The book, The Polar Express, was written in 1986 and is a winner of the Caldecott Medal for children’s books. But the book was adapted into a movie until 2004. Never having read the book, nor watched the entire movie, I know this one that my children recommended for the 12 Movies of Christmas, so today I bring you, The Polar Express.
On Christmas Eve, a young boy lays in bed trying to hear Santa’s sleigh bells. Earlier a kid told him that Santa didn’t exist, and he wanted to find out for sure. But instead of bells, he hears instead, a train. But not just any train, it is The Polar Express.
The boy climbs aboard and sees other children also in pajamas, slippers, and bathrobes, traveling to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. The night becomes more and more magical, and when he finally meets Santa, he is chosen to receive the first gift. He can choose anything he would like but stated he would like one of Santa’s bells.
Santa complied and cut a bell from the reindeer harness and handed it over. Placing the bell in his pocket, he and his friends from the train board to go back home. However, before stepping onto the train, he realizes he lost the bell by a hole in his pocket. With nothing to be done, he boards and goes home.
No spoilers from me, so you will have to watch the movie with your family to find out what happens at the end.
The Polar Express stars the voice talents of:
- Tom Hanks – Hero Boy/Father/Conductor/Hobo/Scrooge/Santa Claus
- Chris Coppola – Toothless Boy
- Michael Jeter – Smokey
- Leslie Zemeckis – Sister Sarah
- Eddie Deezen – Know-It-All
- Peter Scolari – Lonely Boy
- Nona Gaye – Hero Girl
Enjoy the movie, and the magic it creates!