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Klaus is a 2019 animated Christmas film written and directed by Sergio Pablos. It had a limited theatrical release in the UK, Canada, and the United States, and premiered worldwide on Netflix on November 15, 2019 and received critical acclaim for its animation, story, and vocal performances. It won seven awards at the 47th Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature, and also won Best Animated Film at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. It was also nominated at the Academy Awards for the best animated feature, making it the first Netflix film and any film exclusively available on a streaming service to do so, along with I Lost My Body. Unfortunately, it lost to Toy Story 4.
A lazy son of a wealthy family named Jesper is sent to an island above the Arctic Circle by his father after he showed to be the worst postman at a royal academy. Under a circumstance for Jesper to return, he must post 6,000 letters within a year, or else he'll be cut off from his family. When he does arrive at the island, he encounters the residents there, who are very horrible and mean-spirited, as well as a family who has been in a feud that has been going on for generations. He later meets and befriends a reclusive woodsman named Klaus who lives in a secluded cabin far away from the village.
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- The hand-drawn animation is absolutely gorgeous. When you pause a scene from the movie, it almost looks like a painting.
- James Baxter, an animator who is well known for how surprisingly smooth his animations are, worked on a scene in this movie!
- The animation is groundbreaking in that it uses computer generated textures over hand-drawn character to give a painterly look.
- Proper character development: Jesper goes from being very selfish and lazy to being kind-hearted.
- The film's character designs are also good as well, honorable mention goes to Márgu for having an amazingly adorable design.
- The film's take on the Santa mythos is highly original.
- The story is heartwarming and engaging.
- The song "Invisible" by Zara Larsson makes you feel the goosebumps including the scene where Márgu ride a sled in the snow while the camera focuses on her as the music goes on.
- The voice acting is well done, which big names such as J.K. Simmons as Klaus.
- The ending of the story was really emotional and sends the film off on a high note.
- Along with Frozen 2, this movie heavily features the Sami people (albeit in Finland rather than Norway), and both have been applauded by them for not only bringing attention to them in American media, but doing it well and working with them to get it just right.
- It was nice way to introducing the animation studios company, Netflix Animation.
- The film does get off to a pretty bad start, but it does pick up again once Jesper enters Smeerensberg and especially when he meets Klaus.
- Jesper can seem rather unlikable at times (again, especially at the start), and can be a little too similar to Kusco from The Emperor's New Groove.