Next year will mark ten years since the movie release of The Polar Express, the animated version of a popular children’s book that featured Tom Hanks in multiple roles. That means the kids who grew up on Polar Express are now celebrating Christmas as adults (many of them, at least).
And for most, that includes a viewing with hot chocolate.
We’re not sure when or why hot chocolate became a tradition or a food of Christmas. But we do know the happy association of hot chocolate with Christmas is celebrated and continued in Polar Express and that folks everywhere now cannot escape a quiet December evening featuring the movie with a cup of hot cocoa.
The great bit about this clip below is that Polar Express was made using motion capture technology meaning that actors such as Tom Hanks had to actually act — move, film, speak, etc — in their parts for real so that their movements and subtle inflections could be picked up for the animation. And that happened for every scene — except for the hot chocolate sequence shown below because what the actors in the animation do is actually physically impossible.
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