Paddington Movie Review

I saw the movie Paddington with my wife last weekend.

The movie is based off the Paddington Bear book series. I read a few of the books when I was a kid but remember almost nothing about them.

What I do remember is the visual appearance of Paddington and his unflagging politeness. I remember the books being similar to Stuart Little, but British instead of American. I also remember Paddington being a teddy bear in the books, but that’s wrong. He’s an unusual bear species from “darkest Peru.”

The movie starts off with old black and white news reel describing Paddington’s home in Peru. Soon Paddington must leave his home and travel to London where he plans to be adopted by waiting at a railroad station.

Our little hero stows away in a lifeboat aboard a cargo ship headed to London. He survives by bringing along an enormous supply of orange marmalade which we are a told “has all the daily vitamins and minerals a bear needs.”

Paddington meets the Brown family at the Paddington station in London. He goes to live with them until they can find the explorer who previously visited his family in “darkest Peru.” It’s no surprise that by the end of the movie Paddington has become part of the Brown’s family.

I wouldn’t want to give more away about the movie, but it struck me as extremely British.  There’s a flashback where the explorer is describing how civilized the bears in “darkest Peru” are. The people he’s talking to respond by saying, “Civilized? Surely they don’t play cricket?” I’m paraphrasing, but that is what the movie is like.

The movie is a fun family experience. Although I’ve read some of the Paddington books, I can’t say if a true fan of the books would enjoy the movie or not. I can say that if you liked Stuart Little then you will like Paddington. A talking animal is accepted into a classical nuclear family in both books/movies. What more do you really need to know? Just that description tells you what the movie will be about. It has a few jokes, but is mostly about the warm fuzzy feelings you get from the tender moments in the movie. And having something you can watch with children.

That’s all for today!

-Mister Ed

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An Overview of Gurutama Part 5

A section of Gurutama that covers the human territories along the Upper and Eastern portions of the Maw.
A section of Gurutama that covers the human territories along the Upper and Eastern portions of the Maw.

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Last time I talked about the humans of Najar pushing the Bwarlor humans off the continent.

Today, I’d like to talk about a few of the other human tribes.

One of them got very little attention in the Dawn of Worlds game, the Alrador.

The Alrador lived in the eastern forests of the Great Valley.

When the Najar ascended to prominence with the help of Navillus, the Alrador were absorbed into the Najar tribe.

Another tribe, the Tylanor, lived to the west on the other side of the Western Red Peaks.

The Tylanor were never subjugated by the Najar and only became important later on in the history of Gurutama.

The Najar people formed an Empire that spread throughout the Great Valley and then eastward around the edges of the Maw.

Two other cities were colonized by the Najar, Farpoint in the shadow of Mount Solorum and Hykma.

Eventually the Najar Empire fell and Farpoint and Hykma declared their independence.

Farpoint remained a city-state for a long period, but Hykma had a different fate.

Hykma became a major economic player after the fall of the Najar Empire.

Hykman became synonymous with wealthy and Hykman influence spread far and wide.

The Hykman formed alliances and established colonies. Eventually a larger governing body was required to rule the many people that owed allegiance to the city.

The Hykman League spreads from Farpoint (a recent addition through conquest) and south and west all the way to New Prestounasi.

The Hykman League includes members of all races, Merfolk, Dwarves, Elves, Avians, Hobgoblins, humans, halflings, gnomes, and Rana (a frog race that live in Tonsil Lake in the east.

Events near the end of the Dawn of Worlds game induced revolts throughout the Hykman League.

The Hykman hold on territory south and west of the city is tenuous at best, but they still claim the region as their own.

That’s all for the first glimpse at the humans of Najar. Next up are the Dwarves!

-Mister Ed

Next: An Overview of Gurutama Part 6