Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy |
Runtime: 96 min
Director: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López
Starring: Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Joan Cusack
When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones) and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbours, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care.
A DEEPER UNDERSTANDABLE ORIGIN FOR SANTA
It’s safe to say that Netflix has had the ambition to become a monopoly in getting the entertainment first-hand in online streaming. With a combination of hand-drawn animation and computer-generated imagery, it solidifies to be a beautiful canvas of character and sprawling environment that makes your head spin.
This is the story of postman Jesper, that, after lived a luxury life, he’s sent to a distant Norweigan-type island to work instead. And there’ll he spends a year with the residents. At first, it tries to accumulate that fact that something is intriguing between the two households, that have been fighting each other for generations. But as Jesper meet Klaus, he makes changes, and everything doesn’t always go with the plan. On occasions, the children look up to Klaus that delivers toy for them. It’s intended to be an original story for Santa Claus.
The animation is beautiful and mesmerizing to watch. The characters are being developed at the end and handle a real-life problem with a slight of comedy. Jesper and his friends feel genuine in terms of what they’re doing. The reason for Jesper to travel to this island is somewhat weak as he doesn’t really spend that much time at home before traveling. Therefore, the contrast is applied weak and doesn’t contribute much to the story.
Jesper and Alva have a nice relationship whereas Alva has a dream she wants to follow, and Jesper is just tired and want to get through this. He’s selfish in the beginning and doing it all by himself. He just wants to get this over with. Alva has a dream to flee the island, to accomplish things, but she chooses a different path.
J.K Simmons who voices Klaus is probably the best character there is. He has a good background story that makes you emotionally invested. He’s easy to like and connect with, to make him understandable as his background is somewhat sad for a children’s movie. Even though he’s given the movie a deeper meaning. His relationship to Jesper gives it a smart relationship, a visible contrast between them.
The families, Ellingboe and Krum, plays an antagonistic part in the story. They don’t like traditions broken and has fought each other for generations to the point where no one knows why it started. They share a common interest and attacks Jesper and his friends whenever needed but feels overused at some point. They’re only there to show the differences from beginning to end.
There is so much interesting and the premises for this film is so clear, which makes it so good. As said before, the animation and the characters are top-notch and provide a different touch of animation. A feel-good comedy about Christmas spirit, and the value of trust and good friendship.