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‘Klaus’ Set for Netflix Release in 2019

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Santa Claus is comin’ to town. The animated film Klaus has just been picked up for worldwide distribution by Netflix and is set for release in late 2019.

Klaus, which tells the story of “a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus,” has been in development for years now and is notable for combining traditional and contemporary animation techniques—the result, as you can see in the teaser below, is stunning.

The film marks the directorial debut of Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, whose animation studio, the SPA Studios, is co-producing the film with Atresmedia Cine. It boasts an impressive cast with the likes of Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack—none of these actors are strangers to animation, and their involvement only adds to the promise of the film for me.

I’m happy to hear that the film is still being made and has been picked up for distribution, but the traditionalist in me wishes that it were being released theatrically instead of on Netflix. I absolutely love Christmas, and I feel like there are simply not enough quality holiday films being made now (or ever). Netflix is, of course, a very popular platform right now, but there’s so much content being produced for streaming services that I worry that something like Klaus could end up just getting lost in the shuffle of more mediocre animated films.

We’re still roughly two years out, so it’s possible that plans will change and Klaus will be released theatrically after all, but as of now, expect to see it emerge on Netflix in time for Christmas in 2019.

Are you excited to see Klaus? Do you wish you could see it on the big screen, or are you happy watching it at home? Let us know-ho-ho in the comments!

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Angelo Thomas

Angelo Thomas is a writer, director, and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to writing for Rotoscopers, he writes for The Royal Blog of Oz and guest hosts The Royal Podcast of Oz. Angelo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently studying Film & Video in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he has also worked as an assistant in Marketing & Communications. His favorite film of all time is The Wizard of Oz, which has influenced much of his personal and professional work. In terms of his love for animation, Tangled and Frozen aren't just great animated films in his opinion — they're some of the best films ever made. Angelo is always prepared to give and defend his opinions when it comes to film and animation, which he often does on social media. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr @imangelothomas.
  • I was wondering what had happened to this one. Looking forward to seeing it.

  • Dante Panora

    For a project like this I imagine netflix would take great care to properly promote it to get Their money’s worth. Plus, I feel as though a film like this is too unique to just be lost in the shuffle. It’s a traditionally animated film made in (or for at least) America with such a unique but charming look. It will definitely sure it will make rounds with animation fans, and I’m optimistic with plenty of other viewers as well.

  • Jeremiah

    Indeedy, tooo bad they couldn’t get it into theaters. It looks like it really deserves the big screen. But at least we finally get to see it. Who knows, maybe we have another Arthur Christmas on our hands.

  • Frank Coufal

    As much as I’m glad that a major company is giving Klaus a chance, I do wish it was released to theaters. I’d pay my money to see it on the big screen.

  • Katie

    Looks absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to see it!