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First trailer for Netflix’s Klaus reveals a lush, 2D-animated Santa origin story

The creator of Despicable Me swaps minions for mistletoe

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Klaus comes from the creator of Despicable Me, but instead of minions and evil scientists, the Netflix original focuses on the origin of Santa Claus.

A disgruntled postal worker named Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) finds himself stationed in a remote, frosty town in the Arctic Circle. The coldness isn’t just physical; the locals are frigid and unfriendly, something they seem to take pride in. Jesper’s about to give up, when he befriends toymaker Klaus (J.K. Simmons) and decides to spread the joy of toys.

Klaus marks a departure from the 3D CGI stylings of recent animated features, harkening back to an era of hand-drawn animation. The movie employs a hybrid of digital technology and traditional animation. Much like last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, it marks a new standard for what animated films can look like.

The film comes out in select theaters on Nov. 8, before bowing on Netflix on Nov. 15.

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