"Witty and Charming"
What You Need To Know:
KLAUS is a witty, charming movie with heartwarming moments. It cleverly shows how one selfless act can put into motion countless other selfless acts. KLAUS has a strong moral worldview with depictions of thankfulness, kindness, selflessness, and family. There’s some unnecessary cartoon violence and one scene with scary dogs that are after Jesper, but they never get close to harming him. KLAUS has some implied magic in a couple scenes and doesn’t mention Christmas, Jesus or the original St. Nicholas, but that doesn’t take away from the movie’s overall positive messages and warmth.
An animated movie, KLAUS follows a young postman tasked to create a working post office in a faraway town. His job is to have 6,000 letters mailed by the end of the year. When he meets an ally who has a house full of unused toys, he devises a plan that will encourage children to write letters. KLAUS is a strange take on the Santa Claus legend, with moments of unnecessary violence and brief magic, but it includes great messages about kindness, selflessness and the power of being united as one community.
As the movie opens, Jesper, the son of a postmaster, is in training to become a postman himself. However, when his father learns he’s cheating and bribing his way through his training, he decides it’s time to force his son to grow up. He sends Jesper to the community of Smeerensburg, a faraway town on an island that can only be reached by boat.
When Jesper arrives, he expects to find a lively town whose citizens are excited to welcome him. Instead, he finds an old, rundown place. When he accidentally rings the town’s battle bell, citizens run from opposite sides of the town ready to fight. He learns there’s a longstanding tradition of hatred between the Ellingboes and the Krums that’s divided the town. The townspeople learn Jesper is a postman and are outraged he has been sent there.
On his first day on the job, Jesper finds a drawing on the ground that was dropped by a child. Instead of giving it back, he convinces the child to mail it. He takes the letter with him out to the woods to visit one last place to check for mail. He arrives at an empty house filled with toys, but eventually runs into a big man named Klaus. Jesper assumes the man is a bad guy and runs away. As Jesper runs away, he drops the bag holding the letter. The letter finds Klaus who takes a look.
Cut to Jesper. He’s packing his things to head home and give up on his job. On his way out, he runs into Klaus, who’s carrying a wrapped toy. Klaus makes Jesper deliver it to the house where the child who mailed the drawing lives.
When the children of the town find out about the toy the child received after writing a letter, they all want to start writing letters. This ignites an idea in Jesper for a partnership between him and Klaus. Jesper encourages the children to keep writing letters asking for toys to help him meet his quota for mail deliveries, and Klaus will provide the toys. The two of them will deliver the toys to the children who write every night.
The letters and toys start to have an effect on the townspeople, who gradually start to put their differences aside and interact with one another. Will Jesper and Klaus change the longstanding tradition of hatred in the town, or will Jesper eventually be run out of town and fail to complete his job?
KLAUS is a witty animated movie with a twist on how Santa Claus came to be the legendary person we all know today. The movie has some heartwarming moments as the audience watches how one selfless act can put into motion countless other selfless acts.
KLAUS has a strong moral worldview with depictions of thankfulness, kindness, selflessness, and family. The movie also supports the importance of education for children. There is some unnecessary cartoon violence and one scene with scary dogs that are after Jesper, but they never get close to harming him. KLAUS has some implied magic in a few scenes and doesn’t mention Christmas, Jesus or the original St. Nicholas, but that doesn’t take away from the movie’s overall positive messages and warmth.