“Tickets!, Tickets, please!,” shouts the conductor of the magical train.
The Polar Express is one of the greatest animated Christmas movies of all time. It follows the story of young boy, referred to as Hero Boy (Josh Hutcherson), who finds a mysterious golden train ticket. Then, in the middle of the night, a train comes out of the snow to pick him up. Hero Boy asks the conductor where the train is going to, and he explains that they are traveling to the North Pole. The boy is unsure at first, but he decides to see what this trip has in store for him.
On the ride, he becomes friends with a girl voiced by Nona Gaye, who believes wholeheartedly in the idea of true Christmas spirit. Hero Boy and the girl befriend another boy who is very quiet and reserved. All three soon realize they have more in common than they think.
Once the train arrives at the North Pole, the children get to see Santa Claus, and he will choose one special kid among them to receive the first gift of Christmas. Of course, it’s our very own Hero Boy.
When asked what he wants for Christmas, he simply says he would like a bell from Santa’s slay. On the train ride back home, Hero Boy realizes that the bell had fallen out of his pocket. He is the last one home, and before he leaves, the conductor punches a message into his ticket and the train moves on into the night.
The movie won the ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films, and it won a Bambi Award for Film-International in 2005.
The move was also nominated for three Oscars in Music and Sound Editing, Best Original Song, and Sound Mixing in 2005. It then was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2005 for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
It received a Grammy in 2006 for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
“The Polar Express” is based on the book written by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a beautifully crafted movie full of hope, belief, and it teaches the lesson of true Christmas spirit. This movie has made its way up to the top with other must-see Christmas classics.