Movies for Christmas: The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a 2004 beautifully animated movie who stars Tom Hanks as the train conductor (and six other distinct characters). The story basically follows Billy who gets the opportunity to go and visit Santa’s workshop. It’s about bringing the magic back to Christmas and to believe again.
Short synopsis: 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. (Source: IMDB – Written by Anthony Pereyra)
Fun facts: Tom Hanks voiced the boy, the father, the conductor, the hobo, Santa, and the narrator.
Another fun fact – 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.
Listen to the beautiful title song by Josh Groban, Believe: