G | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
In the beginning of the movie, Hero Boy looks at a picture of himself on a store Santa's lap. The store is Herpolsheimer's, an old department store in Grand Rapids,Michigan, Chris Van Allsburg's hometown. Later, the train passes by the store.
On Christmas Eve many years ago I laid quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear: the sound of Santa's sleigh bells.
At Herpolsheimer's, when Know-It-All says, "I want all of them!", the window on the car displays a reflection of a pile of presents, but those presents aren't seen in the actual store.
The production company credits are covered with snow and ice.
The film's IMAX release presented the film cropped to the Univisium 2.00:1 aspect ratio.
$936,542 (Australia) (19 November 2004)