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Klaus (2019)

Right, so it's Christmas Day. But that doesn't mean that it's too late to watch a Christmas film. So whatever you're doing, head onto Netflix and watch this incredible film. Boasting out-of-this-world animation, great voice acting and a beautiful story, Klaus is easily one of my favourite Christmas films – that I would love to watch every year.

So, you might be wondering...what's it about? Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) is a spoilt postman who's used to being pampered by his wealthy father. But this year's different, it's time that he takes responsibility and shows that he is worth his inheritance. His dad, therefore, sends him to the bleak and frozen Smeerensburg to be their new postman.

Whilst on the depressing island, Jesper notices that the town is in dispute – with two families that are constantly in battle. And within the outskirts of the town lives toymaker Klaus (voiced by J.K Simmons). Once befriending him, Jesper convinces Klaus to create toys for the kids within the village. And thus, the tradition and legacy of Father Christmas is created. 

Now, that's all I'm going to say about the plot. There are various twists and turns throughout it, which lead you to believe that there won't be a happy ending – but as a kid's film, of course you know that it won't end badly. However, the emotion within it is something that I wasn't expecting. Similar to the inspiring Iron Giant, the adult themes could extend beyond a child's comprehension - instead hitting the older generations emotions. 

As aforementioned, the animation is simply spell-binding. Created using 2D animation, it makes me think of traditional animation, such as that of Disney films or the previously mentioned Iron Giant. This animation is so extraordinary and diverts away from what we see on screen nowadays – which is what I absolutely loved about it. From the colours to the depth of the characters, it was something that was truly unique. To find out more about the process, this article is fascinating.

This film has everything. A truly awe-inspiring motion picture, it's perfect for children and adults. I would 100000000% recommend this every time - especially if you're in a festive mood and are looking for a heartwarming film.

Director: Sergio Pablos

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— AW