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Klaus (2019)

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A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

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Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López (co-director)

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Zach Lewis (screenplay by), Jim Mahoney (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Schwartzman ... Jesper (voice)
Rashida Jones ... Alva (voice)
Joan Cusack ... Mrs. Krum (voice)
J.K. Simmons ... Klaus (voice)
Norm MacDonald ... Mogens (voice)
Will Sasso ... Mr. Ellingboe (voice)
Sergio Pablos Sergio Pablos ... Pumpkin / Olaf (voice)
Mila Brener ... Ellingboe Girl 3 (voice)
Neda Margrethe Labba Neda Margrethe Labba ... Margu (voice)
Sydney Brower ... Ellingboe Girl (voice)
Teddy Blum ... Small Ellingboe Boy (voice)
Emma Shannon ... Creepy girl 1 (voice)
Kendall Joy Hall ... Annelise (voice)
Julian Zane ... Krum Boy (voice)
Amanda Philipson ... Ellingboe Councilwoman (voice)
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Storyline

When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy's worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated Christmas comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman and JK Simmons. Written by Netflix

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(Rated PG for rude humor and mild action) | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | UK

Language:

English | Saami

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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This was the last film animator Mary Lescher worked on. The film is dedicated to her. See more »

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[first lines]
Jesper: [narrating] Letters. You don't really write many these days, do you? But I bet there's one you never forget. Send it off to a certain plump guy in a red suit and, provided you've kept your act together more or less, he'll drop off a toy or two. And yet, no one seems to wonder how the whole thing got started in the first place. This is a story about letters, and it began .. with this one...
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The film title has a clockwork key powering it. See more »

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Anti-Postmodern Santa Claus
17 November 2019 | by keikoyoshikawaSee all my reviews

If postmodernism is defined as a rejection of morality and human nature, then this animated story is a repudiation of that rejection, but done in a refreshingly adult and not too overly sentimental way.

Thankfully, there are none of the usual Hollywood tropes; rather, the characters and situation are very grounded despite having elements of the fantastical and surrealism mixed in. It is not even Disney-esque, which is also a very good good thing.

That this "Santa Claus" is not the only main character is moreover a good choice by the writers. By doing so, the story is able to focus on how a mythical character could conceivably come to be - and that makes for a very interesting and entertaining premise.

Everything about this animated story is well done: The animation is crisp and detailed; the dialogues are convincing and at times humorous; the music fits, is modern, and used judiciously.

Young children will not probably understand the deeper meanings, but everyone else will.


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