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 of this movie, which I really like. In my opinion no matter how old somebody is, many of us are guarding our childish part in a good meaning deep inside and this one is my favourite to enjoy Christmas – more than I could. 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 celeberation of presents” and buying for the most), they continue fool with you and be an asshole. 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, 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. A real fun adventure. And as the main character 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.
Ok let’s begin.

Sorry it will take a little bit longer to read lol.

The opening about debunking Santa and arriving Presents from parents

So here we go, in short our main character “the boy” is keeping solid beliefs about Santa Claus that he is fake and the North Pole is what books and lexicons are telling him – non-existent and that’s it. Even those news paper parts are telling it (well this is not investigating, only solidifying a belief). But wait a minute his young sister still believes in it because she is much younger and also keeping up a naive childish attitude which is normal. Well I wish I could be a naive child again with full of magic : )

Ok so our hero’s 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 – it is 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 positive way. So stuffs happens with our hero, 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 stuffs are changed around him, but seemingly everything is intact.

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, wthout 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 every one could be shaken.
Train represents a Consciousness ride to the unknown here.

Tickets, tickets please!

We arrive at Billy’s, the little shy boy, 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 tickects and those are causing many troubles thoughout the movie. 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 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 redo his fault. Oh that fricking bathrobe pocket, right?
But my best guess is that tickects 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.

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

I guess maybe some readers maybe here will find out that this guy on the top of the train is not really a ghost but 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 in his thinking drastically.

Well not believing causing our hero more trouble, like going backwards in the train later and seeing Scrooge from the Christmas Carol, being a non-believer and a stone-hearted man, who needed to be shown solid evindences and even frightening scenes in his “life”. That toy cemetery represents those grown children who are not fitted into the magic of Christmas anymore – meaning 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 Christams itself is the subject but widening our perspective about what is real or possible.

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? Ok, this is meant to be understand the movie, 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.

Rollercoaster on big heights and lows with raindeers

Right, those scenes are my favourite, I guess many people like them. So the first big problem and a good reinforcement comes in from this direction. Raindeers or mooses. Did you notice that the scotish 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 are much more as it is running in, but later on that. Now, mooses are showing us that indeed, this train goes towards North. Canada huh? Right, well 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 decades ago could maybe lay it a little bit higher, huh? Just some intelligent build, you know… well 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. Team work, right with some panic lol. By the way, noticed that the little girl in the driver’s seat is not really sure in herself AGAIN? The main hero reminds me partly many times when he just making up his mind and acts, figuring out the facts later about which one is the break. A real intelligent one.

The mountain top and the Aurora

Wow it is interesting to see that a magical train climbs up to a maountain top on a spiral road and goes towards a very high attitude bridge. The ticketer now speaks about a magical occurence that “somebody or something” helped him long time ago on the train 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 arguements about anything as an adult. Well 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.

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

In the City and the trouble about the jingle bell

Right, The Polar Express, our too much wagoned trained (lol) arrives in to this magical big city and we arrive “in time”. Noticed that time is not even existing? Non-physical world huh? NOT physical! Well our intelligent one points it out a few times.

The young ones are getting into trouble again and our ghost guy shows (wait a minute how did he managed to appear on that exact wagon? yeah yeah everything is possible) the breaks and they finally arrive from a big ride into a parking lot deep under the city. Break/stop it by yourself. Well that partly rudeness finishes him off again lol.

The young girl points out the direction and throughout the movie gains more confidence in her leadership. Billy gains more trust towards his friends. Ok here we go the streets and the stucked 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

OK here is the HQ and seeing some elves discussing a boy’s revenge of being bad lol. Well 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.

Ok the main guys there are called to be at the main square, ready to ride the tube. Well we can see how massive this whole city is, even underground. Some decades or even hundreds of years may passed 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.

We are at the covering/packaging place, well Billy causes the next trouble of his present. A pretty strange occurence again… he is the only one, right there who suddenly sees his present, wow. Coincidences, right? But he can’t let it go, no trust yet, ok let’s ride downwards lol. 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, how the hack 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 50-100s meters away.

On air and being on the square

Our elves know their job really, well 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 heros are in 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…

Here there is the celebration and 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 well 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 our boy wishes? Well I have only guesses, the bell and/or his new friends. Ok times up, we need to go home.

Mr. C. goes on high with those nice raindeers and the music begins, we are ready to go home. Interesting thing that the clock is alerting after we are done with Santa’s show. Btw that rainbow whip is pretty nice.
The tickects are now gaining full meaning and some of them are gaining more values than others. Finally all of the children learnt 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 destiantions surely and Billy is hugged warmly as he needed it because of his character and family background, being poor. Our hero just speaks out a thought, thinking about is this only a dream? YES and NO! Comeon, 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.

Our boy also needed to trust the process as Billy and also he learnt 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. Doubt? Was that only a dream? Don’t think so. The little train model under the tree reminds us 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 in adults. 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 (beleving in the magic), it is still in our guy’s heart deep inside. Well he learnt that if he don’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.