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.
|Release Date||:||November 10, 2004|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy|
|Production Company||:||Golden Mean, Playtone, ImageMovers|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Robert Zemeckis, Juan Gonzalez, Luca Kouimelis, Josh McLaglen, Rick Kelly, Fernando Benítez, Corey Hels, Maksymillian Naporowski, Carlos Pedroza, Joseph Thomas|
|Writers||:||Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr., Chris van Allsburg, Maureen Beatty, Enfys Dickinson|
|Casts||:||Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Eddie Deezen, Leslie Zemeckis, Steven Tyler, Julene Renee, Chris Coppola, Charles Fleischer, Daryl Sabara, Josh Hutcherson, Isabella Peregrina, Ashly Holloway, Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak, Tinashe Kachingwe, Chantel Valdivieso, Chantel Valdivieso, Meagan Moore, Jimmy Bennett, Hayden McFarland, Matthew Hall, Dylan Cash, André Sogliuzzo|
|Plot Keywords||:||santa claus, nerd, faith, gift, bell, beard, north pole, chute, trestle, ticket, christmas|
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.