The Polar Express

The Polar Express is a Caldecott Medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg. It has also been made into an animated movie. In this category, you can learn all about the story, from characters and setting to plot and theme.

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What is the setting of The Polar Express?

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The North Pole, the city/town/neighborhood is not set anywhere specific.
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Does The Polar Express symbolize the trains that took children to concentration camps?

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No! It doesn't; trains that took children to concentration camps were not fun at all and most likely not that good.
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Who does Josh Hutcherson play in The Polar Express?

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He is the voice of the main character. In the credits, it's under "Hero Boy".
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What is the conductors name on the polar express?

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The conductor from Polar Express is simply known as Conductor. He is played by Tom Hanks in the movie.
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What time doe The Polar Express arrive at the north pole?

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the polar express comes at Christmas eve when your sleeping at 12 o clock
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The copyright date of the polar express?

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The book bu Chris Van Allsburg is copyright 1985 and the Tom Hanks film is copyright 2004.
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Was the hero boy really just dreaming about The Polar Express?

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No,he really was on the train ride,his parents never heard the train because they don't believe.
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What does the lonely boy in Polar Express represent?

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Well I say the lonely boy in the polar express first his name is Dewey and second I think he represents Independence and Friendship
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Will there be a polar express sequel?

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Yes, but will u live long enough to see it. That is the question.
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What does the conductor represent in polar express?

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I love this film! Been searching for the soundtrack for years, lol... (FYI: I haven't read the book, so no comment as far as that on any differences between it and the movie.) Without researching or quoting anybody directly associated with the film, I would say that, because nearly all the characters in the film are either played-by or patterened-after the main star of the show, Tom Hanks(including the Conductor, the Tramp, the main Hero/Child and Santa Claus himself), then the Conductor, along with all of the other characters, is meant to represent the Child either at different stages of his physical life or from different viewpoints of the Child's thoughts at this questioning stage of his life, where he is starting to doubt and question whether Santa really exists or not. The Child is the POV, or story's point-of-view character, with mild questioning and doubts. The Tramp shows outright disbelief and mocking scorn in the concept(ie: none of it is real). Santa Claus is complete belief in the unbelievable and fantastic; "i do believe, i do believe!". In this context, I think the Conductor shows a grown concept of mature belief, or a willing suspension of disbelief along with a sense of duty("we have a job to go, we have to get there, we have to do it on time", etc). Continuing, it would then be the Conductor's job to make sure that these children don't lose their sense of belief, so that it can be carried on to the next generation through them and their continued sense of grown, adult belief to their own kids, et al. which would be why he's bringing them to the North Pole to meet Santa, so that their belief is confirmed and continued, etc. (It's never hinted at in the film, but wouldn't it be possible that each child sees the Conductor as someone different...kinda almost like themselves, but all grown up and more mature and ready to believe in the sense of duty?)
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What does the hobo symbolize in polar express?

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I think the hobo represents the doubt of a Christmas Spirit in the boy.
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What is the polar express about?

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The Polar Express is about a boy that doesn't believe in Santa Clause and he finds out that Santa Clause is real. I hope you liked The Polar Express!