When I heard that a new Postman Pat DVD was about to be released, I got myself ready for a nice, quiet, low action hour or so of watching the friendly postie pootling about on his daily round. I wasn't expecting an impressive array of A-listers to be splashed across the DVD cover, but that's what Postman Pat : The Movie will deliver when it hits the shelves next week (on 29th September).
Stephen Mangan (Rush, TV’s Episodes) provides the voice of Pat, with Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, the upcoming Paddington), David Tennant (TV’s Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley) in supporting roles. Even more impressive, Pat's singing voice is provided by none other than Ronan Keating. Wow !
I wasn't expecting such a high octane, complicated plot either ! It focuses on a talent show called You’re The One (with presenter Simon Cowbell which made me laugh !) whose auditions come to Greendale. Pat - together with cat Jess - decides to enter and gets through to the finals. However, one of the Special Delivery Service execs introduces a whole army of Patbot 3000 robots who end up wanting to take over the whole world, rather than just Pat's postal duties! The robots (including a version of Jess with laser eyes !) are possibly a bit scary for very young preschoolers so make sure you're around to watch with them.
I don't think sleepy Greendale has ever seen so much action ! It's great fun with Pat being taken out of his usual peaceful surroundings and thrust into the limelight and the centre of a slightly sinister, sci-fi robot storyline. The kids loved it, recognising their well-loved childhood TV hero, even if it took a while to get used to the new voices, and the grown-ups loved playing spot-the-celeb-voice (I've spoilt that part for you now though, having told you up front who's in it !).
star rating : 4/5
Disclosure : I received the DVD in order to write an honest review.
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