|Source: Screen Relish|
E1 Entertainment have today released the teaser trailer for their upcoming Christmas comedy film Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?. Serving as a direct continuation of the semi-educational story arc established in 2011's remarkably hilarious Nativity! and 2013's remarkably less chuckle-worthy Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, the third instalment in the shamelessly bloated festive saga will once again follow the youngsters who comprise St. Bernedatte's most notorious class as they come to terms with receiving an astoundingly temperamental new teacher (has there ever been a role more suited to Martin Clunes' performing talents, we ask you, dear reader?) and a similarly apathetic headmistress (played by none other than Celia Imrie) to boot.
If anyone was under the impression that the Nativity! casting team weren't particularly prominent fans of Doctor Who before now, then that illusion has been well and truly dispelled by Dude, Where's My Donkey?'s initial video preview. From Clunes (who starred in the 1980s serial "Snakedance") to Tate (best known for her portrayal of Donna Noble between 2006-2010), from Imrie (the actor who brought us the deliciously ruthless Miss Kizlet in last year's "The Bells of Saint John") to Jason Watkins (or, as we knew him last year, "Nightmare in Silver"'s chillingly manipulative theme park owner Webley - apologies to fans who've spent the last sixteen months attempting to erase that muddled Cyber-adventure from their memories) and David Tennant (who's not been confirmed to reprise his role as Danger in the Manger's quirky protagonist but is all but guaranteed to at least receive a namecheck - for fear of coming off as heartlessly patronising, we'll restrain from going into details of his history with the long-running science-fiction drama), there's no shortage whatsoever of formidable talent from the BBC's hit TV series. At the same time, the trailer itself doesn't come up short on cringe-worthy one-liners, shameless spiritual callbacks to Dude's immediate predecessors and clichéd moments so uninspired that they might as well have been recycled from Wikipedia; suffice to say that (at least at this rate) regular screenwriter Debbie Isitt will have her work cut out if she's hoping to come anywhere close to matching the rare strength and charm of the notably accomplished original piece.
Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? will bring merriment and festive joy (not to mention a sizeable helping of mince pies, if it's got any sense about it) to UK cinemas nationwide this November 14th.