Sorry Curious George, Babe the pig, Babar, and Toto, but bears make the greatest fictional animals. Maybe it’s because you wouldn’t want to hang around them in real life (see: Grizzly Man), but of all the creatures in the animal kingdom, the big, fuzzy mammals are usually dumb and loveable enough for us to forget that, in real life, they’d probably be no fun to hang around.
This weekend marks the 55th anniversary of one of our favorite fictional bears, Paddington. The stories of a marmalade-eating, toggle coat-wearing, Peruvian-born bear trying to figure out his new life in England have brought joy to generations of children, ensuring that Paddington is one of the greatest fictional bears ever created.
But where does he rank among our top 15?