Paddington Bear turns 50

[17 June 2008]

By Nikki Tranter

I found out today that Paddington Bear is about to turn 50.

To be honest, I’m more familiar with Paddington the TV star, than the one featured in Michael Bond’s books. I still can’t haul on galoshes without flashing back to Paddington’s clunky red pair. He really was a staple of childhood, waiting to be watched at 3.30 every afternoon between Sesame Street and Chocky.

This was in the mid-80s. Turns out, Paddington has been around a whole lot longer than that. Michael Bond is still around, too, and is excited to celebrate his character’s anniversary with Paddington: Here and Now, the first Paddington book published in 30 years. Bond had this to say about the bear and his new book:

One of the very nice things about chronicling Paddington’s adventures is that although the world has changed considerably over the past 30 years, he remains exactly the same—eternally optimistic and ever open to what life has to offer.

The Telegraph talks Paddington here, and there’s a great story about the creation of Paddington Bear teddies over at Times Online.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/paddington-bear-turns-50/