Bros Pictures and blackfilm.com, are giving away cool
merchandise to celebrate the release of THE POLAR EXPRESS.
A young boy lies awake in his room one snowy Christmas Eve,
excited and alert. Breathing silently. Hardly moving. Waiting.
He's listening for a sound he's afraid that he might never hear
- the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh. The time is five minutes
to midnight. Suddenly, the boy is startled by a thunderous roar.
Clearing the mist from his window he sees the most amazing sight
- a gleaming black train rumbles to a stop right in front of
his house, the steam from its powerful engine hissing through
the night sky and the softly falling snowflakes. The boy rushes
outside, clad only in his pajamas and slippers, and is met by
the train's conductor who seems to be waiting just for him.
"Well, are you coming?" the conductor asks.
"Where?""Why, to the North Pole, of course. This
is the Polar Express!"
This holiday season the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks
and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite
for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved
Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When
a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the
North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows
him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Combining classic storytelling with cutting-edge filmmaking,
The Polar Express debuts a highly advanced version of motion
capture technology developed and tailored to meet Zemeckis'
uncompromising vision and is the first feature ever to be shot
entirely in this format. Sony Pictures Imageworks, with senior
visual effects supervisors Ken Ralston, a five-time Oscar winner,
and Jerome Chen, a 2000 nominee, help bring this enchanting
holiday story vividly to life in full CG animation through a
brand new system called Performance Capture, Imageworks' next-generation
motion capture process. This innovative technique allows the
actors' live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements
of the digital characters in a way never seen before, throwing
open the door to a whole new era of freedom and creative options
for actors and filmmakers.
Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Shangri-La
Entertainment, a Playtone / ImageMovers / Golden Mean Production
of a Robert Zemeckis Film: Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. Directed
by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Zemeckis & William
Broyles, Jr., the film is produced by Steve Starkey, Robert
Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman and William Teitler and is based on
the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke and Chris
Van Allsburg are the executive producers. The production team
includes directors of photography Don Burgess, A.S.C. and Robert
Presley; production designers Rick Carter and Doug Chiang; and
editors Jeremiah O'Driscoll & R. Orlando Duenas. Senior
visual effects supervisors are Ken Ralston and Jerome Chen.
Co-producer is Steven Boyd. Music score is by Alan Silvestri,
and original songs by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri.
The Polar Express will be distributed worldwide on November
10th by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment
Company. Soundtrack album on Warner Sunset/Reprise Records.
This film is rated G by the MPAA.
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