Writers (WGA): Chris Van Allsburg (book)
Robert Zemeckis (screenplay) ...
Release Date: 10 November 2004 (USA)
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy more
Tagline: Journey Beyond Your Imagination more
Plot: On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that\'s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus\'s home. full summary | full synopsis
Plot Keywords:Airplane | Toy Train | Disbelief | 3 Dimensional | Ghost
Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations more
Polar Express in 3D on DVD & Blu-Ray (From Ugo MovieBlog. 20 August 2008, 2:32 AM, PDT)
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Tom Hanks ... Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus
Leslie Zemeckis ... Sister Sarah / Mother
Eddie Deezen ... Know-It-All
Nona Gaye ... Hero Girl
Peter Scolari ... 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
Gregory Gast ... Waiter
Sean Scott ... Waiter
Gordon Hart ... Waiter
Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
Aspect Ratio: 2.00 : 1
Filming Locations: Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
Company: Castle Rock Entertainment
Trivia: The train set seen at the end is a recreation of the new Lionel Polar Express train set combined with the older Lionel Berkshire and the older tubular track.
Goofs: When the elves are first seen, there is an elf that is moving (translating) left to right in front of the train with all the others, but the elf\'s body is rigid and lifeless, like a toy being slid across the floor. Possibly the computer animation for moving the elf from left to right was correct, but the algorithm for animating the body motion (walking, swinging arms, etc.) was stopped.
The Conductor: Well, ya comin\'?
The Boy: Where?
The Conductor: To the North Pole, of course! This is the Polar Express!
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