History Headscratchers / ThePolarExpress

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?
14th Sep '16 8:15:02 PM NeutralPerson
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*** Actually, one of the elves mention that they knew what the kids were doing the whole time.
14th Apr '16 7:18:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Just one more piece of evidence that all of the other children are illusionary constructs to help the main kid in his learning experience, along with [[HeyItsThatVoice Mandark]] showing up in the middle of the stack of presents and shutting up and apologizing with next to no actual CharacterDevelopment, and the girl knowing or realizing things the conductor should have known all along and revealed for safety's sake instead of leaving it up to one of the kids to figure out.

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** Just one more piece of evidence that all of the other children are illusionary constructs to help the main kid in his learning experience, along with [[HeyItsThatVoice Mandark]] Mandark showing up in the middle of the stack of presents and shutting up and apologizing with next to no actual CharacterDevelopment, and the girl knowing or realizing things the conductor should have known all along and revealed for safety's sake instead of leaving it up to one of the kids to figure out.
5th Jan '16 9:05:58 AM TT454
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** Also, keep in mind that every setback was inadvertently or otherwise caused by the Hero Boy, who the conductor knows from the beginning is having doubts as to the existence of Santa Claus. As they begin to stack on top of one another, it'd make sense for him to suspect that it was a mistake to let him on anyway, and that he was only using the opportunity to sabotage the trip for the other children. And how many times would anyone in a group of children, even excited children, feel the need to pull the emergency train on a train?

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** Also, keep in mind that every setback was inadvertently or otherwise caused by the Hero Boy, who the conductor knows from the beginning is having doubts as to the existence of Santa Claus. As they begin to stack on top of one another, it'd make sense for him to suspect that it was a mistake to let him on anyway, and that he was only using the opportunity to sabotage the trip for the other children. And how many times would anyone in a group of children, even excited children, feel the need to pull the emergency train brakes on a train? train?
25th Nov '15 9:47:08 PM whisperstar13
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** Also, keep in mind that every setback was inadvertently or otherwise caused by the Hero Boy, who the conductor knows from the beginning is having doubts as to the existence of Santa Claus. As they begin to stack on top of one another, it'd make sense for him to suspect that it was a mistake to let him on anyway, and that he was only using the opportunity to sabotage the trip for the other children. And how many times would anyone in a group of children, even excited children, feel the need to pull the emergency train on a train?
23rd Sep '15 12:06:25 PM whisperstar13
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** Mayhaps it's because the weight of the train, while monumental, is spread out over a large area across the ice, whereas the cracks formed by the pin were from a single, solitary, and ''sharp'' impact point.

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** Mayhaps it's because the weight of the train, while monumental, is spread out over a large area across the ice, and the train did nothing to actually pierce through the frozen surface, whereas the cracks formed by the pin were from a single, solitary, and ''sharp'' (compared to the train) impact point.
23rd Sep '15 12:04:21 PM whisperstar13
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** Mayhaps it's because the weight of the train, while monumental, is spread out over a large area across the ice, whereas the cracks formed by the pin were from a single, solitary, and ''sharp'' impact point.
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