Don’t underestimate Netflix’s ‘Klaus’ in your Oscar predictions for Best Animated Feature

Netflix is continuing its efforts to expand its mark at the Oscars. This year will include an attempt to make it into the race for Best Animated Feature with the Christmas movie “Klaus.” The film marks the directorial debut of Sergio Pablos, who had previously developed the story for “Despicable Me” and the source material for “Smallfoot.” It also features an original song, “Invisible,” written by Justin Tranter.

In the film, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) is an entitled brat at a postal academy that’s headed by his father. In the hopes of forcing him to make something of himself, Jesper’s father stations him in Smeerensburg, a frozen island above the Arctic Circle. Jesper soon realizes the island is populated by people who have been feuding with each other for generations and has had no use for the postal service. Jesper happens upon a towering recluse, Klaus (J.K. Simmons), who
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