25 best animated Christmas movies and specials on Netflix

Klaus - Credit: Netflix
Klaus - Credit: Netflix /
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13. Klaus (2019)

Klaus is arguably one of the best-animated films available on Netflix and one of the most critically acclaimed holiday sagas to release in recent memory. This beautifully animated endeavor serves as a fun-filled riveting alternate origin story for Santa Claus set completely apart from Saint Nicholas of Myra’s historical take. The narrative takes place in a fictional 19th-century setting called Smeerenburg. The town’s new postman Jesper befriends the talented yet reclusive toymaker, Klaus. Together this unlikely duo will defy the odds by melting an age-old feud with their gifts and bring forth some wonderful holiday traditions. There is no shortage of laughs, thrills, and surprises through the films’ reasonable 90-minute runtime, making it the perfect Christmas movie for everyone to experience together this holiday season.

The Netflix original film has an incredibly impressive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, garnering significant praise from all the critics, and the movie beat Toy Story 4 for Best Animated Film of 2019 by Animation Magazine. The magnificent holiday-themed motion picture took home so many coveted accolades over awards season, including seven Annie Awards and the Best Animated Film honor from the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. Klaus is also the first Netflix animated film to be nominated or an Oscar. If all that doesn’t convince families to with this yuletide experience, then maybe its exceptional cast will do the rick consoling of J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, and Will Sasso, just to name a few.