Selfridges, where Michael Bond first got his idea for Paddington).
- There are six actors who have previously appeared in Doctor Who in one form or another. Peter Capaldi portrayed the 12th Doctor. Johanna Lumley portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who: Curse of the Fatal Death. Michael Gambon was in Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, Jessica Hynes portrayed Nurse Redfern in Human Nature and The Family of Blood, Hugh Bonneville portrayed a pirate in Matt Smith adventure Curse of the Black Spot and Ben Miller played evil sheriff in Capaldi's episode "Robots of Sherwood".
- Paddington's first attempt and window-washing is highly reminiscent of Gerard Hoffnung's comedy monologue, 'The Bricklayer's Lament' (1958).
- The best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. As of January 20th 2018, the movie has 167 Fresh reviews and no naysayers, overtaking 163 Fresh and 0 negative critiques from previous record-holder "Toy Story 2".
- One day after completing her demanding underwater scenes for The Shape of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins flew from Toronto Canada to London, England in order to begin production on this film, only to find out she would have to shoot underwater scenes for this film as well.
- Hugh Grant's favorite film of his own.
- Javier Marzan, comedy performer, provided as stand-in and created the movements for Paddington Bear while filming.
- Julie Walters based her eccentric performance on her make-up artist from the film, Graham Johnston.
- Dario Marianelli replaced Nick Urata as composer and decided to create his own score instead of reusing any of Urata's work. Marianelli's favorite scene to compose was the "London pop-up-book" scene.
- The "pop-up-book" of London used in the film was created in reality for a limited edition collector's item containing six illustrated pop-up scenes that have been taken directly from the film.
- Hugh Grant's favorite costume in the film was the nun outfit.
- When faced with a sword wielding Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, who plays a Scot, tells him where she comes from they say you shouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight. This is a tongue in cheek reference to a scene in The Untouchables where Sean Connery, (who plays an Irish-American Chicago cop), but delivers all his lines in his natural Scottish accent; utters a similar line.