I feel like there needs to be an award higher than Caldecott for Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express. The book is a Classic with a captial C; probably the only Christmas tale made within the last 20 years that can make such a claim.
Yes, this sketch is from the movie version. I’m on the fence with it, honestly. Some people really, really detest the movie for the uncanny valley children or for stretching the simple story into a 90 minute thrill ride. I thought it was just okay. The impact of the ending still holds up, and there’s some really beautiful scenes that feel like they’re right outta the book.
Although Mandark’s voice does get on the nerves after a while.