trying to get to Greendale. I've got some
business to attend to there!"
It's Christmas Eve and Postman Pat's rather excited.
He's going to surprise the
folks at tonight's Christmas party by dressing
up as Santa Claus. But - Ssh! - it's
all a big secret right now. Pat takes his big
secret to work with him, whilst
his family speculates about tonight's "surprise
guest". Sarah gets in a
muddle with her baking, Jess gets his paws in
the flour and Julian writes
a letter to Santa asking for some Christmas snow.
"Oh, I wish it would snow.
Then Christmas would be perfect!"
En route from the Post Office, with his van stuffed
with Christmas parcels
and cards, Pat bumps in to a jolly bearded visitor,
who appears like magic,
in the middle of a lane. The chap hides his Christmas
hat and accepts
Pat's offer of a lift to Greendale. That is, if
he doesn't mind going on Pat's
rounds with him first?
And so it is that Pat and his Mysterious Visitor
tour Greendale together.
Back home, Pat's wife Sarah continues to bake
her party cake (with a few
interruptions from Jess). And Julian plays with
his school friends. In the
absence of any snow, he goes sledding on grass,
thanks to his pal Bill
who puts skateboard wheels on his sledge. And
the gang proceed to
build a snowman scarecrow.
As for Pat and his pal, they meet Ted and Mr Pringle putting
lights up on
the hall, and they drive around the village delivering
mail. In spite of numerous
hints from his guest, and even a sprinkling of Yuletide
magic to speed up
the deliveries, Pat's still none the wiser about his
identity. The chap stays
long enough to help get his Van out of a rather muddy
patch before he
disappears again. Oh, but there's no time to ponder,
sun's going down and Pat's going to be late for
Come the evening, everyone's delighted when the surprise
himself. It's Santa Claus, and he's got presents
and laughter for everyone!
Everyone, that is, except for Pat who bursts in
rather late and under
dressed, just as Santa departs. He's so sorry
for the delay. But no one
believes him. They think it's a ruse. But if that
man wasn't Pat, it must
be... It couldn't be...?
Of course it is!
This Christmas Special is thin on plotting, but it's
packed with charm. And
as you'd expect, there's lots of lovely Greendale
detail to enjoy. Pat's house
has pictures on every wall. The Clifton's fridge
has drawings of Mr Pringle,
Jess and Pat's red van, Blu-taked on the door.
And if you squint you
can even see Julian's school report pinned to
the kitchen noticeboard.
This house feels so cosy and lived in. The set
dressing is remarkable.
Mind you, that same detail leaves the film makers
open to scrutiny,
as those Greendale Glitches
As with the previous
special, we might have hoped for a little more
magic with the presentation. Why couldn't we have
a filmic theme
instead of those generic opening credits? But really,
this is just
nitpicking for nitpicking's sake. Pat has a magic
day, and there's a
lovely end scene where Santa shows up in his very
own home, and he
leaves some Christmas snow for Julian - to make his
Pat's a clever Postman, and as his son Julian
points out, he seems
to know everything. But it seems
he wouldn't know Santa if he poked
him in the eye. How many clues does he need?
jolly, white-beared stranger appears in the middle of a country
lane, on Christmas Eve.
offers him a lift, if he doesn't mind coming on his rounds?
be nice to see how it's usually done!" says the stranger.
the stranger get out here often? - "No"
he says, "only
our stranger has known Ted Glen and Jeff Pringle since
they were little
look, our stranger has magically sorted the parcels and letters
in Pat's red van.
And what's this? He's delivering them magically, too!
Pat's van gets stuck in the mud. He's not a good driver, but
neither is our stranger,
who says he once slid off a roof!
the stranger lets him borrow some familar fur-topped boots,
just before he disappears
again. But Pat still can't make the
Woodgate furnishes the film with a jolly jingling score. And he
presents us with the titular song "Magic
Christmas", which plays
over a moivie montage, mid-way through, as Pat
get all the letters and packages sorted and delivered...
a magical Christmas (Christmas delivery),
a Magical Christmas (In Greendale)..."
- Magical Christmas by Simon
still has it's share of problem
clocks. At the start of the
film, Pat enters the kitchen
and tells his wife that he'd better get on,
he's got lots of extra
parcels and letters to deliver in time for Christmas.
Behind him, his wall clock
says it's already 11 o'clock. But when he
finally gets to the
Post Office, the clock there says it's only 7.30.
When the boys discover
Jess' floury pawprints in Julian's bedroom,
a pink-haired gonk in a green box, sitting to the left of his desk.
The next moment, as they
sneak around the bed, the same gonk in
the same box is sitting
to the right of a wardrobe - spooky, eh?
and his new pal stop by the school to give some letters to
Ted and Jeff Pringle. Then we enter
the "Magical Christmas" montage,
during which we see Pat's pal magically
sorting the van. And in the
midst of the muddle is a letter,
clearly addressed to Ted Glen - Oops!
"Postman Pat's Magic Christmas" made
its home video premiere prior
to any tv broadcast. In the UK, the film launched
on DVD/VHS as a
double-bill with "Postman Pat and the Greendale
on 10th November 2003.
The film subsequently premiered on BBC2, on Christmas
on the original series written by John Cunliffe
based upon the original television series
designed and produced by Ivor Wood
script editor: animators:
Plummer-Andrews (for the BBC)
Jane Smith, Oliver Ellis (for Ent. Rights)
Simon Woodgate at Echobass Studios
Tim Collings, Brian Demoskoff, Lucy Gell,
Lisa Goddard, Lisa-Jane Gray, Monica McCartney,
Matt Palmer, Bob Scott, Chris Tootell
Mackinnon & Saunders
Noel Baker, Colin Batty, Anne Hall,
Joe Holman, Clare Jones, Caroline Wallace,
Robbie Manning, Nick Roberson, Emma Trimble,
Kristine Keogh, Georgina Haynes, Richard Pickersgill,
Michelle Scattergood, Stuart Sutcliffe
The As & When Men
Jeff Spain, Rick Kent, Richard Sykes,
Alan Henry, Robin Jackson
John Ashton, Diane Holness, Angela Kiely
Nigel Cornford, Joan Jones, Andrea Lord,
Jo Richards, Simon Lacey
The Sound House, Hullabaloo studios
Phil Atack, Matthew Horsefield
Victoria Marks (for