A young boy who doubts that Santa Claus exists takes a magical train ride to the North Pole. On the way, he learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. The Polar Express debuts a highly advanced version of motion capture technology that allows the actors’ live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters in a way never seen before.


Film Details

  • Year Released: 2004
  • Date Released:
    November 2004
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: >50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser
  • Distributor:

    Warner Bros. Pictures, IMAX Corporation

  • Produced By:
    Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Shangri-La Entertainment, a Playtone/ImageMovers/Golden Mean Production of a Robert Zemeckis Film
  • Executive Producer: Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke, Chris Van Allsburg
  • Producer: Steve Boyd (co-producer), Gary Goetzman, Steve Starkey, William Teitler, Robert Zemeckis
  • Director:  Robert Zemeckis
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.
  • Cinematography: Don Burgess, Robert Presley
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Alan Silverstri
  • Editor: R. Orlando Duenas, Jeremiah O'Driscoll
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Animation
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Reformatted



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