The Polar Express

Rated G 100 minutes 2004

While Pixar continues to expand and improve upon the world of CGI animation with their wonderful film The Incredibles, Warner Brothers and director Robert Zemeckis have taken a tremendous misstep with The Polar Express, an unintentionally creepy movie. By employing a "motion capture" technique that allows filmmakers to put Tom Hanks’ facial expressions and body movements into a little boy character, the film creates a bizarre world where everything seems more than a little bit off. Frankly put, this film doesn’t look good. The movement of the characters is alternately slow, stiff and even spastic, with the enthusiasm of the voiceovers often not matching the body performances. A hollow story tied together by a bunch of sequences where the train slides, falls and climbs along the way to the North Pole. While the first slipping and sliding sequence inspires a few "oooh-ahhs!," the device quickly becomes tedious, like watching a 3-D film without the glasses.

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and Jack Rapke

Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Eddie Deezen, Charles Fleischer, Steven Tyler, Leslie Zemeckis, Daryl Sabara, André Sogliuzzo, Jimmy Bennett, Isabella Peregrina, Chris Coppola, Josh Hutcherson, Debbie Lee Carrington, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Chantel Valdivieso, Hayden McFarland and Phil Fondacaro


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