The Polar Express

Question: What kind of instrument was the bum playing when we first meet him?

Chosen answer: The instrument is called a Hurdy-Gurdy. It is a type of wound string instrument.

Answer: Violin.

Question: When the boy enters the train car the other kids are heard singing the polar express song. How could they have learned it?

Chosen answer: They likely were taught it before the boy boarded the train. We should assume that the same magic making the train appear without being seen by others and to travel to the North Pole is also at work here, perhaps allowing the children to be able to learn the song quickly.

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Question: In the scene at the end where the conductor is finishing stamping everyone's ticket (e.g. know-it-all got 'learn', girl got 'lead', etc), what was on Hero Boy's ticket? I didn't watch the English version and the conductor said not to say it out loud.

Chosen answer: It says "Believe".

Question: How come the conductor and the hero girl walk on the roof of the train headed towards the front when they could have walked through it, the way they did coming back with the hero boy?

Chosen answer: Cinematically, it made for more excitement. Walking to and from the engine through the train is, let's face it, boring.

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Question: When Hero Boy gets back from the toy room in the train, what were all the kids shouting?

Chosen answer: After "Hero Boy" gets back into the train the kids are all laughing and spouting gibberish. This is often done in post-production when backround noise or talking is necessary. They aren't saying or shouting anything in paticular, just a bunch of kids jabbering on about nothing. I listened to that section three times and it's just gibberish.

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Question: So if you can't hear the bell you don't believe in Santa, therefore if the parents can't hear (ie. don't believe) and Santa brought the presents who do they think bought them?

Chosen answer: Each likely assumes the other (or another relative) brought them.

Jason Hoffman

Question: When the boy trips on the ball, what's the thing that it hits?

Answer: It looks like a hubcap.

Question: Why does Hero Boy imagine Lonely Boy?

Chosen answer: Hero Boy isn't imagining Lonely Boy. He is a real character that interacts with Hero Boy, Hero Girl, the Conductor and the elves at the North Pole.

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Quotes

Hero Boy: At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. And though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

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Mistakes

During the scene when the Polar Express slides across the ice and the conductor is telling the train controllers to head for the tracks, the distance between the train and the tracks keeps changing.

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Trivia

The voices of Hero Boy's mother and sister are director Robert Zemeckis' wife, Leslie.

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