Paddington Bear is 50 years young today. If you go on over to Google, you’ll see this:
…which is very nice of them.
I once stayed in a hostel in the Paddington area of London, which meant, of course, that the first thing I did was to go to the train station and look for Paddington Bear. And, lo and behold, there he was.
Here’s the first segment of the awesome stop-motion animated series they made about Paddington, which was shown in the US on Nickelodeon’s Pinwheel. Paddington was the only good reason to watch Pinwheel. I know some of you are nostalgic about Pinwheel, but it was terrible and I’m right and you’re wrong, so there. Today’s Special was totally better, no matter what the other kids at day-care said.
They also showed it as part of Romper Room (which kicked Pinwheel’s ass from here to Sunday.)
Anyway… on to Paddington: