Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to new animated feature film Klaus, which will bow on the streamer during the 2019 holiday season. Klaus marks the directorial debut of Sergio Pablos, who wrote and co-created Despicable Me.
Currently in production in Madrid, the Christmas family comedy will follow a desperate postman who accidentally brings about the creation of Santa Claus. It is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney. Actors Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack all voice characters in the film.
Pablos’ animation studio SPA Studios and Atresmedia Cine are co-producing Klaus, with Jinko Gotoh (The LEGO movie Sequel, Finding Nemo) serving as executive producer. The movie uses a combination of traditional and modern animation techniques including complex, interactive lighting and the use of advanced texturing capabilities. Toon Boom Harmony will be providing strategic technological support.
Last week, Amazon Prime Studios announced its holiday lineup with two new original specials Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm and Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year. PBS Kids followed by releasing a line-up of special holiday episodes of its popular shows including Splash and Bubbles.