Klaus' Netflix new released movie : a contribution to Christmas.
Could it be candidate to an Oscar?
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! If you were waiting for the Christmassy movie period, you were right to wait as Netflix released one the best Christmas animated movie so far this year.
The story around Klaus begins and ends with Sergio Pablos. The talented and proven animator behind Despicable Me, which worked for Universal Pictures from 2010 to 2017. Following the Disney boom in the early 90s, which successfully participated Sergio Pablos, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and Tarzan. The hand-animation industry has stagnated. This forced Pablos to return to his hometown in Madrid, where he founded his company SPA Studios.
After the CGI animated series, he wanted to recreate a hand-drawn movie. But nowadays, it seems that it isn't easy to find producers for it. Big companies have repeatedly dismissed on his project as too risky. Until he knocked on Netflix's door.
Jesper - starring Jason Schwartzman from The Grand Budapest Hotel - is a spoiled young man from a rich postal family. Expectedly, Jesper is by far the worst student at the Postal Academy. His desperate father asked him to send 6,000 letters, all from the desertic Arctic village of Smeerensburg. Is sent to be punished? He must learn a lesson as his father said. Jesper is aware that a lazy guy like him simply cannot do it. But then he meets Klaus - starring J.K. Simmons from Law & Order - a woodcutter who makes piles of toys for children. Jesper's plan is simple: persuade Klaus to bribe the city's children with toys and then to send letters through Jesper. But children don't know how to write, so Jesper has to overcome that problem as well. For that, a village teacher, miss Alva - starring Rasheeda Leah Johnson from Park and Recreation - is on hand. This wouldn't be a Christmas story if it wasn't for a little magic, sleigh, and deer, right?
Christmas and his magic are more valued by children more than adults but Pablo successfully changed this idea. All this wouldn't be possible if Netflix didn't agree to make Pablos' dream of returning with a hand-drawn movie came true. Author Sergio Pablos himself testified that it was not easy. Pablos says: "That when it came to pre-production on Netflix there was no Animation Department". Pablos was much helped by Netflix's director of film animation, James Baxter, who worked as a supervisor on The Little Mermaid. After all, it should be said that this animated movie is a kind of 'winning ticket' for Netflix in Oscar's race.
The eternal story of friendship and goodness, under the spell of Christmas, launched in cinemas on November 8, 2019, and one week later on Netflix, November 15, 2019.
NB: The inspiration for the snowy town of Smeernsburg is the former Danish whaling station on Artik. Her name is Smeernburg