History Headscratchers / ThePolarExpress

24th Mar '18 8:00:56 PM nombretomado
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26th Dec '17 8:29:12 PM sethtropes
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*So who ships the Hero Boy and the Hero Girl? I do, but no one seems to talk about it very much. It was hinted at the beginning when the boy gets on the train and meets her, and it seems odd this isn't mentioned on the YMMV page or any of the shipping tropes.
25th Dec '17 7:56:38 PM sethtropes
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* So in the beginning when the train arrives at the boy's house and he meets the conductor, he is hesitant about going and almost didn't ride. What suddenly made him change his mind? Same goes for when the train arrives at Billy's house.
12th Dec '17 4:32:01 PM Kinola
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** Maybe the whistle would have caused them to panic and stampede.
6th Dec '17 8:47:07 PM weiserthanyou
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** When the tipped-over engine rights itself, it creates a huge network of cracks in the ice. Had the sheer force of the engine slamming onto the ice not been distributed out over, well, every wheel on the engine, it likely would have broken through the ice. And when the train pulls a J-turn you can clearly see that the wheels leave deep enough scratches in the ice that the breakage almost exclusively follows them.
** And when the train hit the ice, it was nearly level. There was some breakage, but it didn't really slam into it from above. After that it was mostly coasting on the ice like a giant metal ice-skater, which could probably be supported if the ice was thick enough.
2nd Nov '17 8:48:15 PM BNSF1995
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* At the caribou crossing, the characters clear the herd away by pulling on the fireman's beard. Wouldn't it have been easier to use the whistle, which is probably louder than the fireman's screams?
25th Dec '16 11:35:57 AM ScotieRw
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** If you mean when the bell fell, for dramatic effect. The song wasn't the point of the scene any more, and slowing down and quieting the song was meant to draw viewers' attention to the important parts of the sequence, as well as drawing out [[{{Overcrank}} something that would normally last for half a second to several dramatic seconds]].
*** ...and making the song sound like a dying cow is singing it? Stupid.

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** If you mean when the bell fell, for dramatic effect. The song wasn't the point of the scene any more, and slowing down and quieting the song was meant to draw viewers' attention to the important parts of the sequence, as well as drawing out [[{{Overcrank}} something that would normally last for half a second to several dramatic seconds]].
*** ...and making the song sound like a dying cow is singing it? Stupid.
five seconds.
15th Dec '16 2:15:12 PM sminkin
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*** Know-It-All Kid is familiar with both Herpolsheimer's and the ''wrong-side-of-the-tracks'' part of town, so he probably also lives in the same town with Billy and Hero Boy.
10th Nov '16 8:10:28 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** It's possible that it hadn't "worked out" in other ways than just not getting presents, and/or that it hasn't really ''never'' worked out, just not for the past few years or so. It's obvious that he comes from a poor family, so if one (or both) of his parents were, say, abusive, argumentative, or alcoholic, it'd be more than capable of putting a damper on his mood. (Especially so if he believed the presents came from them before the arrival of the Polar Express.)
7th Nov '16 10:15:35 AM Bense
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* Santa is completely real in the film, and he really does deliver presents to every good boy and girl. So, why hasn't Christmas "worked out" for Billy before? Has he been on the naughty list every year before now?
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