By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com September 16, 2011 at 2:43AM
Stephen Mangan and Jim Broadbent Also Involved
You might not be familiar with "Postman Pat." The kind of peculiarly eccentric, low-key animation series that could only have come out of Great Britain, it involves the adventures of the titular postal worker, and his black-and-white cat Jess, in the fictional village of Greendale. He delivers letters, he helps out the villagers, and that's about it. But the show has run on-and-off for thirty years, has aired all over the world, and we can assure you it was a key part of this writer's childhood.
And now, Pat is heading to the big screen, with Screen Daily bringing news that Icon is currently at work on a 3D CGI animated film starring the character, entitled "Postman Pat: The Movie -- You Know You're The One," having assembled a fairly impressive collection of British vocal talent to bring it to life. British TV star Stephen Mangan ("Green Wing," "Free Agents") will voice Pat, while David Tennant, "Harry Potter" star Rupert Grint and Jim Broadbent will all take unknown roles.
The plot will apparently involve Pat being tempted away from his home by a TV talent competition, which sounds like it'll capture exactly none of the pastoral charm of the original, but, hey-ho, it's not like we'll actually see the thing. Icon will release the film in early 2013 (we imagine targeted towards the February school half-term holidays) in the U.K, and there's no news if/when it'll make its way Stateside.