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

Crew

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