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Journey beyond your imagination with Polar Express

November 23, 2012
By Tom LaVille (news@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

The first movie at the Orpheum this December is another perfect Christmas movie, "The Polar Express." The movie centers around a young boy who strives to find answers about Santa and the North Pole. The method of transportation to the North Pole is a magical train known as the Polar Express. Although this film is a computer generated animated film, it lists as its stars Tom Hanks in multiple roles, Michael Jetter and Peter Scolari. These actors not only lend their voices to a lot of the characters, they also lend their facial features. The new CG (computer generated) images look a lot like the actors who are adding their voices to the roles. It is difficult for me to look past these images, which are quite life like, and let myself fall into the movie. Usually I can do that, but this film was my first introduction to this technique. I suppose most younger viewers are use to this kind of movie making. I grew up with Disney animation, so it is sometimes difficult to make the transition to contemporary film making. But enough of my short comings, back to the film. Once I "fell" into the movie it proved to be a sweet and tender story of a young innocent boy, full of childlike wonder and excitement, and the joy of the Christmas season that he learns to love.

 
 

 

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