The Polar Express (2004)

Among the possible expiring movies, I thought it would be appropriate to watch The Polar Express, since I just saw Forrest Gump (1994) starring Tom Hanks. What I didn't know, however, is that The Polar Express also has the same director as Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis.

The Polar Express.

While I enjoyed the action and story of the film, the motion capture sometimes made the characters look weird or creepy. I think this is mainly due to the animation falling in a gray area between unrealistic and photorealistic.

Instant Comments:
"See, he's out like a light, an express train wouldn't wake him up now."

The Hero Boy (Tom Hanks) meets the Conductor (Tom Hanks).

Haha, please join all the children I've collected.
OMG, that stare is so creepy.
That musical scene is so weird looking. And by the end of it, it seems like they've been drugged (hot chocolate), though they haven't.
Oh no! What have you done!?!

After the Hero Boy takes a seat, the Hero Girl (Nona Gaye) looks over and gives him a good long stare.

That's magical (the ticket).
That man on top of the train is an interesting character. "One other thing, do you believe in ghosts?" [shakes his head] "Interesting."
I mean, so was the conductor, but the one on top was more scary than creepy.
Haha, caribou. (according to Wikipedia, caribou are the same as reindeer)

Billy the Lonely Boy (Peter Scolari).

"And someone save you?" "Or something..."
"When Christmas Comes to Town"
OMG, I'd be down on my knees over those tracks.
Oh wow, he doesn't hear the bells.

Santa Claus.

Wow, that scene where he believes is awesome.
"The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."

Watched 20140121 (Netflix, Instant) 99 min. (Streaming until 20140201)
The Polar Express (2004) Robert Zemeckis. 100 min [bot children's book otsn (1985) by Chris Van Allsburg]

The three kids bravely balance their way across train tracks suspended high above the ground.

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