Finally saw The Polar Express last night and was rewarded with quite a spectacle (in spite of my skepticism - this wasn't first on my list.) Definitely see it in the theatre if you're going to. It's like a Doug Trumbull RideFilm. Dazzling animation, which I didn't find creepy at all, rather humbling.
Who wrote the code that makes the mother's dress swish so realistically? How about the snow code? The digital fire? Reindeer muscles rippling?
My favorite part was the Elf Celebration at the North Pole, when Steven Tyler belts out an Aerosmith-style Christmas tune. At that moment my dear mother, with great pride and joy, turned to me and loudly announced:
"It's Mick Jagger!!!"