Can you believe the creator of the minions Sergio Pablos created this? Klaus tells the origin of Santa Claus through the eyes of a new mailman named Jesper force to become a mailman at a feuding town. He meets an old woodcarver named Klaus and from there it becomes a really clever origin of Santa Claus. Before I talk about how great this movie is I’ll just get the bad stuff out of the way first. The song How you like me Now from The Heavy plays in one scene. It’s not a huge issue it’s just annoying when pop songs play during what’s supposed to be a timeless story especially with a holiday feel. Fortunately everything else about this movie is amazing.
Jesper played by Jason Schwartzman is a lot like Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove. I was surprised that his personality (more caring about his job) was changed a lot from the teaser but I think it works better for the story. Sure he’s starts off as a prick but as time goes on he becomes very likable. I really like the tough, quiet interpretation of Klaus played by wonderfully by J.K. Simmons. Both characters and their friendship give a lot of heart to this movie. The movie especially has a lot of heart and emotional moments that help make this film so charming.
The best thing about this movie is the animation, my god the animation is amazing. It’s a wonderful merge of 2d and 3d animation. Every character has their own unique character design, and movement. The backgrounds and lighting are amazing and help make the world great to look at. Honestly I feels very much like a Disney movie in terms of animation and story beats (I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since Sergio Pablos worked at Disney). If the Academy Awards chose the best animated feature winner in terms of animation I think this would win (in case Promare isn’t nominated).
Spoilers: I also really like the ending. After twelve years of delivering presents Klaus disappears, but Jesper mentions still seeing him every Christmas Eve. I like how ambiguous it is whether Klaus died or not. I had a prediction that Klaus would actually die and Jesper would become the new Santa Claus. While that’s not the case, it’s still a bittersweet but wonderful way to end the movie.
Klaus is in my opinion the best Christmas movie I’ve seen since Arthur Christmas and one of the best animated movies of 2019 next to Promare. It’s another movie I’m adding to my list of Christmas movies/specials I watch every Christmas along with Rankin Bass, Grinch and Charlie Brown. A great start to the holidays.
+ Ambiguous/bittersweet ending
+ Klaus himself
+ The animation
– License songs