Beloved children’s TV character Postman Pat gets his first feature-length outing, but the series’ cosy charm has sadly got lost in the mail. Replacing the original’s gentle stop-motion animation with bland CGI, the film crassly tries to jazz things up by having Pat (nicely voiced by Stephen Mangan) enter a Britain’s Got Talent-style TV Show in a bid to win an Italian holiday for his wife. In his absence, a megalomaniac efficiency expert replaces Pat with a grinning robot lookalike, plotting to take over the postal delivery company with an army of sinister ‘Patbots’. The talent show’s outrageously grouchy host, Simon Cowbell, raises the odd smile, but the in-jokes will go over toddlers’ heads, while the evil robots might prove too scary. Return to sender.
Certificate U. Runtime 87 mins. Director Mike Disa.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on Monday 29th September.
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