Surprise! Netflix just dropped the trailer for its first all-original animated feature, Klaus, which will open in selected theaters on November 8 before debuting on the streaming platform on November 15th. Watch the trailer below:
Director Sergio Pablos hinted at the launching last June during an Annecy Festival presentation. Pablos, a respected animator himself, was hands-on with the character design. The animated holiday tale’s amazing visuals were created using a groundbreaking lighting and rendering pipeline applied to, get this, hand-drawn animation. Pablos also co-wrote the screenplay along with Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney.
Klaus tells the story of Jesper, a postal academy student stationed on Smeerensburg, a gloomy island above the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, the locals rarely ever exchange words let alone letters. Jesper was just about to give up when he struck an unlikely friendship with Alva, a teacher, and Klaus, a carpenter who lives in a cabin full of handcrafted toys. Their friendship brought warmth and laughter back to Smeerensburg and its residents.
The animated movie stars Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Norm MacDonald, Rashida Jones, Joan Cusack, and Will Sasso.