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When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy's worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso and Norm Macdonald.


  • Jason Schwartzman
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Rashida Jones
  • Will Sasso
  • Neda Margrethe Labba
  • Sergio Pablos
  • Norm MacDonald
  • Joan Cusack
  • Evan Agos
  • Sky Alexis

Did You Know?


  • Rashida Jones's third animated movie, after Inside Out (2015) and The Grinch (2018), the latter of which is also a Christmas-themed film.
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  • Just after Jesper is explaining to the kid who got coal that only good children get presents, he slams open the lower part of his door, which passes right through two children standing in front of it.
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    • [from trailer]
    • Jesper: Good morning, madam! Ah, and a good morning it is indeed! For, you see, today is the day when progress arrives in this charming little town of yours! Now, let me steal a few moments of your time to introduce to you the novel concept that is the postal service...
    • [the door slams in his face]
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Dec 13, 2019

Sergio Pablos' Klaus is a beautifully animated mix of old and new - offing up a unique and quirky take on Santa's humble beginnings. It's a fun, fresh story about friendship and the power of kindness that coats snowbound cliches with a shiny sheen.

Metacritic review by Matt Fowler
Matt Fowler
Nov 5, 2019

Sergio Pablos' Klaus invents its own unexpected and very enjoyable origin story for the big guy who gives out toys every Christmas eve. Shaking off most Yuletide cliches in favor of a from-scratch story about how even dubiously-motivated generosity can lead to joy, it contains echoes of other seasonal favorites (especially, in a topsy-turvy way, Dr. Seuss' Grinch) while standing completely on its own.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 5, 2019

It’s far more successful with holiday magic than it is with character-based comedy, but that’s not enough of a flaw to keep young audiences (and their parents) from potentially turning this feature into a cherished annual tradition.

Metacritic review by Alonso Duralde
Alonso Duralde