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POSTMAN PAT (U) .....FROM working as a stop-motion animator on The Magic Roundabout in the 1960s to directing The Wombles and Paddington in the 1970s, the late Ivor Wood then introduced Postman Pat to British TV in 1981.

Now, almost a decade after Wood's death, postman Pat Clifton finally delivers the village of Greendale to the silver screen.

Don't think this is solely aimed at young children under six - or overlook it simply because Postman Pat hasn't got Pixar's latest bells and whistles.

Directed by Mike Disa it feels very different to the big American blockbusters and starts beautifully.

The CGI animation might look simple, but the northern accents and Jess the cat quickly draw us into a very British world a la Wallace and Gromit.

The underlying story about Postman Pat's job being threatened by mechanisation and robots is also very topical - especially as he wants to take his wife to Italy but isn't getting a bonus from the new Special Delivery Service.

Unfortunately, the plot then throws our hero head first into You're The One, a village version of Britain's Got Talent, masterminded by Simon 'Cowbell' (Robin Atkin Downes).

If last year's One Direction film didn't give us enough Simon Cowell | Pat fails to deliver on the big screen, this is total overkill - a one-joke plot squeezed through a computerised mangle until Postman Pat's pips shriek.

Stephen Mangan voices Postman Pat talking, Ronan Keating when he's singing, with other talents including Rupert Grint as teenage singer Josh with David Tennant as his pushy father.

Since Simon Cowell and his talent shows are already over-exposed on TV, it's a real shame that Postman Pat's producers have rubber-stamped such a contrived storyline at the expense of originality.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 23, 2014
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