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A new Christmas film has been going down a treat with Netflix viewers. Klaus, the latest effort from Despicable Me creator Sergio Pablos, is the streaming service's first foray into original animated feature films, and early reports from viewers have been overwhelmingly positive. Watch the trailer below:
Viewers have been taking to Twitter to show off their enthusiasm, with one fan posting: "Yes, I loved #KlausNetflix. Yes, it made me cry my eyes out."
Another person added: "Klaus on Netflix is the most ADORABLE and well animated 2D movie I've seen in SO LONG Y'ALL. I really hope everyone gives it a chance. I don't care who you think you are, if you CAN watch it, you absolutely should !!!"
Meanwhile, a third viewer was equally effusive, writing: "Has anyone else seen #KlausNetflix yet? You're doing yourself a disservice, it's beautiful, the voice cast are amazing and it's breathtaking. Love love love."
The film aims to explore the lesser-known origins of the Santa Claus myth, following the adventures of Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman), a failing postal academy student who gets stationed at a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the frosty locals barely speak to each other.
The pessimistic Jesper grows frustrated at his thankless job and is about to give up, but changes his mind at the last minute once he meets up with the local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), who introduces him the mysterious local carpenter Klaus (J. K. Simmons), an enigmatic character who lives alone in a remote cabin full of handmade toys.
To reveal much more would be to give too much away, but suffice to say the local children soon become fascinated by the mysterious man who sneaks into their village in a sled at night, leaving them presents while they sleep, and they soon begin bombarding the carpenter with letters detailing why they deserve a toy this year.
Not only is the film a heartfelt examination of how festive traditions are born, exploring the long-standing practice of giving gifts at Christmas, but it looks absolutely gorgeous too.
Along with his work on Despicable Me, Pablos has also previously worked on Disney classics such as Hercules and Tarzan, and the film marks a triumphant return to the classic hand-drawn, 2D animation style that we all grew up with before Pixar's signature 3D style became the norm.
While kids will no doubt love the film for its slapstick gags and visual humour, the emotional core of the movie and the incredible visuals mean that there's plenty here for adults to enjoy too.
So if you're sick of Love, Actually and need a break from Kevin McAllister torturing burglars in the Home Alone movies, then look no further for your new festive film favourite.
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