Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
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The film finds Pat, everyone's favorite postman, center stage as a contestant in a national TV talent show competition. Will success and fame tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves? Can Pat return to town in time to foil a sinister plot to replace him with legions of Patbot 3000 robots destined to take over the world? Only Postman Pat can save the day. (c) Shout Factory
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Critic Reviews for Postman Pat: The Movie
Since Simon Cowell and his talent shows are already over-exposed on TV, it's a real shame that Postman Pat's producers have rubber-stamped such a contrived storyline at the expense of originality.
Simply adorable...Plenty of digs at celebrity culture (including great use of Peter Gabriel's Big Time), TV and the film itself spice up a sweet, message-strong story, directed by American Mike Disa (Hookwinked).
As children's entertainment, [it] is pretty wretched. Character designs are rudimentary, plot points are set up and never paid off, and halfway through the closing musical number the animators appear to forget that Pat is meant to be moving his lips.
There's a TV talent quest, an ambitious efficiency expert, an army of postman robots and an endearing protagonist worth rooting for. It's a colourful adventure filled with charm and humour that the whole family will love
One of the best family films to come down the pike this year, and not just because this year has also brought us The Nut Job and Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.
Viewers unencumbered by nostalgia will probably see this zippy, occasionally funny movie as no more frantic or pop-culture-addled than the average multiplex fodder.
The script is a chaotic morass of mixed intentions, often forsaking what would really appeal to a young child in favor of cynical attempts to keep their parents awake.
The 6-year-old I watched it with summed it up perfectly: "It starts out fun but then it's kinda sad and scary. And sorta boring, too."
Postman Pat - lovably voiced by Stephen Mangan - is catnip to nippers, who'll love the songs (Ronan Keating takes over to voice those), fear the scary robot cats and cheer the ever-cheery mailman on his way.
Despite the smattering of knowing nods to the parents (jokes about James M Cain and Lost in Space) this has little to entice the over-sixes and plenty to scare the under-fives ...
Boasting spectacularly shoddy animation and gags that wouldn't amuse a dim-witted five-year-old, this is one to be thrown out with the junk mail.
The charming opening sequence evokes Walt Disney's pioneering animation at the start of Pinocchio. And there are some lovely jokes for mums and dads. But surely they could have crafted a story truer to the TV original ...
Postman Pat's name may be on the marquee, but ultimately this doesn't feel very much like him at all.
Kids are going to love Postman Pat: The Movie even if adults might find it sacrilegious in its treatment of their beloved childhood favourite.
Disa can't really satirise society's homogenised speed-freakery when his songs feature Ronan Keating and his animation looks scarcely finished.
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