On a weekend, KLAUS could keep kids 11 and younger happily occupied. Grown-ups will know immediately that the frigid remote town will come to hold a warm place in Jesper's heart. As this is pitched to us as holiday entertainment, I wish there was more of a Christmas vibe in this feature. It's 40 minutes before you get that little kids and Christmas gifts feeling. Up until that point, it plays mostly like a snarky dude who gets sent to a bleak, wintry location for a new job. I know they are shorter in length and were TV productions, but think of Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and the Rankin/Bass RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. They didn't dawdle letting us know that Christmas was the big event in the story. Even if Lucy did get a little grinch-like when Charlie Brown was assigned to direct that school Christmas play, even if the tree he picked out was not a lush Douglas fir, the main focus was still the joy of Christmas.
Overall, if you need to keep youngsters occupied for 90 minutes while you get some work done around the house over the weekend, KLAUS on Netflix feature can do the trick. If they haven't seen those three retro TV specials I mentioned, definitely show them to the kids also.
Merry Christmas! Mail someone a Christmas card.