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The Polar Express (2004)

A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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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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This Holiday Season... Believe. See more »


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Release Date:

10 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$936,542 (Australia) (19 November 2004)

Gross:

$183,373,735 (USA)
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 oversized props to get the movement right. See more »

Goofs

When the Hobo is talking to the Hero Boy about belief in Santa Claus, he tells him that he doesn't want to be led up the "primrose path," as if meaning that he does not want to be deceived. Being led up the "primrose path" denotes a life of luxury, while being led up the "garden path" suggests being purposely led astray. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: The Grinch (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Engaging and Full of Christmas Spirit
19 October 2006 | by (Western Washington) – See all my reviews

This film was a glorious explosion of the hope and Wonder that fills the memories of the Christmas of Olde. It was a well-detailed, innovative, thought-provoking piece that reminded me of the magnificence of belief in childhood ideals.

The characters were well-fleshed-out and very easy to "know". The animation was amazingly detailed and very life-like. The musical numbers and side pieces (especially on the train roof) brought some very effective morality and life lessons to the superb computer animation, giving it that "touch" of humanity.

We all need to hold a piece of the fragile innocence rekindled in this film near to our hearts and spread that unbridled, child-like joy in the simple things in life to remind us of the good we all carry within us.


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