Polar Express, The (2004, USA) C-100m. SCOPE *** D: Robert Zemeckis. Starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Leslie Harter Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Michael Jeter, Steven Tyler. Director Zemeckis works digital wonders again in this beautiful Christmas tale, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. A little boy who is slowly starting to doubt the existence of Santa Claus boards a magical train one night, which will lead him and fellow passengers to the North Pole. The journey is filled with riveting adventures and thrill rides and teaches the boy a thing or two about life. Charming Christmas movie will delight kids. The interesting animation (3D motion capture) required the actors to act first, then their appearances and movements were computerized. Hanks has five roles. Good score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard.

© Ron Altman