When it comes to modern Christmas classics, few can match Robert Zemeckis’ enchanting family film, The Polar Express.
Based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, the film tells the story of a young boy whose faith in Santa Claus is restored when offered the opportunity to board a train to the North Pole on the titular locomotive.
The Polar Express was the first to be shot entirely in Performance Capture CGI, allowing Tom Hanks to play six roles in the film.
However, speaking of how exhausting it was to play so many characters, he said IGN FilmForce in an interview in 2004: “As an actor I can’t understand a lot of things internally and on the day of the tests we did I played five, six or seven roles during that day, and I said, ‘Bob, I’m exhausted here’.
“So in my mind I had a track of the five characters that I played. I could understand the differences between them all and I understood how they relate to the boy and I understood what the perceptions were. of the boy about them.
Speaking about how he overcame the challenge of portraying so many different characters, he added, “My job is to manifest these other people and you just imagine what they are and you come to a kind of physiological understanding of who. they are, then you stick to them.
With a few brilliant musical interludes and a heartwarming message at its center, The Polar Express is well worth a watch every time the holiday season draws near, and you might be wondering if it will air on TV this Christmas in 2021 – read on. follow for the latest streaming information.
In the meantime, check out our guide to the best movies to watch for free on TV this Christmas and New Years.
Elsewhere, if you’re looking for the best Christmas TV shows to watch this Christmas, why not check out our picks.
Is the Polar Express on TV this Christmas 2021?
Unfortunately, the Polar Express won’t be showing on any of the free broadcasters this year – so you might have to pay a fee to get on board.
This is available to watch on Sky Cinema and NOW as part of their Christmas programming.
However, to access it, you will need to register for a cinema pass, which costs £ 9.99 per month.
Is the Polar Express on Disney Plus?
Unfortunately, The Polar Express is not available to watch on Disney Plus at this time. It’s a Warner Bros movie rather than a Disney movie, after all.
As detailed above, it is available to watch on Sky Cinema and NOW.
Alternatively, you can purchase The Polar Express on DVD from Amazon UK for £ 4.99, or £ 7.99 on Blu-ray.
The Polar Express plot: what is it?
The official synopsis reads: “On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express, while discovering friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas.”
This animated movie is the perfect Christmas watch – full of all the festive feel to be a classic this time of year.
The Polar Express Cast: How Many Characters Does Tom Hanks Play?
There are a lot of Tom Hanks in the cast!
The Oscar-winning actor played Hero Boy’s father Hobo, Puppet Scrooge, Santa Claus, Narrator and Conductor.
This brings his number of characters to six.
He also did some of the motion capture for Hero Boy, which was voiced by Daryl Sabara and The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson.
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