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3rd Jan '16 5:49:25 PM Creaturemaster
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3rd Jan '16 5:48:56 PM Creaturemaster
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Lastly, the Hobo is an eldritch being, who seems to test

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Lastly, the Hobo is an eldritch being, being who seems to test
test the protagonist's faith and Christmas Spirit, and appears without warning throughout the film as though stalking him. He seems to exclusively appear to those who don't believe in Santa, and comes across as a sort of spiritual judge. The Hobo is Krampus.
3rd Jan '16 5:46:07 PM Creaturemaster
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[[WMG: The other train workers are St. Nicholas's various folkloric companions.]]
In certain myths of St. Nicholas, he's accompanied by at least one companion on Christmas Eve. Either Knecht Ruprecht[[note]]A man identical to St. Nick, but with an ash-covered face[[/note]], Belsnickel[[note]]A masked figure dressed in fur who shouts and scares children[[/note]], or {{Krampus}}.
The engineer is a very plump man, who could be mistaken for Santa at a distance due to being fat and jolly-looking like the stereotypical image, and always has soot on his face due to working near the engine. The engineer is Ruprecht.
The man who shovels coal for the train has extremely long hair draping over his face and an even longer beard, which could be misconstrued as a mask and fur garments. When his beard is pulled, he yells unnaturally loud with a somewhat unsettling expression that would definitely scare kids. He is Belsnickel.
Lastly, the Hobo is an eldritch being, who seems to test
1st Dec '15 7:19:51 PM TechnicolorPachyderm
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Think about it: The Express has an oddly varying number of cars, it seems to be magic (or Time Lord technology), and it made it be five minutes to midnight for multiple hours. TARDIS, much? And doesn't "The Conductor" sound like a Time Lord name? Hell, he might be [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus Miss Frizzle's]] brother.

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Think about it: The Express has an oddly varying number of cars, it seems to be magic (or Time Lord technology), and it made it be five minutes to midnight for multiple hours. TARDIS, much? And doesn't "The Conductor" sound like a Time Lord name? Hell, he might be [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus Miss Frizzle's]] brother.brother.


[[WMG: The Polar Express is actually the [[Anime/NightontheGalacticRailroad Milky Way Railway]]]]

Think about it: Hero Boy boards this magical train that suddenly appears out of nowhere, like Giovanni did, and goes on this long and very strange journey where almost no time actually seems to pass. At least one of the other passengers on the train is confirmed to be DeadAllAlong; who's to say that most of the others weren't children who'd recently died and were being given one last Christmas before they moved on? Sure, Hero Boy returns home alive after learning his lesson, but so did Giovanni.
24th Aug '15 7:38:12 PM CainandAble
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[[WMG: The Conductor is a [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lord]]]]

Think about it: The Express has an oddly varying number of cars, it seems to be magic (or Time Lord technology), and it made it be five minutes to midnight for multiple hours. TARDIS, much? And doesn't "The Conductor" sound like a Time Lord name? Hell, he might be [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus Miss Frizzle's]] brother.
12th Jul '15 5:31:24 PM nombretomado
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[[WMG: Billy is [[MalcolmInTheMiddle Dewey]].]]
The reason that Christmas "doesn't work out for him" is that Malcolm, Reese, and Francis have always ruined Christmas for him. Lois hasn't been shown to completely cancel Christmas before, but she's threatened it. Maybe in this MalcolmInTheMiddle / ThePolarExpress world, she HAS completely canceled Christmas. Besides, the two have an uncanny resemblance.

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[[WMG: Billy is [[MalcolmInTheMiddle [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Dewey]].]]
The reason that Christmas "doesn't work out for him" is that Malcolm, Reese, and Francis have always ruined Christmas for him. Lois hasn't been shown to completely cancel Christmas before, but she's threatened it. Maybe in this MalcolmInTheMiddle Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle / ThePolarExpress world, she HAS completely canceled Christmas. Besides, the two have an uncanny resemblance.
30th Dec '14 10:38:18 AM phoenixphorce
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All kidding aside, Tom Hanks is the motion-capture for Hero Boy, the motion-capture/voice of the Conductor and the voice of Hero Boy as an adult narrator at the beginning and end of the film.

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All kidding aside, Finally, Tom Hanks is the motion-capture for Hero Boy, the motion-capture/voice of the Conductor and the voice of Hero Boy as an adult narrator at the beginning and end of the film.
30th Dec '14 10:38:07 AM phoenixphorce
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All kidding aside, Tom Hanks is the motion-capture/voice actor for Hero Boy, the Conductor and the voice of Hero Boy as an adult narrator at the beginning and end of the film.

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All kidding aside, Tom Hanks is the motion-capture for Hero Boy, the motion-capture/voice actor for Hero Boy, of the Conductor and the voice of Hero Boy as an adult narrator at the beginning and end of the film.
30th Dec '14 10:37:20 AM phoenixphorce
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[[WMG: The Conductor is Hero Boy grown up and sent back in time by Santa]]

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[[WMG: The Conductor is Hero Boy grown up and sent back in time by Santa]]
Santa.]]
30th Dec '14 10:37:00 AM phoenixphorce
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[[WMG: Not only is the Hobo a ghost, but the conductor, the engineers, and the guys who served the hot chocolate are ghosts as well.]]

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[[WMG: Not only is the Hobo a ghost, but the conductor, the engineers, and the guys who served the hot chocolate are ghosts as well.]]]]

[[WMG: The Conductor is Hero Boy grown up and sent back in time by Santa]]

The Conductor has many, many moments when he acts as if he just knows whats going to happen, as if he's seen it before. Why else would he signal the train to leave Hero Boy and Billy? He already knew that they would still make it on.

Add to that, what if Hero Boy's wish to Santa was "to always believe"? Santa would make a grown up who believes his magical train conductor. Time manipulation is obviously at play in the film, why couldn't Santa wait for Hero Boy to grow up, possibly even die, then send him back in time to when the Polar Express came into existence?

This would also explain why the Conductor acts with such indifference to Hero Boy in most of their interactions. How would you treat your disbelieving younger self?

All kidding aside, Tom Hanks is the motion-capture/voice actor for Hero Boy, the Conductor and the voice of Hero Boy as an adult narrator at the beginning and end of the film.
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