The Polar Express (2004) – Understanding the magic behind the story

Here is a great animated movie, called The Polar Express. I planned to write about my insights on this movie which I really like. In my opinion, no matter how old somebody is, many of us are guarding our childish part deep inside and this one is my favorite to enjoy Christmas on my own.

To tell the truth, I don’t like this part of the year because after my family members and such others in our lives are done with giving Christmas presents (you know… “the celebration of presents” and buying for the most), they are continuing to be assholes with you. Never mind, this post is meant to be a nice insight.

So why am I watching this movie each year at or around Christmas Eve? Well, it is magical and lately in the last years as I got insight into the non-physical life and world, I realized that this whole movie is completely a so called “Astral Projection”. It is an adventure about our main character’s mind about what is real and what could be real.

It is a shared adventure with many children who experience the same thing and living the magic up for a whole night. And as the narrator tells the story at the beginning and at the end, I feel the same. It is not about believing in Santa or the magic of Christmas on my part but keeping up my good spirit and enjoy this kind of magic! No matter what happens in life, stay  good and enjoy yourself – this is a journey.

Sorry, it will take a little bit longer to read through lol. Let’s begin.

The opening about debunking Santa and the presents from parents

Our main character is keeping solid beliefs about Santa Claus that he is fake and the North Pole both. What books and lexicons are telling him is the fact. Even those newspaper parts are telling the same. But wait a minute his young sister still believes in it because she is much younger. Also keeping up a naive childish attitude which is normal. Well, I wish I could be a naive child again but I guess I never lost that part of me.

Children are full of magic and play until it is suppressed by parents and society. That is a shame. But back to the adventure.

His parents think that it would be a tragedy that he doesn’t believe. Believe is the keyword throughout the movie.

Here I need to notice something. Is it not fair in any family to force our views on our children right? I don’t like this word really, knowing where it leads people but here we have it in a relatively positive way. So his bathrobe is torn in a pocket and he is just falling off to sleep after seeing and hearing his parents. So it IS an Astral Projection! The clock stops, he thinks he just shut his eyes for a moment. And stuff is unchanged around him, seemingly everything is intact.

The Polar Express arrives on a non-existent railway

Here the train goes, I love that entry of this scene, radiator beeps like a train lol.

We could see at the beginning that there is a street with some or at least one parking car outside with snow. Now there is a train on a track. Wow!
Curiousness takes over – that is the best attitude to explore the non-physical. And he tries to find out what’s that. Now the glassy ticketer guy shows up and makes this guy insights about if he doesn’t make up his mind, he will miss something big, without being too specific. Only with the destination.

Ok he finally joins and realizes that not even he is not alone, there are many kinds of children, gaining more confidence. Of course, there is always one who is too intellectual. The story goes on and they slowly ride in front of a shopping mall where our hero only notices the mechanical Santa, being fake and taking nods on it. Oh man… belief systems, right? But everyone could be shaken. Where we search for reinforcements, we will see it.

Train represents a Consciousness ride to the unknown here.

Tickets! Tickets, please!

We arrive at Billy’s, the little shy boy’s home. He makes up his mind pretty hard but joins as our hero does his job to stop the train. Why? Well, he just feels it is right. The story goes on, now we have magical tickets and those are causing many troubles throughout the movie.

Btw it is interesting to see when our hero’s ticket is disappearing as he is taking it away in his pocket at the end of the movie.

Those tickets are now having punched in holes to show some letters… Those letters at the end of the movie are forming words for each individual according to their strong or weak parts to work on.

If we don’t have a lost ticket or the searching, of course, we don’t have the troubles on the train. Hot cocoa comes along for not being “hungry”. Well, it is a joke because along the nice representation of a dancing comedy and singing, the children barely drink a lot lol. Well, some are crashing off in sugar rush yeah! The ticket is also missing and our hero tries his best to undo his fault. Oh that fricking bathrobe pocket, right?

Tickets are personal symbols

But my best guess is that tickets are representing a personal or individual trait which is, of course, cannot be assigned to other people. Why? That is you partly, right? They are only virtual representations of you. It is like a label, represented after your personality here.

Now the ticket from the little girl is missing and she is dragged towards the back of the train wagon’s end. Well, here are some strange things happening.

The guy upstairs, living freely

This guy on the top of the train is not really a ghost. He is partly an aspect of our hero’s self, a free somebody hanging around in various worlds and also a living belief system convincer/doubter. Who tries to question our hero’s thoughts about what is real. But funny that the girl is dragged upstairs visually with the ticketer man and he just follows them. So we are here at the guy, we needed to be there.

He finds interesting that our little one doesn’t believe in ghosts. It is in itself a funny thing because he is in the non-physical and can’t even wake himself up (this alone shows how real are every dimension is) – it is not allowed until the whole scene is played out – I guess the boy’s full soul essence grabbed him to show him, he should change his thinking drastically.

Not believing causing our hero more trouble. Like going backward on the train later and seeing Scrooge from the Christmas Carol, who is a non-believer and a stone-hearted man. He need see solid evidence and even frightening scenes in his “life”.

That toy cemetery represents those grown children who are not fitted into the magic of Christmas anymore. They grew up and being an adult, brainwashed and indoctrinated. I’m not saying that we need to keep the Christmas magic in us but that we deny anything which is not fitted into the close-minded, box thinking human world. Christmas and Santa is only one aspect of being shown what is wrong with our society. Not Christmas itself is the subject but widening our perspective about what is real or possible. Especially for a child with imagination.

Freezing, really

So here they are chatting in the cold. The next strangeness is the cold and snow. Do you think in physical life, you won’t freeze? But I’m not criticizing at all! So this guy is doing his job as a seemingly adult man, who only dreams about a girl.

He goes away and helps the boy to get to the girl, the lost one. Right, these scenes are pretty awesome of rollercoastering and helping hand is there for him.

The Polar Express

Rollercoaster on big heights and lows with moose

Right, those scenes are my favorite, I guess many people like them. So the first big problem and a good reinforcement come in from this direction. Moose. The Scottish long haired funny guy’s voice is just enough for them to move on. The story is going along and everybody does their part to play it, no matter what.

I won’t be surprised if this whole action is repeated in every year in this “Universe” with different kids each year. Too bad there is a glitch or mistake in the movie. We see 5 wagons behind the smokey and in the North Pole City, there is much more as it is running in but later on that.

Now, moose are showing us that indeed, this train goes towards North. Canada huh? Right, there is nothing extraordinary of this horde, it is natural. But it is strange that the track is “now” under ice as our ticketer guy says. I found it strange that it is frozen in ice, those who planned it down maybe centuries ago could maybe lay it a little bit higher, huh? Just some intelligent build, you know… and eventually it is a movie.

Here our team tries to work together and get out and get in line with the track before they reach the entrance to the elevation for the mountain’s top. Teamwork, right with some panic lol. By the way, noticed that the little girl in the driver’s seat is not really sure about herself AGAIN? The main hero reminds me partly many times when he is just making up his mind and acts, figuring out the facts later about which one is the break. A real intelligent one. One for beliefs, one for being a leader.

The mountaintop and the Aurora

Wow, it is interesting to see that a magical train climbs up to a mountaintop on a spiral road and goes towards a very high attitude bridge. The ticketer now speaks about a magical occurrence that “somebody or something” helped him a long time ago on the train. Just as our ghost guy helped our hero to pull them up on the ice – oops forgot it huh! Btw it would be a vomiting ride, going back on the same track lol!

Now the ticket is checked and we have a little song at the end of the last wagon. Well, I like it in Hungarian (my main language) and in English too. A real heart touching one for being together as children, being enough clean to not get hang up on arguments about anything as an adult.

Their Billy’s main problem is his present which he wants (a representation of his family and how they are lacking). Later he will learn that he needs to trust in the process. The girl is full of heart and singing together.  She needs some bravery to open up to her full potential.

The pretty Aurora which I love so much as a natural occurrence lights up and there we go the big Northern City of North Pole. Noticed the shape of the city from the airline? Very well designed.

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In the City and the trouble with the jingle bell

Right, The Polar Express, our too much-wagoned train (lol) arrives at this magical big city and we arrived “in time”. Noticed that time is not even existing? Non-physical world huh? Well, our intelligent one points it out a few times besides his egoistic attitude.

The young ones are getting into trouble again. Our ghost guy shows the breaks. Wait a minute how did he manage to appear on that exact wagon? After they got the ride into a parking lot deep under the city, there is a pause.

The young girl points out the direction and throughout the movie gains more confidence in her leadership. Billy gains more trust towards his friends. Our hero is still doubting.

Ok, here we go the streets and the stuck melody. Everybody is away of work (the elves) – the job is done and celebration comes after a big project. Our fellows are chatting about the direction. Finally, the girl gains the leadership again and she is so sure where is the jingle voice.

Funny that a jingling something captures her attention just enough to keep her curiosity up? Planned action on a bigger scale, huh?

The HQ and the ride in the tube

We are at the HQ and seeing some elves discussing a boy’s revenge of being bad lol. Santa doesn’t let anybody without presents. Presents are representing so many things: love, joy, surprise, spirit, good mood, friendship, being not left out etc.

Soon, we can see how massive this whole city is, even underground. Some decades or even hundreds of years may pass by? Being clear Santa and this whole issue is a supply and demand thing. As long as it started to be a needed thing to supply children with presents, the industry began. It is about children and their happiness btw.

We are at the covering/packaging place, well, Billy causes the next trouble of his present. A pretty strange occurrence again… he is the only one, right there who suddenly sees his present, wow. Coincidences, right? After a slide, we arrive at the big bag full of presents. Well, how the hack will Santa ride it, yeah?

A strange thing which I noticed that there is no story about the glassy smart one. I mean how the heck did he jump in the bag? I guess he was smart enough to get lost of the group and stealth in there somehow. Or this is a glitch in the whole scene because, in the physical Universe, you just can’t appear suddenly elsewhere, relative to your actual position some 50-100’s meters away.

On air and being on the square

Our elves know their job really, this is obviously not the first year and not the last. The big glowing star is restored and let’s run to the square. Our heroes are in an individual manner jumping down to the other’s and our ticketer guy notices that the smart one was missing.

He is not even arguing with the three main characters, did you notice it? Only positive words. Non-physical guide maybe…

Ringing bells. Ringing? Our hero doesn’t even hear that! Not even when “time” slows down and one from the row crushes in front of him. Ok ok, he now believes, tries it really. Wow, the bell is ringing! Here I tend to elevate the volume up to hear that nice spiritual chorus of showing Santa in the reflection : )

Surprise, surprise, he CAN see Santa and talk with him. Magical right? I like that glowing aura of Santa too. Now the next big thing is that he is selected for the first yearly gift after he points out the 4 main fellows personality.

What does he wish? I have only guesses, the bell and/or his new friends. Ok times up, we need to go home.

Santa rides

Mr. C. goes on high with those nice raindeers and the music begins, we are ready to go home. The interesting thing that the clock is alerting after we are done with Santa’s show. Btw that rainbow whip is pretty nice.

The tickets are now gaining full meaning and some of them are gaining more values than others. Finally, all of the children learned something for sure. Some of them are asking back the meaning and what is supposed to mean, but wait a minute our main hero boy is warned that he needs to keep that word only to himself? Wow.

Could it be that our ticketer glassy guy is an aspect of this boy? Surely. He sometimes speaks out little stories about his Christmases. Could it be that the ticketer is the boy’s “future self”?

Being Home and being safe

Everybody goes home now, the train stops at the first destinations surely and Billy is hugged warmly as he needed it. He has a harder time in the society with this family background, being poor. Our hero just speaks out a thought, thinking about is this only a dream?

YES and NO! Come on, you are living up a huge story being much more alive and being as real as the physical world and doubting yourself… Believe! : ) We know it was real.

Many people tend to question their dreams like that. They were real.

Our boy also needed to trust the process as Billy and also he learned to believe too. He lost it long ago and he now can share this and his story with his little sister. So long his girlfriend and now as he wakes up, the whole pocket damage scenario plays out again.

The final thought

Doubt? Was that only a dream? I Don’t think so. The little train model under the tree reminds us of the Polar Express and they got the missing bell. All right, He lost it right? That damn pocket.

But surprise, Santa tried to be sure that the year’s first present is delivered surely. The children both can hear the bell’s ringing but the parents are unable to hear it. Sad thing, it represents that the Christmas as a celebration is long time lost in spirit adults’ spirit. Don’t misunderstand me, it represents many things according to people around the world and this is a classic tree-presents-Santa-magic type but here we have a certain form all along the movie.

Our hero is now in narrative mode and this was a big memory as a movie.

He still hears the bell as being old and after even his sister stopped hearing it, it is still in our guy’s heart deep inside. Well, he learned that if he doesn’t need to gather enough evidence to see something is fake. He just tried it and it worked. What if he never tries it?

Wasn’t it magical? Watch it and live up the magic. Forget what other’s are thinking about you, enjoy yourself. This not really about beliefs but the magic!

Edited on 7th of april in 2018.

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