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Pat Clifton, the humble and dedicated postman who's been the star of his own TV series for more than 30 years, gets his moment to shine on the big screen with the release of Postman Pat: The Movie.
Forget the quaint and low-key adventures of yesteryear, though, this film translation is a multicoloured 3D animation that turns its protagonist into a Paul Potts-type singing sensation via a reality TV show. Unfortunately, much of the parochial charm is lost in a film that lacks the visual and storytelling sophistication of superior toon fare.
If only Aardman was in charge of pulling the strings, Pat and his loyal feline sidekick Jess could have been like Wallace and Gromit for a new generation. As it stands, the »
When adapting a children’s TV show that has an established, expectant audience in already in place, to fully succeed you need to ensure that you remain faithful to the tone and spirit of the much-loved series, and to enlarge cinematically with minimum contrivance. While Postman Pat’s debut on the silver screen may deliver in both aspects, it remains a somewhat alienating production as far as the parents are concerned, with little in here to appease all members of the family.
In Mike Disa’s endeavour, Pat’s journey does feel greater, with more dramatic implications to the narrative, to warrant this big screen release. Pat (Stephen Mangan), along with his trusty pet cat Jess, is determined to take his wife on a holiday to Italy. To raise some funds, he decides to enter into a national talent contest, to show off his unique singing ability, and go head-to-head »
- Stefan Pape
2 items from 2014
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