I love Christmas movies, and a heart-warming animated film that gets right to the spirit of the Christmas season is an enormous treat. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about seeing Klaus, I highly recommend it as a movie that will likely be added to the catalogue of films you watch year after year.
The one thing that baffled me a bit about Santa as a child is that there are so many versions of “how Santa came to be,” from movies to books to what random adults are willing to tell you. Klaus piles on to these versions, even as it’s clearly set in an imaginary world. So part of me wonders what child me would have done with the idea that Klaus’s version of Santa might not be our version of Santa, while part of me realizes I would likely have been sucked into the story as much as I was as an adult and not overthought the issue.
Because once I got past the fantasy world aspect, a place where postmen are well-trained and apparently venerated (by most people, not all) and where two feuding clans live in perpetual battle in an isolated icy town while a mysterious woodsman lives nearby with a house full of enchanting toys, I was completely charmed. The world-building is impressive, the plot is engrossing, and the characters easily capture readers’ hearts in spite of any flaws.
Protagonist Jesper starts out spoiled and doing the right things for obviously wrong reasons, but his character arc and his blooming friendship with Klaus make him a character to root for. And I love that this story is ultimately not just about Klaus or Christmas but ultimately about friendship—the ones that can grow between the feuding families, as well.
Not all of the animated Christmas movies I liked as a kid stand up to rewatching as an adult. Klaus hooked me first as an adult, and I can imagine myself watching it again and again.