What's the Difference between The Polar Express the Book and The Polar Express the Movie?

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The Polar Express

77%
Released: 1985
Author: Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express

23%
Released: 2004
Director: Robert Zemeckis
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In the Book In the Movie
The Conductor
The Conductor
Portrayed by: Tom Hank
The Hero Boy
The Hero Boy
Portrayed by: Tom Hank
Mother
Mother
Portrayed by: Leslie Zemeckis
Father
Father
Portrayed by: Tom Hanks
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Hobo
Portrayed by: Tom Hanks
The Polar Express Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The little boy is told by a friend that there is no Santa, but he wants to believe. He has doubts of his own and has collected clippings that prove there is no Santa.
   The boy sees the conductor from his window and tip toes out of his room downstairs. He hears the train and runs down stairs and outside to see the train. He sees the conductor after a few minutes.
   The boy is helped onto the train by the conductor. The boy initially declines to get on the train, but after a moment he reconsiders and runs and jumps onto the moving train.
   The children eat nougat filled treats with Hot Chocolate. They only drink hot chocolate.
   The train never slows down on its journey to the North Pole. There are a few stops along the way. Another boy gets on after the first boy hits the emergency brake so he can get on. Train stops when there are many caribou on the tracks. And the train also stops on the middle of a lake after being out of control.
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