After months of speculations, on October 2015 it was confirmed that Paul King would return to helm this second installment. By the time the sequel was announced, Paddington (2014) had become the highest grossing independent family film of all time, the highest grossing film in the UK among all 2014 releases, and the first family film in 10 years to be nominated for "Best British Film" at the Baftas.
Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, passed away six months before the release of this film, at the age of 91. His last book about the titular character was released in April 2017. Books on Paddington have sold more than 35 million copies throughout his career.
The animation in the book sequence when Paddington and Aunt Lucy travel around London is very similar to that of Paddington Bear (TV Series 1976 - 1987) in which all characters and backgrounds other than Paddington were paper cut-outs.
During one scene Paddington gets run through the cogs of a large clock. Once he gets out he turns to camera revealing a smudge similar to a toothbrush moustache. This is a clear nod to Charlie Chaplin and his film Modern Times(1936)
Paddington author Michael Bond died on the last day of filming Paddington 2 (2017). He actually died the day before but his death was announced on the final day of filming. There was one further day of pickups filmed in August.
Ian Hunt of UK Gallopers supplied the fairground horses + other props & some of the vintage fairground artwork for the movie. Ian Hunt also made the fairground horse seen in the first Paddington Bear movie,
'Barkridges', the name of the department store on the hamper in which Mrs Brown hides to be delivered to Phoenix Buchanan's house, was originally mentioned in the very first Paddington book by Michael Bond (and a clear homage to Selfridges, where Michael Bond first got his idea for Paddington).
Before Warner Bros. bought the U.S. rights to Paddington 2 (2017), Bob Weinstein said: "The first Paddington (2014) grossed over $75 million [in North America] and we expect even greater success for Paddington 2 (2017). Test screening scores are through the roof."
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
When faced with a sword wielding Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, who plays a Scot, tells him where she comes from they say you shouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight. This is a tongue in cheek reference to a scene in The Untouchables where Sean Connery, (who plays an Irish-American Chicago cop), but delivers all his lines in his natural Scottish accent; utters a similar line.