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The Polar Express (2004)

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On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus
... Sister Sarah / Mother
... Know-It-All
... Hero Girl (voice)
... Billy - Lonely Boy
Brendan King ... Pastry Chef
Andy Pellick ... Pastry Chef
Josh Eli ... Waiter
Mark Mendonca ... Waiter
Rolandas Hendricks ... Waiter
Mark Goodman ... Waiter
Jon Scott ... Waiter
... Waiter
Sean Scott ... Waiter
... Waiter
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Storyline

This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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10 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,323,463, 14 November 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$183,373,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$307,514,317
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film is listed in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records as the "first all-digital capture" film, where all acted parts were done in digital capture. See more »

Goofs

When the bungee elves deploy, they catch up to the falling Christmas tree star. This would not be possible as everything falls at the same rate of speed. Possible explanation: The star is large in surface-area and lightweight for its overall size, and so maybe the implication is that it would fall in a sort of "aerodynamic meander" like an oak leaf's arrested downward travel in a lazy swaying motion through still air. The bungee elves would have less surface-area-to-weight ratios, however, and so they would indeed fall straight down at a fast rate. See more »

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[first lines]
Hero Boy: On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end, it reads "In Dedication to Michael Jeter" with a picture. See more »

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Featured in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

When Christmas Comes to Town
Written and Produced by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Matt Hall and Meagan Moore
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Will Become A Christmas Classic
20 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that I adored 'The Polar Express'. It was just the sort of film I needed to truly get me into the Christmas mood. The story revolves around a young boy, who is coming to an age where he is doubting Santa Claus' existence, until the Polar Express- a magical train destined for the North Pole- takes him and a group of other young children on a journey to Santa and to reaffirm their faith in Christmas.

I had reservations about the use of CGI animation since I felt it really only worked for stories about cute animals but having seen the film, the CGI was the best way to capture the spirit of the film. It really wouldn't have worked as well in live action, the sense of other-worldly magic would have been lost. And as it was, the artwork was beautiful, especially the snowy mountainous scenery that the train passes through.

This film took me back to my childhood and that tingly-feeling every child gets on Christmas Eve in anticipation of Santa's visit. The story was sweet and innocent without being nauseating, and I think every one of us can empathise with the boy who wants to believe in Santa but is growing away from the innocence of early childhood and faith in magic. Much like Raymond Briggs' 'The Snowman', I predict 'The Polar Express' will go down as a Christmas classic. It certainly makes a pleasant change that this year's Christmas film was actually about Christmas and I hope they make the re-release of this film an annual Christmas event.


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