The Polar Express
Nine, 7.30pm, G ( 2004)
Robert Zemeckis, a filmmaker known for pushing the limits of film technology ( Forrest
Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), applies this theory to his eye-popping animated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s famed children’s book. Tom Hanks ( above) reunites with Zemeckis, earning his pay cheque by playing no fewer than six roles. The marvellously merry tale concerns a disbelieving youngster, Hero Boy, who is taken on a wondrous journey to the North Pole, where he comes face to face with Santa Claus. With a massive heart to complement its smorgasbord of stunning visuals, this is a worthy addition to the tree of festive classics.