Nice Christmas movie for the youngsters.
Take the RRP with a pinch of salt. It is retaling at a maximum of £13.95 (that I can find). But it is out of stock/on order in most places. Nevertheless, this is still the cheapest available.
Director Robert Zemeckis revolutionised the art of animated film in 1998s 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 childrens 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 pyjamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks who starred in both Academy-Award winning films by Zemeckis (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 theyre sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santas 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.
Theatrical Trailer, You Look Familiar, A Genuine Ticket To Ride, True Aspirations An Authors Adventure, Josh Groban At The Greek, Behind The Scenes Of Believe, Meet The Snow Angles, Flurry Of Effects Easter Eggs, Polar Express Challenge Kid Game, CDROM Links
Running Time: 96 minutes
Production Year: 2004
Main Language: English