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The Polar Express

Year:
Duration:
100 min
Genres:
Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
6.6
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2004-11-10
Filming Locations: Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $165,000,000
Opening Weekend: $40,428 (USA) (23 November 2008)
Gross: $451,442 (USA) (16 December 2012)
Cast
Actor
Character
André Sogliuzzo
André Sogliuzzo
The Polar Express
Jimmy Bennett
Jimmy Bennett
The Polar Express
Tom Hanks
Hero Boy
Leslie Zemeckis
Sister Sarah
Eddie Deezen
Know-It-All
Nona Gaye
Hero Girl
Peter Scolari
Billy - Lonely Boy
Brendan King
Pastry Chef
Andy Pellick
Pastry Chef
Josh Eli
Waiter
Mark Mendonca
Waiter
Rolandas Hendricks
Waiter
Mark Goodman
Waiter
Jon Scott
Waiter
Gregory Gast
Waiter
Sean Scott
Waiter
Gordon Hart
Waiter
Michael Jeter
Smokey
Chris Coppola
Toothless Boy
Julene Renee
Red Head Girl
Charles Fleischer
Elf General
Steven Tyler
Elf Lieutenant / Elf Singer
Phil Fondacaro
Elf
Debbie Lee Carrington
Elf
Mark Povinelli
Elf
Ed Gale
Elf
Dante Pastula
Little Boy
Daryl Sabara
Hero Boy
Isabella Peregrina
Sister Sarah
Eric Newton
Acrobatic Elf
Aidan O'Shea
Acrobatic Elf
Aaron Hendry
Acrobatic Elf
Kevin C. Carr
Acrobatic Elf
Bee Jay Joyer
Acrobatic Elf
Jena Carpenter
Acrobatic Elf
Karine Mauffrey
Acrobatic Elf
Elisabeth P. Carpenter
Acrobatic Elf (as Beth Carpenter)
Bill Forchion
Acrobatic Elf
Devin Henderson
Acrobatic Elf
Sagiv Ben-Binyamin
Acrobatic Elf
Josh Hutcherson
Hero Boy
Ashly Holloway
Sister Sarah
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
Know-It-All
Chantel Valdivieso
Hero Girl
Hayden McFarland
Lonely Boy
Connor Matheus
Toothless Boy
Evan Sabara
Young Boy
Dylan Cash
Boy
Patrick Stogner
Cody Klop
Additional voices (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
The visuals for North Pole City are based on the architecture of the Pullman plant (the company that made railroad cars) in Chicago, IL, near the childhood home of Robert Zemeckis in the Roseland neighborhood. The clock tower that Santa comes out of is based on the Pullman factory clock tower and many of the other buildings are based on Pullman's unique architecture.
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The lonely boy is played by Peter Scolari, who starred alongside Tom Hanks (the Conductor) in Bosom Buddies (1980). It was the first significant role for both actors.
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Michael Jeter's last movie.
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Goofs
The number of children standing on the square at the North Pole keeps changing.
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All the characters when they ring the bell hold it by the bell instead of the ribbons. The bell will not ring if this is done.
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The Engineer is commanded by the Conductor on the ice using "Left full!" and "Right full!" in order to steer it toward the tracks. In reality and as can be seen when the ticket is blown under the engine, the drive wheels of the locomotive are connected by thick, solid axles, which though they can move forward and backward, would not allow the train to turn left and right like the Polar Express was able to do.
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Quotes
The Conductor: Well, ya comin'?
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Hobo: One more thing... do you believe in ghosts?
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The Conductor: Caribou Crossing?
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Faq
Q
What are the various formats on DVD?
A
The Polar Express was released on November 22nd, 2005 nearly a year after its theatrical release. It was available on a single-disc DVD (widescreen and full screen) , & 2-disc special edition DVD. On October 28th, 2008, it was re-released in 3-D on both standard & Blu-ray Disc. Both 3-D versions include 2 pairs (4 each) of glasses. There is also a regular 2-D version of the movie on Blu-ray Disc.
Q
Why are there two actors for each of the major children's parts?
A
The film was done in all Digital Capture so they had one actor/actress who acted out their character for the Digital Capture and then one actor/actress who voiced the character.
Q
What is the name of the instrument the Hobo is playing on the roof of the train?
A
The name of the instrument is called a Hurdy Gurdy.
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Photos from cast
André Sogliuzzo Jimmy Bennett
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