The Polar Express

Continuity mistake: 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.

Paul M Leslie

Continuity mistake: When the boy runs out of his house, as the train is arriving, they make a point of showing his footprints in the snow along with his sliding leaving long marks. However, when they pan back it is his footprints that are gone.

Boobra

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

Trivia: The ticket that gets lost often times floats almost exactly like the feather does in the beginning of "Forrest Gump" (1994), another Robert Zemeckis-Tom Hanks film.

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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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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.

Conductor: Sometimes seeing is believing. And sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.

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


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".

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