Klaus is an upcoming animated Christmas comedy film directed by Sergio Pablos (best known for creating the Despicable Me franchise). It serves as an origin story for Santa Claus, and is notable for utilizing a unique style of hand-drawn animation that is shaded to resemble CGI, almost like a reverse of Paperman.
The film concerns a postman named Jesper Johanson (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) who, after failing at his job, is assigned to the North Pole where he encounters a reclusive toymaker named Klaus (voiced by J. K. Simmons). The two must work together to deliver toys to children and bring happiness back to the town of Smeerensburg.
The film also stars the voices of Rashida Jones, Joan Cusack, Will Sasso, and Norm MacDonald. It is set for a limited theatrical release of November 8th, 2019, and for release on Netflix on November 15th.
Klaus contains examples of...
- Badass Santa: To be expected from a J. K. Simmons character. The trailer shows him to be strong enough to tear a large piece of wood in half.
- The Chew Toy: The trailers show Jesper to be a constant victim of abuse and slapstick no matter where he goes.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: In the trailer, Jesper is quite miffed to see the children praising Klaus, but not giving him any credit for delivering the toys Klaus makes.
- Fat and Skinny: Out of the two main characters, Jesper is a skinny postman, whereas Klaus is a large, burly toymaker.
- Feuding Families: This clip reveals that a large part of Smeerensburg's conflict comes from the violent feuds between the Krums and the Ellingboes.
- The Grinch: Mrs. Krum and Mr. Ellingboe are not happy to see the joy Jesper and Klaus bring to the children of Smeerensburg, to the point of sending an angry mob with Torches and Pitchforks to attack them and destroy their toys in the trailer.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The first official trailer makes Jesper seem good-natured and idealistic, while he's definitely not at the start of the movie itself.
- Reused Character Design: Jesper greatly resembles Dr. Delbert Doppler from Treasure Planet, no doubt due to Sergio Pablos designing both characters.
- Rump Roast: The behind the scenes trailer shows a montage of Jesper going down various chimneys. The final one has a lit fireplace, resulting in Jesper leaping out the window crying as his rear is on fire.
- Secondary Character Title: The protagonist's name is Jesper; the title refers to the toymaker he teams up with.
- Wretched Hive: Smeerensburg is described as "the unhappiest place on Earth" by Alva in the trailer, and the townsfolk are shown to be quite violent towards Jesper.