My son, although only 19 months, is a huge fan (much like myself) of the old Postman Pat animations of the '80s so you can imagine his delight when he opened his presents on Christmas to find out he had a video with two all-new episodes of the classic show. I was wary at purchasing this at first, apprehensive that updating Postman Pat would lead to it losing the simplicity that made the Tv show such a favourite with young children. Happily though, all the original elements of Postman pat remain; the catchy theme tune; the lovely design of the village; the overriding sense of friendliness are all here in these new shows.
There have been some changes, however. For example, the animation has been greatly improved. The movement of the characters is much 'smoother' and the detail of the sets is more in-depth than before. As for storylines, there is a lot greater emphasis on Pat's homelife. For instance, there is loads of attention focused on Julian (Pat's son) and his friends. The plots of the two new episodes still retain that cosy, happy warm feeling and the modernisation that does occur is actually welcome (for example, the introduction of an Asian family to Greendale). Also, I'm glad to say, Jess is up to his old tricks.
Postman Pat is one of those rare shows for pre-schoolers that does not immediately bore adults thanks to it's wonderful animation, familiar characters and plot-lines ideal for a wet afternoon in front of the TV with the kids.