The Paddington Bear animated television series released in 1989 to 1990 was the second television adaptation of the children’s book series, after the original Paddington children’s television series that premiered in 1976.
In the series, Paddington Bear lives with the Brown family, and their American cousin, David Russell. The series also features Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, Mr. Gruber, the antique shop owner and Mr. Curry, the Brown family’s nasty next-door neighbour.
The TV series consisted of 13 episodes, each over 20 minutes in duration, and was made by Hanna-Barbera in association with Central Independent Television. The complete series Paddington Bear: The Complete Series on DVD was released in 2020 for the first time.
Please Look After This Bear
As Mr. and Mrs. Brown pick up their nephew at Paddington Station, they meet a bear and decide to adopt him. They name him after the station. Paddington Bear has a little trouble adjusting to his new lifestyle, but the Browns help him out and buy him a new outfit, then go out to dinner.
Calling Dr. Paddington
Mr. Curry tricks Paddington into doing his gardening chores. After a mishap that sends Mr. Curry to the hospital, Paddington regularly visits him. Paddington’s most recent visit gets him exploring various departments in the hospital. A doctor gives Paddington just the solution he needs for Mr. Curry.
Curtain Call for Paddington
Paddington takes the Browns’ clothes to the launderette, which seem to lead to disaster but have actually turned out very well. The Brown Family go to a theatre performance tonight. Paddington sneaks backstage and helps the actors to succeed in their performance.
Paddington’s Sticky Situation
Paddington visits the marmalade factory.
Mr. Gruber has a unique antique steam-powered car and Paddington helps him to restore it for the festive parade. Unfortunately when Paddington enters a caber toss competition it gets damaged. Paddington gets caught in a wrestling match but he convinces Mr. Galore to help with Mr. Gruber’s car.
Paddington Meets the Queen
Fascinated by Buckingham Palace, the Brown Family take Paddington to the Royal muse, where he gets into a royal coach and is met with Queen Elizabeth II, but he is arrested at the Tower of London and then mixed up in a suit of armour but he makes to the Queen in time for sandwiches.
The Ghost of Christmas Paddington
It’s Christmas time and Paddington finds himself in some very festive adventures including his nasty neighbour mistaking Paddington for the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Paddington For Prime Minister
Today is election day for PM. Mr. Gruber takes Paddington to Hyde Park where he is nominated for PM much to the astonishment of the Browns. The current PM convinces Paddington to support him, so he can keep his position. In return, Paddington is appointed the Minister of Marmalade.
Goings on at Number 32
When the television goes wrong, Paddington discovers that the repair man is really the Portobello Prowler and alerts the police.
Fishing for Paddington
A day at the seaside begins to look a bit fishy when Paddington turns a paw to life-saving.
Ride ‘Em Paddington
The singing cowboy Rudy Tootin’ finds he’s got competition by the name of Paddington Bear. Paddington proves that he’s just as handy with a horse and lasso as he is with a jar of marmalade.
In search of excitement, Paddington signs up for a raft expedition and finds that inflatable dinghies can be hard to handle.
The Picture of Paddington Brown
Paddington’s Aunt Lucy in Peru is missing him, so Paddington decides to buy her a jar of marmalade and a very special painting is the only way to raise the money.
About Paddington Bear
A young bear ends up in London’s Paddington Station, where he is spotted sitting on an old leather suitcase outside the lost and found by a family called the Browns. Unable to resist the label around his neck that reads “Please look after this bear. Thank you”, the Browns decide there is only one thing to do. They take the tired, hungry little bear home and adopt him – not as a toy or a pet, but as a child. He is then named Paddington, after the place where he was found.
Since 1958, when his story was first told in Michael Bond’s classic book, Paddington Bear has delighted millions of children throughout the world. Years later, Hanna-Barbera brought Paddington to cartoon life in all his innocent, duffle-coated charm. Merrily plunging into one misadventure after another, Paddington keeps the Brown family in constant comic turmoil. But thanks to his pure heart and good luck, things always turn out all right for Paddington in the end.