I stumbled across this animated masterpiece last year while perusing Netflix’s library. I studied animation in college and I have a long forgotten animation BFA diploma around here somewhere. Simply put, I couldn’t take my eyes away from this one. Visually, it’s stunning.
Postman Jesper, spoiled and selfish, takes up a new post in a far away town, he finds himself in the middle of a feud that has split the town in two. Family against family. Friends turned foes. Not much mail to deliver in a town full of people who refuse to communicate. Jesper befriends Klaus, a reclusive woodsman who convinces Jesper to deliver a toy to one of the sad children in town.
Soon, they are delivering toys to children on both ends of the town feud. There are some other complicated story elements that are better if you just watch the movie. In the end, a simple act a kindness can go a long way.
This is a Spanish made English language animated film. The animation is spectacular both in design and color. It doesn’t look like anything I have seen in recent memory.
The story is a fresh take on the Santa mythos. It’s brilliant in fact. Nice to see it play out in a less glittery American Santa movie type way. Joan Cusack, Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, and Rashida Jones lend their voices to characters that each stand out in their own way.
“Klaus” is currently streaming on Netflix. Make some Christmas cookies and hot chocolate and watch this one with the kids. You’ll enjoy it as much as they do.