Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

“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. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” 

Release Date: November 10, 2004
Release Time: 100 minutes

Tom Hanks - Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus
Leslie Zemeckis - Sister Sarah / Mother
Eddie Deezen - Know-It-All
Nona Gaye - Hero Girl (voice)
Peter Scolari - Billy - Lonely Boy
Brendan King, Andy Pellick - Pastry Chefs
Josh Eli, Mark Mendonca, Rolandas Hendricks, Mark Goodman, Jon Scott, Gregory Gast, Sean Scott, Gordon Hart - Waiters
Michael Jeter - Smokey / Steamer
Chris Coppola - Toothless Boy / Elf
Julene Renee - Red Head Girl / Elf
Charles Fleischer - Elf General
Steven Tyler - Elf Lieutenant / Elf Singer
Phil Fondacaro, Debbie Lee Carrington, Mark Povinelli, Ed Gale - Elf
Dante Pastula - Little Boy
Daryl Sabara - Hero Boy (voice)
AndrΓ© Sogliuzzo - Smokey / Steamer (voice)
Jimmy Bennett - Lonely Boy (voice)
Isabella Peregrina - Sister Sarah (voice)
Eric Newton, Aidan O'Shea, Aaron Hendry, Kevin C. Carr, Bee Jay Joyer, Jena Carpenter, Karine Mauffrey, Elisabeth P. Carpenter, Bill Forchion, Devin Henderson, Sagiv Ben-Binyamin - Acrobatic Elf
Josh Hutcherson - Hero Boy
Ashly Holloway - Sister Sarah
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak - Know-It-All
Chantel Valdivieso - Hero Girl
Hayden McFarland - Lonely Boy
Connor Matheus - Toothless Boy
Evan Sabara - Young Boy

Academy Awards Nominations:
Best Sound Editing (Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard)
Best Sound Mixing (Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis S. Sands and William B. Kaplan)
Best Original Song for "Believe"



Author Bio:
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.



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