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Parents' Guide to

Postman Pat: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cute British adventure has positive messages, scary robots.

Movie NR 2014 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 8+

Triggered massive meltdown for 5 year old

Way way too violent for pre-schoolers. Evil robots take over the world, Postman Pat’s friends and family all turn against him. The “peril” goes on far too long. My 5 year old was really upset we had to turn it off and she had a massive melt down. She’s never had a meltdown before. Avoid.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 2+

Dull, repetitive animated songs for preschoolers.

There's simply nothing to recommend about this by-the-numbers, poorly animated, repetitive, and unoriginal effort. The dull, canned music is just the right accompaniment for the abysmal animation, the monotonous dance moves (10 seconds of motion, repeat and repeat again for up to five minutes). When such inventive children's music is available on CD, online, and elsewhere, opportunities abound for family-friendly, interactive song and dance. Dance! is not one of them. What a way to separate the parent-consumer from his or her hard-earned dollar!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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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