The Polar Express

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

Trivia: Whenever Hero Boy asks Hero Girl, "Are you sure?" some dramatic music is played. This is the same music that was used in the BTTF Trilogy whenever Marty Mcfly was called a chicken.

Trivia: The Polar Express is the very first feature film to be shot entirely in the new format of Performance Capture. The technique used in this film surpasses Motion Capture, in that Performance Capture has the ability to offer true human emotions and natural facial expressions with clear and precise detail. As many as 150 reflective jewels were adhered onto the actors' faces, including eyelids, brows, upper and lower lips, chin line and cheeks, which took nearly two hours to achieve. With this technique, Tom Hanks is able to portray five key characters in this film, which was in production for over two and a half years.

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Trivia: While Smokey and Steamer are floating in the engine cabin while trying to capture the cotter pin, the Flux Capacitor from Back to the Future can be seen flickering to the left. This was deliberately added as an in-joke, because both were directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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Trivia: Near the end, when a music band of elves is playing music, the lead singer is a cameo of Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith.

Factual error: When hero boy and girl and Billy are on the runaway car at the north pole, they crash into the stopper at the end of the tracks. They are flung backwards when in reality, due to inertia, they should have been flung forward into the guard rail.

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Conductor: One thing about trains - it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on.

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

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

Answer: Violin.

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