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The Polar Express (2004) poster

Narrator: On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound I was afraid I'd never hear. The ringing bells of Santa's sleigh.

[SIZZLES] [GASPS] [JINGLING] [CLANGING] [JINGLING]

Dad: All right. All right, Sarah. You had your water. Now let's get you upstairs and into bed.

Sarah: But... But... But, I have to... He said Santa would have to fly faster than the speed of light to get to every house in one night. And to hold everyone's presents his sled would be bigger than an ocean liner.

Dad: Your brother said that? He was just kidding you. He knows there's a Santa.

Sarah: He said he wasn't sure. He wasn't sure if Santa was for real.

Dad: Of course Santa's for real. He's as real as Christmas itself.

Mom: But he won't come until you're sound asleep, young lady. Sweet dreams.

Dad: Santa will be here before you know it. So go to sleep. [The bells jingled and Dad heads to bed.]

Hero Boy: Hmm... Mm-hm. "Stark, barren. Devoid of life."

Dad: He's gotta be asleep by now.

Mom: He used to stay awake all night waiting for Santa.

Dad: Think those days are just about over.

Mom: That would be sad if that were true.

Dad: Yeah, an end of the magic.

Mom: Merry Christmas, sweetheart.

Dad: See, he's out like a light. An express train wouldn't wake him up now.

Hero Boy: [thinking] "End of the magic"?

[The ticking of the clock continues until it stops. There was a rumble and grumble around the house and an unexpected whistle blowing and chugging of a passenger train hits the brakes and idles next to the Hero Boy's house.]

Conductor: All aboard! All aboard! Well? You coming?

Hero Boy: Where?

Conductor: Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is the Polar Express.

Hero Boy: The North Pole? I see.

Conductor: Hold this, please. Thank you. Is this you?

Hero Boy: Yeah.

Conductor: Well, it says here, no photo with a department-store Santa this year, no letter to Santa. And you made your sister put out the milk and cookies. Mm-mm. Sounds to me like this is your crucial year. If I were you, I would think about climbing onboard. Come on, come on, come on. I've got a schedule to keep... Oh. Suit yourself.

[The Polar Express blows its whistle and the conductor clears his throat and the Hero Boy embarks on the train.]

Kids: *singing* 'Cause that's the way things happen on the Polar Express! Whoo, whoo, the whistle blows That's the sound of her singing. Ding, ding, the bell will ring, Golly, look at her go! You wonder if we'll get there soon Anybody's guess 'Cause that's the way things happen On the Polar Express! When we get there, We'll scream, "Yay!" We'll arrive with a bang, bang, bang, Boom, boom, boom, Laughing all the way. With a comfy seat and lots to eat. Boy, it's just the best. Wish it wouldn't ever have to end. With a little luck, we'll be on time. There's no need to stress. 'Cause that's the way things happen On the Polar Express

Know-it-All: Hey. Hey, you. Yeah, you. Do you know what kind of train this is?

Hero Boy: Huh?

Know-it-All: Train. Do you know what kind of train this is? Well, do you?

Hero Boy: Uh...

Hero Girl: Of course. It's a magic train. We're going to the North Pole.

Know-it-All: I know it's a magic train. Actually it's a Baldwin 2-8-4 S3-class steam locomotive built in 1931 at the Baldwin Locomotive Works. It weighs 456,100 pounds and... (for the USA)/LNER 4-6-2 A3-class steam locomotive built in 1922 Doncaster Works to a design of Nigel Gresley. It weighs 180 pounds...

Hero Boy: Are we really going to the North Pole?

Know-it-All: Hey, look, everybody!

Kids:Mm-hm. Isn't that wonderful? Herpolsheimer's! Herpolsheimer's! *cheering* Wow, look at all those presents. I want all of them. It's so Christmassy and cozy and beautiful!

Conductor: Tickets. Tickets, please. Tickets. Ticket, please. Try your pocket. Try your other pocket. Thank you, sir.

Kid: Hey, watch out, there.

Conductor: Thank you, sir. Uh-uh-uh. That is a public-address microphone. It is not a toy.

Know-it-All: Boy, that guy sure likes to show off. Look what that wise guy punched on my ticket.

Hero Boy: "L-E." What the heck does that mean?

Conductor: Next stop, 11344 Edbrooke. We're heading for the other side of the tracks. [Outside, the conductor visited Billy] Well? You coming? Ah, it's just another pickup. That's weird. I thought you were supposed to be the last one.

Conductor: Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is the Polar Express. Suit yourself.

[The Polar Express' whistle blows]

Hero Boy: Hey, that kid wants to get on the train. Come on! Hurry up! We have to stop the train.

Hero Girl: I don't know how.

Know-it-All: Pull the emergency brake!

[The train stopped and the kids are groaning.]

Conductor: Who in the blazes applied that emergency brake?!

Know-it-All: He did.

Conductor: You. In case you didn't know, that cord is for emergency purposes only. And in case you weren't aware, tonight *waves at engineers* is Christmas Eve. And in case you hadn't noticed, this train is on a very tight schedule. Now, young man, Christmas may not be important to some people but it is very important to the rest of us!

Hero Boy: But... But...

Hero Girl: He was just trying to stop the train so that kid could get on.

Conductor: Hmm. I see. Young man, is that what happened? [The Hero Boy took it a yes.]

Conductor: Well... Let me remind you we are on a very tight schedule. And I've never been late before and I am certainly not going to be late tonight. Now, everybody, take your seats, please! Thank you.

[The Polar Express resumes its journey again]

Conductor: *on the mic* Your attention, please. Are there any Polar Express passengers in need of refreshment?

Kids: Me! Me! Me!

Conductor: *on the mic* I thought so.

[The waiters enter the passenger car, tap dancing]

Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Oh, we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Hey, we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Say, we got it
Waiters: Hot chocolate
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Oh, we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: So we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Yo, we got it
Waiters: Hot chocolate
Conductor: Here we've only got one rule
Never, ever let it cool
Keep it cooking in the pot
Then you got...
Waiters: ...Hot chocolate!
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Oh, we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Hey, we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Say, we got it
Waiters: Hot chocolate
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Oh, we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: So we got it
Waiters: Hot, hot
Conductor: Yo, we got it
Waiters: Hot chocolate
Conductor: Here we only got one rule
Waiters: Here we only got one rule
Conductor:Never, ever let it cool
Waiters: Never, ever let it cool.
Keep it cooking in the pot.
Conductor: Soon you got hot chocolate.
Conductor: Hot, hot.
Waiters: Hey, we got it.
Conductor: Hot, hot
Waiters: Oh, we got it
Conductor: Hot, hot
Waiters: Yeah, we got it
Conductor: Hot, hot
Waiters: Oh, we got it
Conductor: Hot, hot
Waiters: Yeah, we got it
Conductor: Hot, hot
Waiters: Oh, we got it
Conductor: Hot, hot
Waiters: Yeah, we got it

[The waiters wrapped up everything and turns back the chairs the way it was and the conductor shuts the sliding door. End of Hot Chocolate.]

[All the kids chattering as they were relieved with hot chocolate.]

Know-it-All: You know, Montezuma, the king of the Aztecs would drink 50 quarts of hot chocolate every day. It was thick as mud and red. He put chili pepper in instead of sugar. Get it? Hot chocolate?

Kid: How do you know? That's not true.

Hero Boy: Where you going with that?

Hero Girl: It's for him. - I don't think we're to leave our seats. - It's a violation of safety regulations... ...for a kid to cross moving cars without a grown-up. I think I'll be okay. Are you sure? [FOOTSTEPS]

Conductor: What about this lad in the back? Did he get any refreshment?

Hero Boy: Uh-uh.

Conductor: Well, let's take some to him, by all means. Watch your step, now. Watch your step.

Hero Boy: Uh-oh. She forgot her ticket. It hasn't been punched.

Know-it-All: Hey, what are you doing? You're gonna get us all in trouble! [WOLF HOWLING] [BIRD SPITS]

CONDUCTOR: Young lady, forgive me. I believe I have neglected to punch your ticket. May I? I left my ticket right here on the seat. - But it's gone. - You mean... ...you have lost your ticket. She didn't lose her ticket. I did. I was trying to return it to you. But the wind blew it out of my hand. [SIGHS] You can have my ticket. [CONDUCTOR YELLS] These tickets are not transferable. Young lady... ...you will just have to come along with me. You know what's gonna happen now? He's gonna throw her off the train. Yeah, he's gonna probably throw her right off the rear platform. Standard procedure. That way, she won't get sucked under the wheels. They may slow the train down, but they're never gonna stop it. Stop it? That's it! I have to stop the train again.

Know-it-All: No, please, don't do that again.

HERO BOY: Where'd they go? What happened to them? Please, she's in big trouble. You have to help me. Hey! Hey! I found your ticket! Wait! Hey! Wait! I have your ticket! [MAN SINGING INDISTINCTLY] Is there something I can do for you? I'm looking for a girl. A gi...? [LAUGHING] Ain't we all? I have her ticket. Well, lookie. Lookie here. What is this? This is an official, authentic, genuine ticket to ride. Oh, you better keep this in a safe place, young man. If I was you... I keep all my valuables right here. Right here in the old size 13. Experience shows this is the safest place. Not that I have much use for those. Tickets. I ride for free. Oh, yeah, yeah. I hop aboard this rattler any time I feels like it. I own this train. Oh, yeah. It's like I'm the king of this train. Yeah. The king of the Pol Ex. In fact, I am the king of the North Pole! Oh, where's my manners? Sit, sit. Sit. Take a load off. Hey, would you like some Joe? Nice hot refreshment. Perfect for a cold winter's night. [COUGHING] There. Bless you. What about Santa? - Santa? - Isn't he the king of the North Pole? You mean this guy? Huh? Ho-ho-ho, ho-ho-ho. What exactly is your persuasion on the big man? Since you brought him up. Well, I... I want to believe. - But... - But you don't wanna be bamboozled. You don't wanna be led down the primrose path. You don't wanna be conned or duped, have the wool pulled over your eyes. Hoodwinked. You don't wanna be taken for a ride, railroaded. Seeing is believing. Am I right? But what about this train? What about it? We're all really going to the North Pole... ...aren't we? Aren't we? Are you saying that this is all just a dream? You said it, kid. Not me. Ah. So let's go find that girl. One other thing. Do you believe in ghosts? Interesting.

HERO BOY: Wait. Wait! Wait! I have to wake up. Yeah. I have to wake up. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up! Wake up, wake up. Wake up, wake up! [WHISTLE BLOWS]

HOBO: Kid! Kid, get your head out of the clouds! Wake up, kid! There's no sleepwalking on the Polar Express. We gotta jump them knuckles. Come on, kid. Flip my shoulders. Grab my lily. [GRUNTS] That skirt you're chasing must have moved on ahead. - We gotta hightail it to the hog, pronto. - To the hog? The engine. The engine, you tenderfoot. We gotta make the engine before we hit Flat Top Tunnel. How come? So many questions. There is but one inch of clearance between the roof of this rattler... ...and the roof of Flat Top Tunnel. Savvy? It's just the run up to the hump, kid. This will be interesting. [GRUNTING] Get back on, kid. Hurry! Grab my muck stick. [SCREAMING] There's only one trick to this, kid. When I say "jump"... ...you jump! Ah! You. I thought you got thrown off, and... - You're driving the train? - They put me in charge. - The engineer had to check the light.

ENGINEER: Here's the light. Careful. All right, now. - Oh! - Oh! I got it. [SCREAMING] - How do you know how? - It's easy. Come here, I'll show you. This big lever here, that's the throttle. This little one here, that's the brake. And those are the pressure gauges. And that rope is the whistle. - The whistle. - Mm-hm. You wanna try it? [WHISTLE BLOWS] I've wanted to do that my whole life. [WHISTLE BLOWS] [SCREAMING] Hold still! Hold still! Don't move! Look! [SCREAMING] Stop the train! Stop the train! Stop the train! What? They want us to stop the train. [GASPS] - Which one is the brake? - He told me this was. - Who? - The engineer. - The engineer? This one looks like a brake. - No, he said this was the brake. Are you sure? - Uh... - Are you sure? ENGINEER: Pull the brake! Stop the train! [SCREAMING] Caribou? - Ugh.

Conductor: There could BE no Christmas without the Polar Express arriving on time. Am I the only one who understands that? YOU! I should have known. Young man, are you bound and determined that this train never reaches the North Pole?

Hero Girl: But look.

Conductor: CARIBOU CROSSING?!!!?!!

ENGINEER: I make that herd to be at least 100,000, maybe even a million. It's gonna be hours before they clear this track. - A tough nut to crack.

Conductor: We are in some serious jelly. - And a jam. - Tight spot. - Up a creek. - Up a tree. - Lost in the grass. - I'll tell you what's grass: Our a... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

[CARIBOU WHINES]

  • Conductor pulls the engineer's beard* OHROUGH! HROUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEHHH!!!

[WHINES]

  • Conductor pulls the engineer's beard again* ORGH, OURGH! HHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[WHINES]

Conductor: Problem solved. All ahead, slow. [GRUNTS]

Hero Boy: We're going pretty fast.

Conductor: Tell the engineer to slow down.

Hero Girl: Slow it down. Watch the speed! Ah! Jumping jeepers, the cotter pin sheared off. - What? - The pin. - Where? - There. - Oh, no. - Oh, no. - They can't hear me.

Conductor: They can't? Oh... I don't like the look of this. Quick, under the safety bar. Is everything all right? What should we do? Considering we've lost communication with the engineer... ...we are standing totally exposed on the front of the locomotive... ...the train appears to be accelerating uncontrollably... ...and we are rapidly approaching Glacier Gulch... ...which just happens to be the steepest downhill grade in the world... ...I suggest we all hold on... ...tightly!

All: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - The pin! - The pin! [GRUNTING] Shiver me Christmas, the ice has frozen over the tracks. Hold on. Hold on. No, no. Come on. Watch your step. Come on, sweetie. Up you go. Up you go. - Shh. - Put your feet on here. On here.

Conductor: Little adventure, huh? Young man, quick thinking on your part. Step to your left, please. To your left. Oh! Well, that is more like it. What in the name of Mike? [CRACKING] Look. Get us the blazes out of here! Turn this sled around. Look there. Tracks. Dead ahead. Right. Left. Right. Hang a Louie. Toss over cheese. Port astern. To the starboard.

HERO BOY: My slipper. - You're gonna lose your ticket. It's not my ticket, it's yours. - It's my ticket? - Yes. Right. Keep up with me. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. - Oh, no! - Oh, no! Brace yourselves! Well, that's more like it. Thank you. Thank you. I can't believe you found my ticket. Did someone say they found a ticket? Well, in that case... Tickets, please. [COUGHS] Thank you. HERO GIRL: "L-E"? - Hey, just like that know-it-all kid.

Conductor: Watch your step. Tricky walking up here. It's mighty slick. Mighty slick, I tell you. Oh, whoop... There you go. What did I tell you? Years ago, on my first Christmas Eve run, I was up on the roof making my rounds... ...when I slipped on the ice myself. I reached out for a hand iron, but it broke off. I slid and fell. And yet, I did not fall off this train. Someone saved you? Or something. An angel. Maybe. Wait. Wait. What did he look like? Did you see him? No, sir. But sometimes seeing is believing. And sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see. Ah, the forsaken and the abandoned. Mind your step, now. These poor toys have suffered enough... ...being left to rust and decay in the back alleys and vacant lots of the world. What are they doing here? It's a new concept the boss came up with. Instead of being thrown away, they're collected. Refurbished. He calls it "rebicycling. " Something like that.

HERO GIRL: Makes me wanna cry... ...seeing toys that were treated this way.

Conductor: These hopelessly entangled... ...string puppets and marionettes... ...pose a particular problem. We found the nimble fingers of our work force... ...here at the North Pole are best for working out those knots and tangles. Thank you. Uh-oh. Double-locked here. You are just like me, my friend. - A scrooge! - Ah! Ebenezer Scrooge. North Pole, Santa Claus, this train... ...it's all a bunch of humbug. A bout of indigestion. Oh, yeah. I know what you are. You're a doubter. A doubter. You don't believe! You're a doubter! You don't believe! [KIDS LAUGHING AND CHATTERING] Hey, you missed it. We rode down some really sharp hills. We were on what looked like a frozen lake. But I know it was just an optical illusion caused by moonlight. He said the train was on ice. But I said that's impossible... You can't put a train track... Hey, where you going now? [INDISTINCT SINGING] Shh.

LONELY BOY [SINGING]: I'm wishing on a star And trying to believe That even though it's far He'll find me Christmas Eve I guess that Santa's busy 'Cause he's never come around I think of him When Christmas comes to town The best time of the year When everyone comes home With all this Christmas cheer It's hard to be alone Putting up the Christmas tree With friends who come around It's so much fun When Christmas comes to town Presents for the children Wrapped in red and green All the things I've heard about But never really seen No one will be sleeping On the night of Christmas Eve Hoping Santa's on his way When Santa's sleighbells ring I listen all around The herald angels sing I never hear a sound And all the dreams of children Once lost will all be found That's all I want When Christmas comes to town That's all I want When Christmas comes to town

Hero Girl: Look.

Hero Boy: The northern lights.

CONDUCTOR: Hey. You three. We just crossed it. Latitude 66°33'. The Arctic Circle. And do you see? Those lights in the distance. They look like the lights of a strange ocean liner sailing on a frozen sea. There... ...is the North Pole.

Kids: It's a magic carpet on a rail It never takes a rest Flying through The mountains and the snow You can ride for free and join the fun If you just say yes 'Cause that's the way things happen On the Polar Express Whoo, whoo, the whistle blows That's the sound of her singing Ding, ding, the bell will ring Golly, look at her go You wonder if you'll get there soon Anybody's guess 'Cause that's the way things happen On the Polar Express When we get there We'll scream, "Yay!" We'll arrive with A bang, bang, bang Boom, boom, boom Laughing all the way

CONDUCTOR: We made it. With five minutes to spare. We made it. [LAUGHING] [SOBS]

HERO GIRL: There should be elves. Where are the elves?

Kid: Yeah, where are the elves?

CONDUCTOR: They are gathering in the center of the city. That is where Santa will give the first gift of Christmas. Who gets the first gift of Christmas? He will choose one of you. - Look. - Elves! [MARCHING FOOTSTEPS]

CONDUCTOR: All right. All right, ladies and gentlemen. Two columns, if you please. Shorter in the front, taller in the rear. Even-numbered birthdays on the right, odd-numbered on the left. No pushing. No pushing. But let's not dilly-dally. It's five minutes to midnight. Hey, what gives? It was five minutes till midnight four minutes ago. Exactly. Columns of two. - One, two.

HERO GIRL: Excuse me. - Question. - What about him? No one is required to see Santa. Ladies and gentlemen, you do not have to hold hands... - Come on. ... but please remain in your columns... ...while we are in transit. - Look, you have to come with us. - She's right. Christmas just doesn't work out for me. Never has. But Christmas is such a wonderful, beautiful time. It's a time for giving and being thankful, for friends and family. People hang decorations and lights. Santa leaves presents under our Christmas trees. Christmas just... ...doesn't work out for me. Look, I don't know if Christmas is gonna work out for you or not... ...but this is Christmas Eve. Don't stay here by yourself.

HERO GIRL: Yes, come with us. We'll go together. [CREAKING]

HERO GIRL: Oh, no.

HERO BOY: Uh-oh.

HERO BOY: We're gonna be okay. [BUZZING] Maybe not! The emergency brake. The emergency brake. There's no brake. I can't find the brake!

HOBO: Take a break, kid. How about a nice, good hot cup of Joe? [SCREAMING]

HERO GIRL: We're gonna crash! [GRUNTING] We're spinning. ["WINTER WONDERLAND" PLAYS ON RECORD PLAYER] Shh. You hear that? The bell.

HERO BOY: What bell? - The sleighbell. - Sleighbell? - Don't you hear it? It's coming from that tunnel. That's the way we should go. Come on. Oh. [SONG SKIPPING AND REPEATING] What? - What? - Come on. ["SILVER BELLS" PLAYS ON RECORD PLAYER] Come on.

HERO BOY: We're lost.

HERO GIRL: Yes. - Yes. I hear it.

LONELY BOY: I hear it too. - I don't hear anything. - Okay, it's down this way. Are you sure? Absolutely. - Why can't I hear anything? - Shh. Get down and be quiet. [PHONE RINGING]

ELF: Yeah. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Okay. Well, that was the wrapping hall, chief. - Just finished the last one.

ELF GENERAL: How's it wrapped?

ELF: It's wrapped in candy-striped red with a number-seven holly-green bow.

ELF GENERAL: A number-seven bow? When we're this close to liftoff? What are they thinking down there? Are they meshuggener? - What's the routing? - Going to the States. Grand Rapids, Michigan. [GASPS] That's my town. I'm from Grand Rapids. [ALARM BUZZING]

ELF GENERAL: We got a troublemaker now. Just what we need. Things aren't bad enough. What's his 20? Apparently, some kid from Maplewood, New Jersey... ...stuck some gum in his sister's hair.

ELF GENERAL: New Jersey? Is that the same kid that put the tack... ...underneath his teacher's chair last year? - No, sir. This kid's name is Steven. - Steven. So, what do we do, chief? Alert the big man? We talking nothing for Christmas here? I didn't do it. I didn't do it.

ELF GENERAL: Look, it's... It's almost Christmas, huh? We'll cut the kid a break. But put him on the check-twice list for next year. All right, boys. Let's shut it down, all right. That's it for this year. Come on. - Hey, boss, are we taking the pneumatic? - Of course we're taking the pneumatic. It's the only way to get to the square on time. - Let's go.

ELF GENERAL: And time is money. Ready, and mount. Good. Close.

HERO GIRL: All right, get in.

HERO BOY: I don't know about this.

HERO GIRL: I don't hear it. Do you?

Lonley Boy: No.

HERO BOY: I think we should follow those arrows. I thought there'd be a way out.

HERO GIRL: We're gonna miss everything. [BUZZING]

HERO BOY: Hey, look. A present. It's going to my town. To someone named Billy. - My name is Billy. - It's going to 11344 Edbrooke Avenue. That's my address. Come on. [SCREAMING] [SCREAMING] Look. It says, "Merry Christmas, Billy. From Mr. C." I think I know what it is. I wanted one of these my whole life. Wait, wait. Stop. Look.

LONELY BOY: But I... Those are the rules. [CREAKING] [CREAKING STOPS] [CREAKING] Ah! Something's got me. It's got my leg.

HERO GIRL: I can't hold him. Give me your other hand. Give me your other hand. - I can't. - On three. One, two, three. - Look. - It's still got me. On three again. One, two, three. - You. - You. - What are you doing here? - Same as you. Checking out my presents. Making sure I'm getting everything on my list. All I found was one present. All it had was stupid underwear. Look.

ELF [ON SPEAKER]: You may start your descent any time now. At your convenience, of course. It's still five to. I think we're gonna make it. Of course we will. It's been five to for the last hour. We got plenty of time. We got nothing but time. We got time to kill.

HERO BOY: You know what? I don't think we're gonna make it. I may be just an old railroader... ...and know nothing about lighter-than-air craft... ...but from my layman's perspective, you need more altitude!

CROWD: More altitude!

ELF [ON SPEAKER]: Altitude, please. A bit more altitude, please.

ELVES: Geronimo! [CHEERING] The Flying Elves. They are specialists. Do not try that at home, kids. Do not try that at home. We're not gonna make it. [CROWD GASPS] [HORN BLOWING] [SCREAMING] [CHEERING] A well-oiled machine. Whew. All right, you stowaways. - Party's over. - I was just following them. We fell in here by mistake.

ELF 1: Ah, forget about it. We knew you was in there the whole time. Come on, out you go.

ELF 2: Let's go, come on. Step up, step up. There we go. Not a problem. Come on. Watch your step. There you go. So nobody gets hurt, here's how we're gonna get you guys down. - This is simple. Why, I know... - What do you know? You're not supposed to be here in the first place. But since it's Christmas, I'm gonna let you slide. Hey. Ow.

CONDUCTOR: Been looking for you. [ELVES LAUGHING] ELF 1: There you go. Watch your step. Careful.

ELF 3: Beautiful form. Beautiful. Nice to see you again. Cutting it kind of close, aren't we? - I'll take care of this. - Uh-uh. It's in good hands. Trust me. [CHEERING]

ELVES [SINGING]: It's the spirit of the season You can feel it in the air You can hear it if you listen Everywhere So much care Like a prayer Whatever it is You need to share it It's the spirit of the season [HORNS PLAY] It's the spirit of the season You can feel it in the air Aren't those bells the most beautiful sound? [SINGING "SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN"] [CHEERING] ["SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN" PLAYS OVER SPEAKERS] He's here! He's here! Where? I see him. He's over there. I can't see him. I can't see him. I can't see him! [HOOVES CLATTERING] [MUSIC PLAYS IN SLOW MOTION] [BELL DOESN'T RING]

VOICE: Doubter. Doubter. Okay. Okay. I believe. I believe. [WHISPERS] I believe. [BELL RINGS] What was that you said? I... I believe. I believe. I... I believe that this is yours. Well... Thank you.

KNOW-IT-ALL: Me, me. Pick me, Santa.

HERO GIRL: What are you doing? Stop it.

KNOW-IT-ALL: Pick me, pick me. I want the first gift.

HERO GIRL: Hush. Young man... ...patience. And a smidgen of humility might also serve you well. Yes, sir. And you, young lady... A lady of decision. Full of confidence and spirit. Christmas spirit. Ho-ho-ho. Keep up the good work. Thank you. And Billy. It is Billy? I see you've made some new friends. Yes, sir. I sure have. That's a lucky lad. There's no greater gift than friendship. And speaking of gifts... ...let's have this young fellow right here. [CHEERING] Now... ...what would you like for Christmas? Me. You. [INAUDIBLE WHISPERING] Yes. Indeed. Hm. Yes, indeed. The first gift of Christmas! [CHEERING] This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas... ...as am I. [LAUGHS] Just remember... ...the true spirit of Christmas... ...lies in your heart. [BELLS RINGING] Merry Christmas. Better keep that in a safe place. Oh.

KNOW-IT-ALL: Hey, hey. Man alive, are you lucky. Ho-ho-ho. Pull, Comet. Pull, boy! Prancer, that's a girl. Good boy, Donder. Oh, ho-ho-ho. Now, Dasher. Now, Prancer and Vixen. It's everything I dreamed it would be. Could all...? Could all this be nothing but a dream? No.

SANTA: To the top of the roof To the top of the wall Now, dash away, dash away Dash away all [JINGLING] [CHEERING] All aboard!

Elf Singer: One, two. One, two, three, go. Rockin ' on top of the world Rockin ' on top of the world The place is hoppin ' There ain't no stoppin ' Rockin ' on top of the world Lift your spirits, swing that girl Rockin ' on top of the world Tonight, yeah Come on, shorty!

Conductor: Show your tickets. Have your tickets ready. Remember to eat the five basic food groups. Ticket, please. And please brush after every meal. [GROANING]

Conductor: Remember to duck and cover. All right, you. Ticket, please.

KNOW-IT-ALL: "Lean. " Whatever that's supposed to mean.

Conductor: "Lean" is spelled with four letters. I believed I punched five.

KNOW-IT-ALL: Hey, are you saying I don't know how to...? Oh, I'm sorry. It says "learn. " My mistake.

Conductor: Lesson learned. Ticket.

Conductor: That is some special ticket. Sure is. So can you count on us to get you home safe and sound? Absolutely. Me... ...and my friends. Ticket. It says "lead. " Like "lead balloon. " I believe it also is pronounced "lead. " As in "leader," "leadership. " "Lead the way. " Follow you anywhere, ma'am. Ah, yes. Young man with all the questions. Ticket. - It says... - Don't... It's nothing I need to know. - Come on, let's see the bell.

GIRL 1: Let's see it.

BOY 1: Come on, let's see the bell. - Show us the bell.

KNOW-IT-ALL: Yeah, let's see the bell. It's gone.

BOY 2: Where is it? - I lost it. I lost the bell from Santa's sleigh.

BOY 3: It's gone?

LONELY BOY: Don't worry. - We'll... We'll find it.

BOY 4: Yeah, we'll find it. Yeah, we'll help you. All of us. Yeah, let's hurry out and find it right now. [TRAIN CHUGGING] It's too late. Gee, that's really too bad. Really. I'm sorry.

Conductor: *on the mic* 11344 Edbrooke. Next stop, 11344 Edbrooke. Hey, where you going? Home. Oh, okay. Merry Christmas. Thanks for stopping the train for me. Have a wonderful Christmas. Watch your step, please. And merry Christmas. Look. [TRAIN SHUDDERS] Santa got to Billy's house already. Look, look! Santa got here! Isn't that amazing? It is amazing. It is amazing. I'm sorry about the bell. It was a really special present. Well, you know what they say. It's the thought that counts. Yeah. Well, see you. Well... ...see you. See you.

Conductor: Watch your step, please.

Hero Boy: Thank you.

Conductor: No, thank you. One thing about trains: It doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on.

CONDUCTOR [MUFFLED]: Merry Christmas!

Hero Boy: W-What?

Conductor: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sarah: Wake up. Wake up. Santa's been here. Santa's been here. Hurry up. Hurry up! Mom, Dad, wake up. Wake up! Santa's been here! Santa's been here! Mom, Dad, look! He brought us all kinds of stuff! Look, a train!

Sarah: This is the most beautiful-est, most wonderful-est Christmas ever. Wait. Look. Here's one more. Has your name on it. [BELL RINGS] [BELL RINGS]

SANTA: Found this on the seat of my sleigh. Better fix that hole in your pocket. Mr. C. [BELL RINGS]

MOM: Oh, what a beautiful bell. Who's it from? - Santa. - Santa? Really? - Oh, that's too bad.

DAD: What's this? Broken. Huh? Sorry about that, sport. [BELL RINGS]

MOM: Come on, kids. We don't wanna be late.

NARRATOR: At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell. But as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found, one Christmas, that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old... ...the bell still rings for me. As it does for all who truly believe.