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The Polar Express Details

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Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. A long-time fan of Van Allsburg's book, Hanks also helped produce the film. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Thom Best Sound Mixing 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Thom Best Sound Editing 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Silvestri Best Original Song 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Silvestri Best Song 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William B. Kaplan Best Sound Mixing 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis S. Sands Best Sound Mixing 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Johnson Best Sound Mixing 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Leonard Best Sound Editing 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Glen Ballard Best Original Song 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Glen Ballard Best Song 2004 Nominee

Cast

Tom Hanks
as Santa Claus
Tom Hanks
as Scrooge
Tom Hanks
as Hero Boy
Tom Hanks
as Father
Tom Hanks
as Conductor
Michael Jeter
as Steamer
Michael Jeter
as Smokey
Nona Gaye
as Hero Girl
Peter Scolari
as Lonely Boy
Charles Fleischer
as Elf General
Steven Tyler
as Elf Lieutenant
Steven Tyler
as Elf Singer
Leslie Zemeckis
as Sister Sarah
Leslie Zemeckis
as Mother
Daryl Sabara
as Hero Boy
André Sogliuzzo
as Steamer
André Sogliuzzo
as Smokey
Jimmy Bennett
as Lonely Boy
Isabella Peregrina
as Sister Sarah
Chris Coppola
as Toothless Boy
Eddie Deezen
as Know-it-All
Julene Renee
as Elf
Ed Gale
as Elf
Josh Hutcherson
as Hero Boy
Hayden McFarland
as Lonely Boy
Connor Matheus
as Toothless
Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak
as Know-it-All
Chantel Valdivieso
as Hero Girl
Andy Pellick
as Pastry Chef
Josh Eli
as Waiter
Gregory Gast
as Waiter
Gordon Hart
as Waiter
Phil Fondacaro
as Elf
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Elf
Mark Povinelli
as Elf
Chris Coppola
as Elf
Dante Pastula
as Little Boy
Eric Newton
as Acrobatic Elf
Aidan O'Shea
as Acrobatic Elf
Aaron Hendry
as Acrobatic Elf
Jena Carpenter
as Acrobatic Elf
Karine Mauffrey
as Acrobatic Elf
Beth Carpenter
as Acrobatic Elf
Bill Forchion
as Acrobatic Elf
Devin Henderson
as Acrobatic Elf
Sagiv Ben-Binyamin
as Acrobatic Elf
Ashly Holloway
as Sister Sarah
Evan Sabara
as Young Boy
Phil Fondacaro
as Elf
Devin Henderson
as Acrobatic Elf
Aaron Hendry
as Acrobatic Elf
Chantel Valdivieso
as Hero Girl
Eddie Deezen
as Know-it-All
Beth Carpenter
as Acrobatic Elf
Dante Pastula
as Little Boy
Gregory Gast
as Waiter
Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak
as Know-it-All
Ed Gale
as Elf
Gordon Hart
as Waiter
Ashly Holloway
as Sister Sarah
Eric Newton
as Acrobatic Elf
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Elf
Bill Forchion
as Acrobatic Elf
Jena Carpenter
as Acrobatic Elf
Josh Eli
as Waiter
Julene Renee
as Elf
Andy Pellick
as Pastry Chef
Sagiv Ben-Binyamin
as Acrobatic Elf
Aidan O'Shea
as Acrobatic Elf
Josh Hutcherson
as Hero Boy
Connor Matheus
as Toothless
Mark Povinelli
as Elf
Hayden McFarland
as Lonely Boy
Chris Coppola
as Toothless Boy
Chris Coppola
as Elf
Karine Mauffrey
as Acrobatic Elf

Crew

Robert Zemeckis
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Producer
Chris Juen
Producer
Gary Goetzman
Producer
Steve Starkey
Producer
William Teitler
Producer
Michelle Murdocca
Producer
Chris Van Allsburg
Book Author
Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter
William Broyles
Screenwriter
Don Burgess
Cinematographer
Robert Presley
Cinematographer
Alan Silvestri
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Silvestri
Songwriter
Glen Ballard
Composer (Music Score)
Glen Ballard
Songwriter
Tim Eaton
Editor
R. Orlando Duenas
Editor
James Andrykowski
Editor
Stephen M. Rickert Jr.
Editor
Jeremiah O'Driscoll
Editor
Rick Carter
Production Designer
Doug Chiang
Production Designer
James Hegedus
Art Director
Norman Newberry
Art Director
Martin A. Kline
Art Director
George Suhayda
Art Director
Tony Fanning
Art Director
Alicia MacCarone
Art Director
Steven J. Boyd
Co-producer
Debbie Denise
Associate Producer
Josh McLaglen
Associate Producer
Peter M. Tobyansen
Associate Producer
Tom Hanks
Executive Producer
Chris Van Allsburg
Executive Producer
Jack Rapke
Executive Producer
Kseniya Hoppe
Set Designer
Masako Masuda
Set Designer
Jeffrey Beck
Set Designer
Kenneth A. Larson
Set Designer
Cathy T. Marshall
Set Designer
Todd Cherniawsky
Set Designer
Smokey Stover
Set Designer
Jackson Bishop
Set Designer
Joanna Johnston
Costume Designer
Karen O'Hara
Set Decorator
Josh McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Jenny Fulle
Supervisor/Manager
Alberto Menache
Supervisor/Manager
Rob Bredow
Supervisor/Manager
Tim Sarnoff
Supervisor/Manager
Matt Davies
Animator
Andy Gauvreau
Animator
Vincent Serritella
Animator
Marc Horsfield
Animator
Aaron McComas
Animator
Keith Kellogg
Animator
Jeff Schu
Animator
Steven Ong
Animator
Kenn McDonald
Animator
Allen Ruilova
Animator
Cherie Rye
Animator
Richie Kawamoto
Coordinator
Diana Goodwin
Coordinator
Matthew Rugetti
Stunts
Mark Chadwick
Stunts
Dane Farwell
Stunts
Shane Habberstad
Stunts
John Carrafa
Choreography
Lisa Shriver
Choreography
Victoria Burrows
Casting
Jennifer Juen
Production Supervisor
Brian Magerkurth
Recording
Dennie Thorpe
Foley Artist
Alexander Kirst
Set Dresser
Marco Marenghi
Character Animation
Ellen Heuer
Foley Artist
Julie Shimer
Personal Assistant
Karen Westerfield
Makeup
John Goodson
Model Effects
Laura Barbera
Character Animation
David Saccheri
Matte Artist
Christopher Endicott
Character Animation
Gabriela Rios
Production Coordinator
Kurt Kaufman
Matte Artist
Michael Lantieri
Special Effects Coordinator
Craig Sost
Visual Effects Producer
Josh Einsohn
Casting Assistant
Bob Norin
Makeup
Scott Herbertson
Assistant Art Director
Cary Weitz
Boom Operator
John Villarino
Construction Coordinator
Graham Ready
Transportation Coordinator
Jonathan Null
Dialogue Editor
Stephen M. Rickert Jr.
Visual Effects
Les Major
Character Animation
Alex Olivares
First Assistant Editor
Andrew L. Jones
Assistant Art Director
Josh McLaglen
Unit Production Manager
Jana Vance
Foley Artist
Renato Dos Anjos
Character Animation
Larry Aube
Key Grip
Frank Rinella
Foley Mixer
Denis Samoilov
Character Animation
Thomas Esmeralda
Matte Artist
Kenn McDonald
Leadman
Stuart McCowan
Assistant Sound Editor
Ivo Horvat
Matte Artist
George Suhayda
Visual Effects
Luca Kouimelis
Script Supervisor
Sharon Felder
Personal Assistant
Carlos Pedroza
Layout
Sande Scoredos
Production Supervisor
David Colman
Character Design
Jacqueline Tager
Assistant Music Editor
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Susanne LaRiviere
First Assistant Accountant
Patrick Ballin
Assistant Visual Effects Editor
William B. Kaplan
Production Sound
Steven McGee
Chief Lighting Technician
Eric McLean
Matte Artist
Seth Hippen
Character Animation
Margaret Sigel
Personal Assistant
Ken Ralston
Visual Effects Supervisor
Robin Linn
Production Supervisor
Angie Wells
Makeup
Randy Cantor
Transportation Coordinator
Tom Sorem
Character Animation
Wolf-Rudiger Bloss
Character Animation
Keith Kellogg
Leadman
David Lucarelli
ADR Recordist
David Lensch
Recording
Jeff Schu
Leadman
Bill Myer
Makeup
Marc Gabbana
Matte Artist
Tory Haljun
Personal Assistant
Kelsey Clark
Personal Assistant
Larry Alicata
Driver
Bill Mather
Matte Artist
Ernie Millaponce
Painter (digital)
Derrick Quarles
Recording
Christopher Poplin
Leadman
Randy Thom
Re-Recording Mixer
Ken Karmen
Music Editor
Danielle Conroy
Production Supervisor
Wayne Parviainen
Driver
Dennis Leonard
Supervising Sound Editor
Tim Eaton
Visual Effects
Steve Starkey
Second Unit Director
Christopher Poplin
Layout
Tina Tseng
Production Accountant
Tom Johnson
Re-Recording Mixer
Nakoma Whobrey
Makeup
Randy Gaul
Matte Artist
Randy Cartwright
Character Animation
Steven Cueva
First Assistant Camera
Dean Wolcott
Model Effects
William Tessier
Character Animation
Sooki Raphael
Personal Assistant
Brian Schindler
Character Animation
Frank Bonniwell
Character Animation
Judith Bouley
Additional Casting
Andrea Fenton
Buyer
Rachel Phillips
Production Supervisor
David Schaub
Supervising Animator
Jessica Tate
Personal Assistant
Jessica Tate
Costume/Wardrobe
Allen Gonzales
Matte Artist
James Moorhead
Character Animation
Joanie Selden
Production Accountant
Vladimir Todorov
Character Design
Dane St. Clair
Production Supervisor
Craig Kohtala
Best Boy Grip
Jon Hooper
Character Animation
Scott Bruza
Set Dresser
Tony Willard
Best Boy Grip
John Perry Goldsmith
Assistant Art Director
Maureen Beatty
Storyboard
Ann Knight
Buyer
Aaron Becker
Matte Artist
Cinzia Zanetti
Makeup
Jeff Frost
Model Effects
Roger Vizard
Character Animation
Donna Cicatelli
Makeup
Tamara Johnston
Personal Assistant
Alice Kaiserian
Character Animation
Kelly Goldstein
Character Animation
Brian Flora
Matte Artist
Gregory Rocco
Assistant Properties
Dennis S. Sands
Re-Recording Mixer
Michael Kimmel
Character Animation
Paul A. DiCocco, Jr.
Driver
Scott Guitteau
Sound Effects Editor
James Crossley
Character Animation
Terry Haggar
Color Timing
Alfonso Alpuerto
Character Animation
Virginia Bowman
Production Supervisor
Jim Wallis
Assistant Art Director
Lisa Suzuki
Layout
Lisa Suzuki
Leadman
James Andrykowski
Visual Effects
Mike Stassi
Assistant Art Director
Steve Matson
Matte Artist
Dan Wawrzaszek
Character Animation
Michael Kiely
Character Animation
Daniel Kramer
Animation Effects
Tony Bohorquez
Model Effects
Cathy Deutmeyer
Production Supervisor
Rebekcah Martz
Script Supervisor
Francois Duhamel
Still Photographer
Nicole Herr
Character Animation
Keith Paciello
Character Animation
Jerome Chen
Visual Effects Supervisor
Dale Condit
Makeup
Martin A. Kline
Visual Effects
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