Directed by Will Gluck – whose record includes the saccharine Annie remake but also top teen comedy Easy A – this does indeed do a Paddington on Potter. It deploys a similar live-action/animation hybrid, executed so seamlessly it rarely stands out. These rabbits still scamper along, “lippity-lippity” as Potter put it, but they also walk on their hind legs, wear jackets, and pull off a full complement of human emotions on their cute little faces. Meanwhile in London, McGregor's nephew Thomas works at the Harrod's department store where he awaits for a promotion. He coldly accepts the news about his uncle's death, but is infuriated over not getting the promotion and is fired. When he learns that his uncle's house is valuable, he decides to refurbish it so he can sell it and start his own toy store to rival Harrod's. He kicks out Peter and his friends and begins to secretly wall up the garden, despite Bea's objections. When Peter and Benjamin sneak back into the garden, Thomas catches the latter and attempts to drown him. Peter and the triplets rescue him and Thomas accidentally tosses the binoculars that Bea had given him earlier.