Over in France we’re half way through this years Annecy Animation Film Festival. Its also where Netflix have picked up their first animated ‘Netflix Originals‘ feature, Klaus.
The movie is a passion project for Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, who first came up with the idea for it in 2010.
Klaus was produced entirely in Madrid, Spain with a very international crew comprised of some of the most talented hand drawn artists from all over the world.
The film introduces a unique animation style which blends traditional hand drawn animation techniques with cutting edge technology.
So what’s Klaus all about? Here’s the lowdown…
A young, Scandinavian postman named Jesper gets the chance to make his mark when he’s tasked with bringing the postal service to a contentious village in the cold north, where he meets a mysterious, white-bearded toymaker named Klaus.
The film is still work in progress, but the Streaming giants used the leading animation film festival as a platform to showcase early footage. Sergio Pablos was on hand to present the footage and share his thoughts to the audience.
The scenes show a young snowy Scandinavia to open a post office. Production designer Szymon Aleksander Biernacki calling it “a corrupted version of an Icelandic village on steroids.” That plays into the notion of Breaking Bad and Apocalypse Now influencing the film especially in new techniques.
Jason Schwartzman will voice Jesper with our titular character voiced by J.K. Simmons , Rashida Jones (Alva), Joan Cusack (Mrs. Krum), Norm Macdonald (Mogens), Will Sasso (Mr. Ellingboe) making up the rest of the main voice cast.
Klaus is set for an Festive season release date, actual date not confirmed but expect it close to Christmas this year.Powered by Sidelines