“We need to show people that a true, selfless act always sparks another. ” – Klaus
Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A postman is send to the far reaches of the North to a town where a feud is raging between two clans and must find a way to revive the postal system while also helping stop this rivalry.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of and during a podcast on The LAMB, it was recommended by three of the other bloggers so I decided to give it a shot.
I immediately fell in love with the way that this story is told and I was entranced by the way that they take the story and themes that are so familiar to everyone about Christmas and try to find a way to explain things about how it all came about.
The film has a great voice cast and both Jason Schwartzman and Rashida Jones do nice jobs with their characters.
J.K. Simmons tho steals every scene he is in as the title character who must find a way to turn his own personal grief into something filled with joy and happiness and the process is great to watch unfold.
This is a movie that knows how to blend light and deep moments really well and that helps things so much in creating a very poignant story that has moments of laughter along the way.
This film gives the viewer the opportunity to get a much better understanding about the meaning of the holiday season and how important it is to be around those who we love and are loved by.
The animation style is quite unique and strange yet that allows for things to feel even fresher and it ultimately is able to add to the atmosphere of the story which in turn makes things even more enjoyable to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Such a great story that takes the story and themes that most people are familiar with regarding Christmas and tries to explain how it all came about. The voice cast is great with Schwartzman and Jones doing wonderful jobs with their characters. The standout tho is Simmons as the title character who must find a way to turn his own grief into job and happiness for all of those around him. The film is filled with some light moments that elicit laughter but the story is told so poignantly and allows for people to get a much better understanding of the meaning of the holiday season for family and loved ones. The animation style is a bit unique and strange but that actually adds to the atmosphere of this film which makes it so enjoyable to watch because it is such an original idea. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Sergio Pablos had wanted to do a traditionally animated feature film, but he wanted to see how the animation would have evolved without the switch to computer-generated animation. So the studio used CGI lighting techniques with hand-drawn animation to create a unique animation style for the story. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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