I had not yet seen the trailer for Paddington, so when news broke last night that Colin Firth had left the project only six months before its Christmas release, I decided to check it out.
I gather that it’s not been particularly well received online, though I have clearly lost perspective on kid’s movies because when I watched it on my phone, my kids crowded around on the couch and watched it with me, and they laughed and laughed and laughed, then insisted I play it again, and then again, and when I refused a fourth time, the twins burst into tears.
Clearly, it’s going to do well with the two-year-old set.
However, it will have to do without Colin Firth, who was set to voice the bear, but not for any insidious reasons. Firth simply dropped out because he didn’t feel that his voice was appropriate for the bear. As Firth told EW:
“It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice. I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”
Well, you know what? With or without his voice, Firth has vouched for the movie, so I’m choosing to believe the twins have estimable taste is children’s cinema.
Now please hire Christopher Walked to voice the bear.