The Po­lar Ex­press

Nine, 7.30pm, G ( 2004)

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

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.

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