Postman Pat: The Movie

 
Cute British adventure should make little ones laugh.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are positive social lessons related to friendship and family.

Positive messages

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 eyes, act rudely toward postal customers, nearly run over people, and are programmed to take over the world.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE follows the lovable Pat Clifton (voiced by Stephen Mangan) on a feature-length adventure that takes him from his small village of Greendale to the big city of London. Pat promises his wife, Sara (Susan Duerden), that they'll use his annual bonus for a belated honeymoon, but his plans are foiled when budget cuts mean no bonuses for anyone. Desperate to still make Sara's dreams come true, Pat tries out for the reality talent show You're the One, hosted by the overly critical Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes, doing a Simon Cowell impression). As Pat faces tough singing competition from handsome singer Josh (Rupert Grint), a Draco Malfoy-esque exec uses the opportunity to release a robot postman prototype (a Pat replica) in Greendale.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Little kids familiar with the Postman Pat series will enjoy spending more time with the inhabitants of the small village of Greendale, as well as 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Postman Pat changes throughout the movie and why he loses sight of what he initially set out to do. What are we supposed to learn from Pat's experiences?

  • Why didn't the town like the robot postmen? How is the real Pat irreplaceable?

  • Does the movie make you more interested in the Postman Pat show?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 27, 2014
DVD release date:September 23, 2014
Cast:David Tennant, Rupert Grint, Stephen Mangan
Director:Mike Disa
Studio:Shout! Factory
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cars and trucks, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Music and sing-along, Robots
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old July 5, 2014
age 5+
 

Near death

Parents need to know that Postman pat falls off a building and almost dies,he is saved by a wire hanging on the building.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 3 year old Written byTandy jooste November 4, 2014
age 5+
 

Title gives a false impression

The title gives you a false impression of this movie. It is not a sweet Postman Pat story. The concept is above a toddler. Scary scenes, the robots have scary eyes & there is a scary looking bad black cat. I only have a 3 year old so not sure at what age this would be appropriate I'm guessing 5 or 6
Parent of a 3 and 7 year old Written bygudrunvald October 11, 2014
age 7+
 

Terrible in every way!

The story of Postman Pat was a favorite of mine, but this movie is nothing like the tv shows or the books. It is all about American Idol, evil mastermind trying to take over the world and evil robots with laser eyes. The postmans wife is only on this earth to serve him and their son and is a terrible female character. The jokes meant for adults aren't funny and my kids didn't even like it and were both scared.
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Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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