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The Polar Express (2004)
Animation,Adventure,Family,Fantasy,Musical
USA / English
"Journey Beyond Your Imagination "
On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home.
Tom Hanks Hero Boy/Father/Conductor/Hobo/Scrooge/Santa Claus
Leslie Harter Zemeckis Sister Sarah/Mother (as Leslie Zemeckis)
Eddie Deezen Know-It-All
Nona Gaye Hero Girl
Peter Scolari Lonely Boy
Brendan King Pastry Chef
Andy Pellick Pastry Chef
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak Know-It-All
Josh Eli Waiter
Mark Mendonca Waiter
Rolandas Hendricks Waiter
Mark Goodman Waiter
Jon Scott Waiter
Gregory Gast Waiter
Sean Scott Waiter
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Producer: Gary Goetzman,Steve Starkey,William Teitler,Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Chris Van Allsburg,Robert Zemeckis
Will Become A Christmas Classic
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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Imdb rating: 6.7
Musician: Alan Silvestri
Running time: 99 min
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Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]; Stereo [English]
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