|Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children''s author Chris Van Allsburg''s modern holiday classic of the same name, "The Polar Express" revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family''s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. |
This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train''s conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy''s crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. A long-time fan of Van Allsburg''s book, Hanks also helped produce the film. This special Gift Set Edition includes a Polar Express Snowglobe and toy train.
Editor's NoteDirector Robert Zemeckis revolutionized the art of animated film in 1998's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT by dropping cartoon characters into the same frame with flesh-and-blood actors. In THE POLAR EXPRESS, live action and animation have merged seamlessly, resulting in sparkling super-realism. A landmark technique Zemeckis and his Sony Pictures Imageworks team call "Performance Capture" perfectly suits the tenor of this wondrous children's Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg. A disillusioned little boy, just old enough to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, has the adventure of a lifetime one fateful Christmas Eve. Clad in his pajamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks who starred in both of Zemeckis's Academy-Award winning films FORREST GUMP and CASTAWAY). Among myriad jaw-dropping moments, the train plummets brakeless through crystalline mountains in a simulated roller coaster ride. Going off the rails, skidding sideways, and snaking violently across a frozen lake, the train arrives at the North Pole (a vast, glowing city of brick buildings). At that moment, the car carrying the kids detaches and they're sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santa's Workshop. With its fascinating tale and impressive technical frolics, THE POLAR EXPRESS is destined to become both a holiday classic and a new turning point in the art of animated cinema.
Cast & Crew
|Doug Chiang - Production Designer|
|William Teitler - Producer|
|Rick Carter - Production Designer|
|Glen Ballard - Music Supervisor|
|Jeremiah O'Driscoll - Editor|
|Don Burgess - Director of Photography|
|Joanna Johnston - Costume Designer|
|Alan Silvestri - Composer|
|William Broyles Jr. - Screenwriter|
|R. Orlando Duenas - Editor|
|Jack Rapke - Executive Producer|
|Robert Zemeckis - Screenwriter|
|Robert Zemeckis - Producer|
|Gary Goetzman - Producer|
|Steve Starkey - Producer|
|Robert Zemeckis - Director|
Customer Reviews of Polar Express
This movie was beautifully done. The animation was spectacular and breath taking. I was amazed with how much detail was put into children's animation film. I was glad to see one of my favorite child hood stories come to life in such a brilliant way. I highly recommend this movie.
cute movie, the snow globe and train that came with it were nice. My daughter loved it.
Great product & excellent quality9/11/2008
We had an excellent experience with this transaction. It was exactly as described, arrived promptly, and a good price. We will definitely do business again.