"Please look after this bear, thank you." Those are the words on a label around the neck of a small ursine creature newly arrived in London and looking for a home. They also get at the heart of "Paddington," a highly enjoyable film adaptation of Michael Bond's children's book series first published in 1958.
Paddington (voice of Ben Whishaw) comes to England from the Peruvian forest with great expectations about British manners and hospitality, based on secondhand knowledge of an English explorer who befriended his aunt and uncle. (This backstory is conveyed in an amusing parody of an old newsreel.)