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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are positive social lessons related to friendship and family.
Messages about family, friendship, and courtesy: One is that people and human interaction mean more than machine-made efficiency and another is that personal relationships are more important than fame or fortune.
Positive Role Models
Pat is a wonderful postman in his little town, where everyone respects and looks up to him. He's a kind and generous husband and father who just wants to earn enough money to take his wife on a proper, much-belated honeymoon vacation. Sara and Julian are supportive and loving to Pat. Everyone in the town is courteous and compassionate -- until the robot Pats start acting strangely.
Violence & Scariness
The robot Postman Pats have scary-looking, laser eyes, act rudely toward postal customers, nearly run over people, and are programmed to take over the world. They may terrify sensitive or younger kids.
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Products & Purchases
The "You're the One" show is clearly a nod to X Factor or Idol-type talent shows. There are products/merchandise associated with Postman Pat, though more in the United Kingdom than in the United States.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Postman Pat: The Movie is a feature-length film based on the popular British preschool show Postman Pat. The movie, like the show, promotes emotional development, friendship, and community bonds, as well as the idea that close personal friendships are more important than fame and fortune. Preschoolers will be encouraged to participate in their community, acknowledge public servants, and be kind and courteous to others. Older kids may recognize the similarity between the reality show in the movie and talent series like X Factor and American Idol. Most of the movie is fine for kids but there are some frightening robots with scary red laser eyes that act rudely toward postal customers, nearly run over people, and are programmed to take over the world. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Little kids familiar with the appealing Postman Pat series will enjoy spending more time with the inhabitants of the small village of Greendale. They'll have fun cheering Pat on as he competes in the You're the One competition (Pat's singing voice is Irish singer-songwriter Ronan Keating). Adults will appreciate some of the parent-friendly humor, the Cowell impression, and the performances by Grint and David Tennant, who plays Josh's fame-hungry dad/manager.
Although the computer-generated animation isn't nearly on par with big-budget animated features by Blue Sky or Pixar, Postman Pat: The Movie is still a sweet, charming story about what happens when you start prioritizing fame or efficiency above relationships and human connection, respectively. And the earnest humor makes this British import a lot of fun to watch with little ones.
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