Sunday, 25 December 2011

The Polar Express Review (Updated)









The Polar Express


Release Date: 18th November 2004 - Australia


Production Companies
Castle Rock Entertainment (presents)
Shangri-La Entertainment (in association
with)
ImageMovers
Playtone
Golden Mean
Universal CGI
Warner Bros. Pictures



Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $165,000,000

Box Office Gross: $307,514,317
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When a doubting young boy
takes an extraordinary train
ride to the North Pole, he
embarks on a journey of
self-discovery that shows
him that the wonder of life
never fades for those who
believe.


Cast
Tom Hanks - Hero Boy, The
Narrator, The Conductor,
The Hobo, Santa Claus &
Hero Boy's Father
Daryl Sabara - Hero Boy (Voice)
Nona Gaye - Hero Girl (Voice)
Tinase - Hero Girl
Peter Scolari - Billy
Jimmy Bennett - Billy (Voice)
Eddie Deezen - Lenny (alias Know-it-All)
Michael Jeter - Smokey and Steamer
Andre Sogliuzzo - Smokey and
Steamer (Voice)

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Robert Zemeckis
Based on Book/Executive
Producer - Chris Van Allsburg
Screenplay - William Broyles Jr.
Executive Producers - Tom Hanks & Jack Rapke
Producers - Gary Goetzman, Steve Starkey
& William Teitler
Production Designers - Rick Carter & Doug
Chiang
Costume Designer - Joanna Johnston
Directors of Photography - Don Burgess &
Robert Presley
Choreographer - John Carrafa
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Jerome Chen
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Animation Supervisor - David Schaub
Motion Capture Supervisor - Demian Gordon
Lyrics - Glen Ballard
Film Editors - R. Orlando Duenas & Jeremiah
O'Driscoll
Music - Alan Silvestri


Awards

2005 Academy Awards
Best Original Song "Believe" - Glen Ballard &
Alan Silvestri (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - William B. Kaplan,
Randy Thom, Tom Johnson & Dennis S. Sands
(Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Randy Thom &
Dennis Leonard (Nominated)


Review
THE POLAR EXPRESS is a simple but imaginative holiday movie from director Robert Zemeckis who brought this technological masterpiece to life through the use of performance capture for all actors such as Tom Hanks who did a wonderful job of voicing the Conductor. The motion capture animation was not as realistic as the one used in AVATAR (click here), but the film does have great visuals and it would be good on 3D.

THE POLAR EXPRESS lives up to Chris Van Allsburg's story from which it was based and it is a worth-watching for everyone who have or has not read the book.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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