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14 February 2015 @ 10:55 pm
Film Not!Review: Paddington  
I might have teared up a little while watching the Paddington movie.

Okay, fine. I teared up a lot. I'm getting soft in my older age.

I like to think that Ben Whishaw mo-capped being the bear because the bear was adorable and I could weirdly see Whishaw doing all the motions.
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The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
So, they managed to work out the kinks that made the original trailer look like a horror film, then?

Ben can teach Sebastian Stan how to be a bear!

I know they said somewhere that when Ben came in, everything came together, which seemed a little hard on poor Colin Firth who presumably did his best bear before they recast.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 15th, 2015 05:40 am (UTC)
So, they managed to work out the kinks that made the original trailer look like a horror film, then?

The face they gave Paddington was awfully cute and it fit Ben Whishaw's voice very well. So yes, all horror movie like elements were mercifully taken out.

Ben can teach Sebastian Stan how to be a bear!

Now I see Ben Whishaw giving bearing lessons to a bunch of actors. There's a scene in the Paddington movie where he's teaching one of the children how to speak Bear so it's not a huge leap.

When I think about it, a lot of Paddington's movements were not very bear-like since he mainly walks on two legs and is always tipping his hat politely to random people. However, when he eats he's more bear-ish. And when he climbs things.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 05:46 am (UTC)
So yes, all horror movie like elements were mercifully taken out.

Oh, good. I have no sentimental connection to Paddington, but I've had great anxiety over the movie for some reason. I'm glad it's turned out all right.

Now I see Ben Whishaw giving bearing lessons to a bunch of actors.

Hee! He'd find it so hard, though. He'd be speaking so quietly, and all the actors would be stretching to hear his sage wisdom, and he'd be giving romantic, poetical thoughts on the essence of being a bear while his hands fluttered around and he looked vaguely agonized.

Somewhat related; Tom Hiddleston went to Benedict's wedding yesterday. I just kept seeing excited meercat!Hiddleston in morning dress enthusiastically congratulating Mrs and Mrs Otter!batch. Faun!Whishaw probably sat in the back pew and clapped fondly.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 15th, 2015 05:55 am (UTC)
I have no sentimental connection to Paddington, but I've had great anxiety over the movie for some reason. I'm glad it's turned out all right.

I never read the Paddington books but I have a cousin who was crazy about them. Either way, I was so taken by the movie Paddington that I only wanted warm, wonderful things to happen to him. The movie was only a horror film if you consider watching a small bear be sent to London all alone to start a new life after the destruction of his home as horror. Which I sort of did.

He'd be speaking so quietly, and all the actors would be stretching to hear his sage wisdom, and he'd be giving romantic, poetical thoughts on the essence of being a bear while his hands fluttered around and he looked vaguely agonized.

You know if Tom Hiddleston was in the bear master class, he'd be taking tons of notes and asking questions.

And yes! I saw the photos pop on Tumblr of him attending the wedding. The image of the animal!actors in formal wear is quite nice.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 06:01 am (UTC)
The movie was only a horror film if you consider watching a small bear be sent to London all alone to start a new life after the destruction of his home as horror. Which I sort of did.

He sounds like the English, bear version of Babar.

You know if Tom Hiddleston was in the bear master class, he'd be taking tons of notes and asking questions.

Oh God, I can actually see him with a little notebook writing fervently and looking really intense about it.

And yes! I saw the photos pop on Tumblr of him attending the wedding. The image of the animal!actors in formal wear is quite nice.

I kind of wondered if he was in the wedding party. He seemed a little overdressed for a guest, but I don't know how formal you're meant to go at a British wedding. He looked like he had boutonniere, too.

I also randomly loved that every other picture of the wedding is grainy paparazzi long lens shots, and there's Tom striding happily down the street in full Hi-rez.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 15th, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
Oh God, I can actually see him with a little notebook writing fervently and looking really intense about it.

Ben Whishaw probably wouldn't know if he's flattered by all the attention or really mortified.

I also randomly loved that every other picture of the wedding is grainy paparazzi long lens shots, and there's Tom striding happily down the street in full Hi-rez.

He looks like he's having fun even before all the fun. "Isn't it wonderful! My friend is getting married! Today! On Valentine's day!"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 06:11 am (UTC)
Ben Whishaw probably wouldn't know if he's flattered by all the attention or really mortified.

Ben: It's just some...*mumble mumble* and so I think the best *mumble mumble* is really just...*fluttery hands, thoughtful look*
Tom: That is incredibly profound.
Ben: *mumble blush*

He looks like he's having fun even before all the fun. "Isn't it wonderful! My friend is getting married! Today! On Valentine's day!"

I'd like to think that Tom's interior monologue only ever uses happy exclamation marks for punctuation.

"My alarm has gone off! Look, it's morning! I think I'll have a shower! Today is going to be a great day! I love towels! It's time for tea!"
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 15th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
"My alarm has gone off! Look, it's morning! I think I'll have a shower! Today is going to be a great day! I love towels! It's time for tea!"

Haha! He's like a very excited corgi.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 06:17 am (UTC)
I feel like he and Arthur Shappey would get on very well, if he ever flew MJNair.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 15th, 2015 06:23 am (UTC)
I feel there must be some sort of quasi-RPF with Hiddleston flying MJNair. He and Arthur can be enthusiastic about tons of things together.

Douglas and Carolyn wouldn't even know where to start with the commentary that there's a smarter, taller, but no less enthusiastic version of Arthur out there.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 06:27 am (UTC)
I feel like Tom would sincerely thank Martin for his excellent flying, too, and Martin would be on cloud nine for the next month. Also, because Tom said he sounded like this actor friend he had and Martin thinks he seems like a very distinguished chap...

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 15th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Here's an interview with Ben Whishaw about Paddington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eebh6FV1Yms

1) They did some motion capture with cameras being on Whishaw's face while he was doing the voice acting to assist the animators of how they were going to finalize how Paddington would behave. I'm rather impressed to hear that the human actors did their performances against what sounds like nothing and Whishaw worked around that. The film made it all look seamless.

2) I feel like Ben Whishaw is so much more comfortable doing interviews with he's with another person. He's answering the questions and everything but he looks more nervous about having to be responsible for all the talking.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 15th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
1. That's probably why the original trailers looked a bit dodgy, if there was nothing on set for the actors to work with and they were still finalizing Paddington's animation. Whishaw came in quite late, from what I understand. I think Colin Firth was still attached when the first trailer came out.

2. That poor, poor man. He's like a hummingbird. He looks apologetic every time he has to pause to breathe and think. I remember you showing me an interview once of him and James D'arcy on the Cloud Atlas press tour, and how sweet D'arcy was with doing a lot of the talking and folding him in and joking with him. Poor little faun just needs to go home to his cottage and have tea with his mate.

Edited for iPadness

Edited at 2015-02-16 12:20 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 16th, 2015 01:24 am (UTC)
Poor Ben Whishaw. He's trying to hard to human when I think he might prefer to bear when it comes to these solo interviews.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 16th, 2015 02:12 am (UTC)
I like when he gets excited and then gets shy about being excited.

Here's a daemon and his rambunctious kid out for walk: http://gifak-net.tumblr.com/post/111081456739/video

Edited at 2015-02-16 02:13 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 16th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
Aw! That dog daemon is so going, "OOOH! Park! Park! Mom! The park! This way!"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 16th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)
"Are you coming the park? You're a horse, Mom, you like to run around and stuff. We should go."

I'm picturing there being a kid on a leash nearby.

And here's dad at home, exhausted from looking after the other children.

I also have these two buddies.

And this sheep, who is waiting for an important phone call.
tommycruisestommy50702 on June 2nd, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
Sounds like the British family-friendly version of "Ted"