Movie The Polar Express (2004)

Watched 20140121 (Netflix, Instant) 99 min. (Streaming until 20140201)
The Polar Express (2004) Robert Zemeckis. 100 min [bot children's book otsn (1985) by Chris Van Allsburg]

The Polar Express.
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The Hero Boy meets the Conductor.
Among the possible expiring movies, I thought it would be appropriate to watch The Polar Express, since I just saw Forrest Gump (1994) starring Tom Hanks. What I didn't know, however, is that The Polar Express also has the same director as Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis.

After the Hero Boy takes a seat, the Hero Girl
looks over and gives him a good long stare.
While I enjoyed the action and story of the film, the motion capture sometimes made the characters look weird or creepy. I think this is mainly due to the animation falling in a gray area between unrealistic and photorealistic.

What exactly is going through his mind!?!
Instant Comments:
"See, he's out like a light, an express train wouldn't wake him up now."
Haha, please join all the children I've collected.
OMG, that stare is so creepy.

Billy the Lonely Boy.
That musical scene is so weird looking. And by the end of it, it seems like they've been drugged (hot chocolate), though they haven't.
Oh no! What have you done!?!
That's magical (the ticket).

The three kids bravely balance their way across train tracks
suspended high above the ground.
That man on top of the train is an interesting character. "One other thing, do you believe in ghosts?" [shakes his head] "Interesting."
I mean, so was the conductor, but the one on top was more scary than creepy.
Haha, caribou. (according to Wikipedia, caribou are the same as reindeer)

Santa Claus.
"And someone save you?" "Or something..."
"When Christmas Comes to Town"
OMG, I'd be down on my knees over those tracks.
Oh wow, he doesn't hear the bells.

Wow, that scene where he believes is awesome.
"The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."