Netflix delivered larger-than-life presents to celebrate both World Kindness Day and the premiere of its new holiday movie, Klaus. Now, the film is heading to the Oscars on Sunday, where it’s nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Haven’t seen it? Klaus relays a heartwarming new take on the legend of Santa Claus and is now available to stream. Here’s a glimpse at what awaits viewers.
The Story of Klaus
The film opens on an unenthusiastic postal carrier, Jesper. His poor performance and results lead to Jesper being stationed on Smeerensburg, a frozen island above the Arctic Circle. Jesper can only leave the island once he’s delivered 6,000 letters in a year. Sadly, the town’s locals are hostile — not exchanging spoken words nor written letters.
Jesper’s hopes are dimmed until he meets teacher Alva and mysterious carpenter Klaus. Their unexpected friendship brings laughter back to Smeerensburg, and inspires new holiday traditions: generous and giving neighbors, magical lore and stockings on the chimney.
Netflix Klaus — November 13 Celebrations
Netflix’s real-life celebrations are a collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS), the nation’s largest mentoring charity. On the agenda: spreading kindness ahead of the holiday season.
Netflix fulfilled thousands of holiday wishlists written by BBBS’ children (“Littles”) in a “Letters to Klaus” initiative. In each city, giant gifts were opened, all containing presents benefiting the local community. Event-goers took part in special gift wrapping and letter writing stations, perfect for the holiday season.
Check out the trailer for Klaus down below. Then cheer the film on during the Oscars!