The Polar Express: If Everyone Didn't Look So Creepy, This Would Have Been A Major Hit
|"The Polar Express" (2004).|
Always, though, you have the reassuring presence of Tom Hanks to keep things from getting out of hand, and over time, many have come to accept and even enjoy the somewhat awkward movement of the characters.
|A smile of satisfaction.|
|A happy little girl with her ticket.|
|Beautiful railroad cars.|
|Wolves await in the forest.|
|The locomotive steams through the night.|
|The sound of Christmas awaits!|
|There is no question that "Polar Express" has become a holiday classic.|
|Tom Hanks helped create all three of these characters!|
"The Polar Express" portrays almost a twilight zone of existence, between the living and the dead, which works with the story as being somewhere between dreams and reality. You are meant to feel disoriented and on a different plane of thought and emotion, and to a large degree the awkward animation works quite well. The old Rankin/Bass specials worked because they explicitly were not real and thus just a warm-hearted story, while this type of animation confuses the issue, creating a sense of imbalance and unease which works on the trip north.
|The train approaches its destination|
|Now that's a tree!|
|Thank you, Santa!|