Paddington Bear is a series of British animated shorts based on the Paddington Bear book series by Michael Bond produced by FilmFair. This was the first television series based on the popular children's book Paddington Bear. In the United States it was usually shown on pay television as filler in between programmes.it was also shown in Australia on the ABC In the early 1980s Its narrator was actor Michael Hordern. The series has a very distinctive art style. Paddington himself is a stop-motion animated puppet who moves within a 3-dimensional space and interacts with 2-dimensional animated drawings of the human characters, buildings, etc.
Series One (episodes 1 to 30, entitled Paddington) was aired on the BBC1 in 1975, and Series Two (episodes 31 to 56, entitled The Adventures of Paddington) between 1978 and 1979, with specials airing in 1980, 1984 and 1986. Internationally, episodes of the series aired in the United States on PBS, on the syndicated series Romper Room, on Nickelodeon as a segment on the programme Pinwheel and on USA Network as a segment on the Calliope (TV series) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as in between preschool programming on The Disney Channel as a segment on the programme Lunch Box from the late 1980s into the 1990s. The series also aired on HBO in between features, usually when they were airing children's programmes. it was aired on the ABC in Australia in the early 1980s
- Paddington Goes To The Movies (1980)
A 21-minute special in which Paddington goes to the movies. On leaving, in the street outside complete with umbrella, he performs Gene Kelly's famous dance routine from Singin' in the Rain. Original Air Date: 15 March 1983
- Paddington Goes to School (1984)
A 25-minute special in which Paddington is forced to go to school when a truant officer says that he must go since he is "of age". Includes a scene in which he performs Flight of the Bumblebee on a violin. In this episode, colour has been added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. Original Air Date: 3 January 1985.
- Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (1986)
A 24-minute special in which Paddington finds himself in trouble as he becomes a one-man band to raise money to buy Mr. Brown's birthday present. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan... In this episode colour has been added to all the 2-D animation and backgrounds. Additionally, this is the first and only episode where the animated characters' mouths actually move when they speak. This is also the series finale. Original Air Date: 26 December 1987
- NOTE: The specials were originally broadcast on the BBC. Paddington Goes To The Movies was shown at 06:35 on 1 January 1993 during the opening broadcast of GMTV and all the specials were repeated on CITV in early 2002.