The story of The Polar Express is one that all of us have lived through on some level. What about Santa Claus? What about Christmas? For those seeking deep spiritual truths of the real St. Nicholas or the story of the Christ Child, you won't find those in this story. But if you are looking for innocence and a reason to believe, not just in Christmas but in the “spirit of Christmas” that lives in each of us, you will be pleasantly surprised.

(2004) Film Review

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This page was last updated on December 29, 2004


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Review by Mike Furches
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CREDITS

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Book by Chris Van Allsburg (book)
Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis & William Broyles Jr.

Cast (in credits order)
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

Produced by
Steven Boyd .... co-producer
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Tom Hanks .... executive producer
Josh McLaglen .... associate producer
Jack Rapke .... executive producer
Steve Starkey .... producer
William Teitler .... producer
Peter M. Tobyansen .... associate producer
Chris Van Allsburg .... executive producer
Robert Zemeckis .... producer

Original Music by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Cinematography by Don Burgess and Robert Presley
Film Editing by R. Orlando Duenas and Jeremiah O'Driscoll


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TRAILERS AND CLIPS
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The Polar Express
Various Artists - Soundtrack - 2004

1. The Polar Express -- Tom Hanks ListenMusic ListenMusic
2. When Christmas Comes To Town -- Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore ListenMusic ListenMusic
3. Rockin' On Top of the World -- Steven Tyler ListenMusic ListenMusic
4. Believe -- Josh Groban ListenMusic ListenMusic
5. Hot Chocolate -- Tom Hanks ListenMusic ListenMusic
6. Spirit of the Season -- Alan Silvestri ListenMusic ListenMusic
7. Seeing is Believing -- Alan Silvestri ListenMusic ListenMusic
8. Santa Claus is Comin' To Town -- Frank Sinatra ListenMusic ListenMusic
9. White Christmas -- Bing Crosby ListenMusic ListenMusic
10. Winter Wonderland -- The Andrews Sisters ListenMusic ListenMusic
11. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas -- Perry Como ListenMusic ListenMusic
12. Silver Bells -- Kate Smith ListenMusic ListenMusic
13. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Claus Lane) -- Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters ListenMusic ListenMusic
14. Suite From the Polar Express -- Alan Silvestri ListenMusic ListenMusic
BOOK
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg

One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children's book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he's produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder.
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SYNOPSIS
A young boy lies awake in his room one snowy Christmas Eve, excited and alert.

Breathing silently. Hardly moving. Waiting.

He’s listening for a sound he’s afraid that he might never hear – the ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.

The time is five minutes to midnight.

Suddenly, the boy is startled by a thunderous roar. Clearing the mist from his window he sees the most amazing sight – a gleaming black train rumbles to a stop right in front of his house, the steam from its powerful engine hissing through the night sky and the softly falling snowflakes.

The boy rushes outside, clad only in his pajamas and slippers, and is met by the train’s conductor who seems to be waiting just for him. “Well, are you coming?” the conductor asks.

“Where?”

“Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is the Polar Express!”

This holiday season the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Combining classic storytelling with cutting-edge filmmaking, The Polar Express debuts a highly advanced version of motion capture technology developed and tailored to meet Zemeckis’ uncompromising vision and is the first feature ever to be shot entirely in this format.

Click to go to Mike's BlogReview by MIKE FURCHES BLOG

Click to enlargeThe popular 1986 Caldecott Medal Award winning story by Chris Van Allsburg has finally made it to the silver screen. Not only has it made it to the screen, it has chugged in with a velocity only those familiar with the story can understand. Robert Zemeckis again teams up with Tom Hanks to bring to the silver screen magic: not just magic in story, but magic in style.

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