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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.

Directors:

Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López (co-director)

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Sergio Pablos (original story by), Sergio Pablos (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Jesper (voice)
J.K. Simmons ... Klaus (voice)
Rashida Jones ... Alva (voice)
Will Sasso ... Mr. Ellingboe (voice)
Neda Margrethe Labba Neda Margrethe Labba ... Márgu (voice)
Sergio Pablos Sergio Pablos ... Pumpkin / Olaf (voice)
Norm MacDonald ... Mogens (voice)
Joan Cusack ... Mrs. Krum (voice)
Evan Agos ... Ellingboe Boy (voice)
Sky Alexis ... Ellingboe Girl 2 (voice)
Jaeden Bettencourt ... Krum Boy / Jesper's Son (voice)
Teddy Blum ... Small Ellingboe Boy (voice)
Mila Brener ... Ellingboe Girl 3 (voice)
Sydney Brower ... Ellingboe Girl (voice)
Finn Carr ... Ellingboe Boy 1 (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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Discover the friendship that launched a legend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

(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 »

Also Known As:

Klaus See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Netflix's animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA. See more »

Goofs

On the tapestry that depicts the feud between the Krums and the Ellingboes, 'Ellingboe' is misspelled as 'Elingboe'. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear onscreen until the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Gérard Depardieu/Dzhizus (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber (uncredited)
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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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