Paddington Bear has had many changes over time. In 1958, he made his first appearance in Michael Bond's book, "A Bear Called Paddington." Since then, he has appeared in many forms, including a puppet-animation series, a cartoon and even a live-action film.
Paddington Bear has gained world-wide popularity. Michael Bond's 26 Paddington books have been translated into over 40 languages and has sold over 35 million copies, according to The Guardian. In the 1970s, Paddington starred in a puppet-animation series for the BBC, and in the 1990s, he appeared in a cartoon series.
In 2012, Paddington was voted best animated character of all time by the British Animation Awards. A feature film called "Paddington" was released in 2014, and gained two BAFTA award nominations in 2015. Besides books, film and television, Paddington Bear's other incarnations include: toys and other merchandise, postage stamps, statues, a charity mascot and even a giant balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Paddington was inspired by a small toy bear that Michael Bond bought on Christmas eve in 1956. Despite his many changes over the years, Paddington's story of a marmalade-loving bear from "darkest Peru" endures. In explaining the bear's popularity, creator Michael Bond explains, "Paddington is eternally optimistic and always comes back for more, no matter how many times his hopes are dashed."