History WesternAnimation / ThePolarExpress

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* OrWasItADream: During the train ride, the Hero Boy asks the hobo "Are you saying that this all just... a dream?" He replies "You said it, kid! Not me." Later, there's the bell to indicate the experience was real.
** Billy asks "Is it really possible this could all be just a dream?" and the Hero Boy replies quite fervently, "no."

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* OrWasItADream: OrWasItADream:
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During the train ride, the Hero Boy asks the hobo Hobo, "Are you saying that this all just... a dream?" He replies replies, "You said it, kid! Not me." Later, there's the bell to indicate the experience was real.
** Later, Billy asks asks, "Is it really possible this could all be just a dream?" and the Hero Boy replies quite fervently, "no."No."
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* YouSquared: When Hero Boy and the Know-It-All Boy when they find each other in Santa's sack of presents.

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* YouSquared: When The Hero Boy and the Know-It-All Boy Boy, when they find each other in Santa's sack of presents.
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*** At one point the Hobo declares himself "the [[Film/EmperorOfTheNorth King of the North Pole]]".
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Ebenezer Scrooge, who would star in [[Disney/AChristmasCarol another Robert Zemeckis-directed, motion capture-animated film]], appears here in puppet form.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Ebenezer Scrooge, who would star in [[Disney/AChristmasCarol another Robert Zemeckis-directed, motion capture-animated film]], film]] five years later, appears here in puppet form.
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Ebeneezer Scrooge gets one as a puppet in The Polar Express http://www.slashfilm.com/zemeckis-scrooge-had-a-cameo-in-polar-express/

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Ebeneezer Scrooge gets one as a Ebenezer Scrooge, who would star in [[Disney/AChristmasCarol another Robert Zemeckis-directed, motion capture-animated film]], appears here in puppet in The Polar Express http://www.slashfilm.com/zemeckis-scrooge-had-a-cameo-in-polar-express/form.
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Hobo is very rough around the edges, he uses a puppet of Ebeneezer Scrooge to scare the main character, he is also very vague and unhelpful, whenever he answers the kid's questions but he also saves his life on numerous occasions as well
** TricksterMentor: How others see him though. After all how can you answer something about faith when it's your own decision to believe or not. Basically he tells Hero Boy he has to make up his own mind. Yeah the puppet thing was a little mean but it can been seen as giving him a little push. After all it's a once-in-a-lifetime ride and he won't get another chance.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Conductor, full stop.
** The
Hobo is also very rough around the edges, edges; he uses a puppet of Ebeneezer Scrooge [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]] to scare the main character, he Hero Boy at one point. He is also very vague and unhelpful, unhelpful whenever he answers the kid's questions questions, but he also saves his life on numerous occasions as well
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** TricksterMentor: How others see him him, though. After all how can you answer something about faith when it's your own decision to believe or not. Basically he tells Hero Boy he has to make up his own mind. Yeah the puppet thing was a little mean but it can been seen as giving him a little push. After all it's a once-in-a-lifetime ride and he won't get another chance.
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* NostalgicNarrator: The Hero Boy as an adult, relating the events of one Christmas Eve "many years ago".
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->''"One thing about trains: it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."''
-->-- '''The Conductor'''
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* BoringReturnJourney

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* BoringReturnJourneyBoringReturnJourney: The trip back home from the North Pole is very quiet and melancholic; this is meant to reflect the Hero Boy's disheartenment after he [[spoiler:accidentally loses the bell that Santa gave him]].


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* {{Leitmotif}}: The film's main theme, Music/JoshGroban's "Believe", plays several times throughout the course of the story, specifically during the film's more triumphant moments. Billy the Lonely Boy is also accompanied by a soft rendition of "When Christmas Comes to Town", which he eventually sings with the Hero Girl.
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Released in 2004, the film was the very first animated feature to be made entirely with MotionCapture technology. It was directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis with Creator/TomHanks (who also served as an executive producer) doing much of the voice work and performance capture.

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Released in 2004, the film was the very first animated feature to be made entirely with MotionCapture technology. It was directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis Creator/RobertZemeckis, with Creator/TomHanks (who also served as an executive producer) doing much of the voice work and performance capture.
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