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The Polar Express [2004] (1 disc)
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Director:Robert Zemeckis
Writer:Robert Zemeckis
William Broyles Jr.
Composer:Alan Silvestri
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:56%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • CG
  • Drama
  • Family
  • Action
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Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home.


Reaction: Cute and full of holiday cheer, but at times the CG characters are a little bit creepy and there are some weak story points here, but it has a charm that works for it.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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Robert Zemeckis => Director / Writer
William Broyles Jr. => Writer
Alan Silvestri => Composer
Chris Van Allsburg => Book
André Sogliuzzo => Steamer (voice) / Smokey
Andy Pellick => Pastry Chef
Ashly Holloway => Sister Sarah
Chantel Valdivieso => Hero Girl
Charles Fleischer => Elf General
Chris Coppola => Elf / Toothless Boy
Connor Matheus => Toothless Boy
Dante Pastula => Little Boy
Daryl Sabara => Hero Boy (voice)
Debbie Lee Carrington => Elf
Ed Gale => Elf
Eddie Deezen => Know-It-All
Evan Sabara => Young Boy
Hayden McFarland => Lonely Boy
Isabella Peregrina => Sister Sarah (voice)
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak => Know-It-All
Jimmy Bennett => Lonely Boy (voice)
Josh Hutcherson => Hero Boy
Julene Renee => Red Head Girl / Elf
Leslie Zemeckis => Mother / Sister Sarah
Mark Povinelli => Elf
Michael Jeter => Smokey / Steamer
Nona Gaye => Hero Girl
Peter Scolari => Lonely Boy
Phil Fondacaro => Elf
Steven Tyler => Elf Singer / Elf Lieutenant
Tom Hanks => Hobo / Conductor / Father / Hero Boy / Scrooge /Santa Claus

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Michael Jeter's last movie.
  • A close examination of all the ticket numbers reveals that they all contain the number "1225" in them. Pere Marquette No. 1225 was used as a model for the Polar Express locomotive. 12-25 also refers to the date of Christmas - December 25th.
  • The film used 3D motion capture techniques to digitally record the physical performances of the actors before "skinning" them with their animated forms. All the children's roles were acted by adults using over-sized props to get the movement right.
  • Listed in the Guiness Book of World Records 2006 as the "first all-digital capture" film, where all acted parts were done in digital capture.
  • The real name of the Hero Boy is never mentioned.
  • The first feature-length film to be released in both 35 mm and IMAX 3D.
  • The first animated film to use performance capture technology.
  • Santa's reflection can be seen in the sleigh bell for just a few seconds, when it is shown in close-up, after Hero Boy places the bell on the table, at the film's end.