17 Hidden Scenes in Polar

Following is our collection of Polar facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Polar film message.

In The Polar Express (2004), the turn radius of the track on this uphill spiral is so tight that the train cars have to bend.
In The Polar Express (2004), the turn radius of the track on this uphill spiral is so tight that the train cars have to bend.

In The Polar Express, just before the main character finally declares, "I believe," depending on your speakers, you may or may not have been able to hear a barely audible voice inside the bell whispering to him, "Doubter... Doubter..."

Polar Movie Trivia Facts

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Just before the train arrives, the boy's clock stops at exactly five minutes to midnight. Later, near the end of the movie, the know-it-all boy notes "it was five minutes to midnight four minutes ago," meaning time was frozen for almost the entire movie.

  2. The main characters ticket is the only one punched behind the conductors back - highlighting the fact that believing isn't about what you can see.

Polar Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - As the train begins to enter the North Pole, a memorial statue to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is briefly seen out of the window.
    As the train begins to enter the North Pole, a memorial statue to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is briefly seen out of the window.
  • You can see a flux capacitor in the locomotive.

  • The amount of train cars never stays consistent

  • 1 - After being seperated from the rest of the passengers, the three protagonists try to regroup with the train. Near the city center, the Girl and Billy hear bells ringing but the Boy can't. However a record is repeating the lines "Ring-a-ling" clueing the audience to the bells.
    After being seperated from the rest of the passengers, the three protagonists try to regroup with the train. Near the city center, the Girl and Billy hear bells ringing but the Boy can't. However a record is repeating the lines "Ring-a-ling" clueing the audience to the bells.

Polar Hidden Facts

1 - The girl stows away a cup of hot chocolate for Billy, the kid in the other car. The cup of Hot chocolate can be been under the seat in a different frame
The girl stows away a cup of hot chocolate for Billy, the kid in the other car. The cup of Hot chocolate can be been under the seat in a different frame

When the boy and the hobo are skiing down the top of the train you can see the light flickering on the front of the train before the engineers change it in the next scene.

1 - The number 1225 is seen throughout the movie (here as the keystone of a tunnel) in reference to the train the Polar Express was based off of which was the Pere Marquette #1225
The number 1225 is seen throughout the movie (here as the keystone of a tunnel) in reference to the train the Polar Express was based off of which was the Pere Marquette #1225
1 - A model P-38 (a fighter/escort/interceptor used in WWII) is shown. It is revealed that the movie takes place mid to late 50s, around a decade after WWII ended.
A model P-38 (a fighter/escort/interceptor used in WWII) is shown. It is revealed that the movie takes place mid to late 50s, around a decade after WWII ended.
1 - ...now bare with me...Duncan is involved in 2 sex scenes. Both times he is interrupted. Now, I don't know if the movie was actually this smart, but that could be symbolic of Duncan not being allowed to effectively "finish" his career and instead being dragged back into it reluctantly.
...now bare with me...Duncan is involved in 2 sex scenes. Both times he is interrupted. Now, I don't know if the movie was actually this smart, but that could be symbolic of Duncan not being allowed to effectively "finish" his career and instead being dragged back into it reluctantly.

Detail I just noticed for the holidays!

When the boy puts the bell from Santa in his pocket, there is a subtle thud as it falls through and hits the sleigh floor (1:42 in this video)

1 - Carmille is startled by loud bangs, implying a traumatic experience with gunshots, even though the gun fired during the past event was equipped with a silencer. This is (likely) an onscreen portrayal of the Exaggerated Startle Response, a symptom of PTSD.
Carmille is startled by loud bangs, implying a traumatic experience with gunshots, even though the gun fired during the past event was equipped with a silencer. This is (likely) an onscreen portrayal of the Exaggerated Startle Response, a symptom of PTSD.
Polar poster
Polar poster

Polar Plot

A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Polar. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Jonas Åkerlund
Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Fei Ren
IMDB score 6.3