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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The only way to change outdated, stagnant traditions is to replace them with happier, newer ones, as seen with the Ellingboes vs. Krums feud being traded for the yearly celebration of Christmas. Broken a little by the fact that well after the feud ended, the people of Smeerensburg are still at peace.
  • Award Snub:
    • It failed to get nominated for Best Animated Motion Picture at the 2019 Golden Globes, enraging a number of fans.
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    • It also lost the Academy Award for Best Animated Film to Toy Story 4, which sparked yet another heated debate on how the Academy seems to favor Disney/Pixar films over everything else, as well as accusations of bias against the film because it was released on Netflix instead of getting a wide release. Let's leave it at that.
  • Awesome Art: The unique animation style is gorgeous to look at, to the point where many are unable to tell if it's 2D or 3D. Even more impressive is that even the hand-drawn animation is computer-generated via the "paperless" traditional method of drawing directly onto graphics tablets into ToonBoom.
  • Awesome Music: "Invisible", the film's theme by Zara Larsson.
    • The score that accompanies the scene when the Krum boy opens the first present Klaus and Jesper delivered and then starts joyfully playing with it is also quite stirring.
  • "Common Knowledge": No, the film is not meant to look like CGI as many have claimed. Sergio Pablos's intention with the film was to avert Detail-Hogging Cover by giving the characters the same amount of detail, shading, and texturing you'd see in concept or promotional art.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite being a relatively minor character, Mogens is very popular thanks in large part to Norm MacDonald's hilariously sarcastic vocal performance. It helps that he's the first to really put Jesper in his place, and then helps Jesper's father understand he doesn't actually want to leave.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jesper and Klaus, also called "Merry Husbands".
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Has gained a noticeable one with Frozen II, another winter-themed animated family film set in Northern Europe, due to the latter being a Contested Sequel to a film that has gained a lot of Hype Backlash.
    • It spawned one with Toy Story 4 after the it won Best Animation Feature over it at the 2020 Academy Awards despite the odds being in its favor.note  Some have even believe that the stigma of 2D animation no being popular as it was befire led to the Academy choosingToy Story 4 over Klaus, which added to the vitriol.
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  • Fandom-Specific Plot: There is a recurring crossover of this Klaus with the Klaus from Rise of the Guardians, and that makes Jesper into some magical being too, often some sort of winged messenger.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Fans of Klaus get along well with those who love Green Eggs and Ham (2019), as both premiered on Netflix at the same time, both were praised for their excellent hand-drawn animation, and the dynamics of Klaus and Jesper get compared to Guy and Sam.
    • The Emperor's New Groove shares a fanbase with this movie, since both involve a snarky, self-centered protagonist from a wealthy background who learns to become selfless with the help of a large, kind-hearted man. Even the heroes of both films bear slight resemblances to each other, which was not lost in at least one review.
    • Fans of The Road to El Dorado enjoy this movie. Not only does it share a similar sardonic humor and expressive hand-drawn animation style, but it centers around at least one selfish Butt-Monkey Anti-Hero who ends up in a foreign town against his will, cons the locals into giving him something he wants (gold, letters) so he can return home in luxury, yet comes to care for the locals he's conning and ultimately chooses to stay. It helps that Klaus involved a lot of the same former Disney and/or DreamWorks animators who worked on El Dorado.
  • Ho Yay: A lot between Klaus and Jesper, to the point some people think that they seem more like the lead couple than the actual lead couple.
    • The second time Jesper goes to Klaus' house plays out like a sort of supernatural Meet Cute, where the force that accompanies Klaus keeps pointing him towards Jesper.
    • When Jesper listens to Klaus laugh for the first time, he's quite impressed and wants to hear his laughter again.
    • There are some moments that actively parallel Klaus' current relationship with Jesper to his previous marriage, including parallels between Jesper and Lydia.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jesper. Prior to his Character Development, he’s careless and full of himself, but you can’t help but feel sorry for him having to spend a year on a freezing cold island living in a beat-up post office surround by two groups of bitter, violent people constantly trying to kill each other.
  • Moe: Pretty much all of the Smeerensburg kids are this, taken up to eleven with little Márgu, the Saami girl who befriends Jesper.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Jesper's first meeting with Klaus is terrifying from his viewpoint. His first impression of him is an eight foot tall hooded figure with cold eyes and an ax in hand. Jesper runs off and glances a moment to see Klaus standing where he was seconds ago. It's no wonder Jesper didn't hesitate to drive his wagon away at full speed.
    • Their second meeting is even scarier, with Klaus mysteriously standing in the road when Jesper tries to take the next boat home. And during a lightning storm, no less.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The scene where the little Ellingboe boy receives the first toy is very sweet on the first watch. But it becomes beautiful after learning that this is the first time Klaus saw the joy he could bring a child after years of never being able to have children himself.
  • Signature Scene: Jesper seeing Klaus's decorative shelf, showing him Klaus's dreams of wanting children.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Many people have cited Jesper and Alva ending up together as a rushed part of the ending; they don't actually share many scenes with each other to establish a deeper chemistry, and/or Jesper's relationship with Klaus seemed much more genuine.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • Many criticized the decision to feature "High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco in the official trailer, believing this modern pop song doesn't match the film's timeless holiday feel.
    • The trailers for European Spanish dub was criticized due to the monotonous and uninspired voice acting of the main cast.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some have criticized the decision to remove Jesper's British accent from the 2015 pilot trailer, feeling that it fit him better than Jason Schwartzman's American accent.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Definitely one of the many praises about the film. The animation is hand-drawn, but masterfully blends in realistic 3D lightning and shading. There's a reason why some people have mistaken the film for CGI.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Some feel this way about Joan Cusack as Mrs. Krum, believing it to be jarring hearing Jessie's voice coming out of an ugly wrinkly elderly Yzma-like hag.


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