In an unexpected announcement, Disney has revealed that both “Paddington” films will be heading to Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Friday 31st December 2021.

Paddington Bear is a well-known character in children’s literature, who first appeared on 13th October 1958 in the children’s book “A Bear Called Paddington” and has been featured in more than twenty books


A young bear who can walk and talk travels to London from the jungles of Peru. There, he is adopted by the Brown family and goes through many adventures in the big city.

Paddington 2

Paddington takes up a job to accumulate enough money to buy the perfect gift for his aunt on her 100th birthday, but it gets stolen.

What’s interesting about these two films being released on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland, is that neither film are made by Disney and while Disney CEO Bob Chapek said they weren’t planning on licensing films for Disney+ internationally, over the past 6 months, we’ve seen more films and shows added to Disney+ from other studios. One theory is that Disney is trying to increase the amount of content made within the UK and Europe, to help with the European quota, which requires a certain amount of content to be created in Europe.

It’s unlikely these films will be released in other countries, due to licensing differences.

Are you looking forward to these “Paddington” films arriving on Disney+ in the UK?

Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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  1. Jon Potter November 18, 2021

    This is legitimately unexpected as both films were distributed by Studio Canal and Disney seemingly had nothing to do with their production. I assume it’s a licensing deal but I wonder for how long? I’m sure Disney would easily have the budget to sign a non-exclusive deal in perpetuity if they were so inclined.