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Product The Polar Express

The Polar Express

starring Tom Hanks / Michael Jeter

Director Robert Zemeckis revolutionized the art of animated film in 1998's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT by dropping cartoon characters into the same frame with flesh-and-blood actors. In THE POLAR EXPRESS, live action and animation have merged seamlessly, resulting in sparkling super-realism. A landmark technique Zemeckis and his Sony Pictures Imageworks team call "Performance Capture" perfectly suits the tenor of this wondrous children's Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg. A disillusioned little boy, just old enough to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, has the adventure of a lifetime one fateful Christmas Eve. Clad in his pajamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks who starred in both of Zemeckis's Academy-Award winning films FORREST GUMP and CASTAWAY). Among myriad jaw-dropping moments, the train plummets brakeless through crystalline mountains in a simulated roller coaster ride. Going off the rails, skidding sideways, and snaking violently across a frozen lake, the train arrives at the North Pole (a vast, glowing city of brick buildings). At that moment, the car carrying the kids detaches and they're sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santa's Workshop. With its fascinating tale and impressive technical frolics, THE POLAR EXPRESS is destined to become both a holiday classic and a new turning point in the art of animated cinema.
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Screen: Widescreen - 1.85 / Full Frame - 1.33
MPAA Rating: G (General Audiences)
Extra Info: Widescreen
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Star: Tom Hanks / Michael Jeter / Peter Scolari
Nona Gaye / Eddie Deezen / Charles Fleischer
Daryl Sabara
Producer: Steve Starkey / Gary Goetzman / William Teitler
Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter: William Broyles / Robert Zemeckis
Composer: Alan Silvestri
Costume Designer: Joanna Johnston
Director of Photography: Don Burgess
Production Designer: Doug Chiang / Rick Carter
Editor: Jeremiah O'Driscoll / R. Orlando Duenas
Executive Producer: Jack Rapke
Music Supervisor: Glen Ballard
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Release Date: August 18, 2009
Original Release Year: 2004
Format: DVD Video
Language: English
Color: Color
ISBN: 1419818708 / 9781419818707
UPC: 012569740648 / 00012569740648
Genre: Childrens
Keywords: Trains / Children / Kids Adventure
Santa Claus / Train Adventures / Theatrical Release
Christmas

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