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Still shot from the movie: The Polar Express.

The Polar Express

Do you believe in Santa? That is the question asked by Chris Van Allsberg's storybook that inspired this film. Coming to life through the marvel of computer animation and the talents of Tom Hanks, it's a movie experience sure to make believers out of even the biggest skeptics. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 09 Nov 2004
Video Release: 21 Nov 2005
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What did the hero boy have to do in order to hear the sleigh bells? What did he discover about his parents?

What acts of compassion did the little girl show to the last boy who got on the train? In what ways is she a leader? What helped her to grow in confidence?

The conductor says, “Sometimes the most real things in this world are the things we can’t see.” What things do you believe in although you can’t see them? Can you still hear Santa’s bells?

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