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Besides Hero Boy, Hero Girl, Know-It-All and Billy, several other children are seen onboard the Polar Express in both the book and film. While they are not referred to by name in the movie, their names are revealed on a model sheet that is featured in The Art of the Polar Express.[1]


  • Angie
  • Betty
  • Cindy
  • Gaby
  • Hannah
  • Josh
  • Juan
  • Kelsey
  • Laura
  • Madison
  • Marvin
  • Patty
  • Paulie
  • Ping
  • Reggie
  • Robbie
  • Scotty
  • Stuart
  • Zander

Behind the scenes

Chris Van Allsburg modelled the children in the book on neighbors of writer David Macaulay.[2] The children in the film are loosely based on those in the book.[1]

Sometimes, a specific shot was framed to avoid having children appear because scenes with large amounts of children on-screen proved to be expensive.[3] Initially, shots that did feature more children caused Maya to crash frequently. The animators went around this by splitting the scenes into smaller parts and putting them together after they were rendered.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cotta Vaz, Mark. Starkey, Steve. (November 4, 2004) The Art of the Polar Express, Chronicle Books. p. 32 & 35. ISBN 978-0811846592.
  2. "A Conversation with Chris Van Allsburg by Anita Silvey".
  3. Schaub, David (February 15, 2005). "'The Polar Express' Diary: Part 2 -- Performance Capture & the MoCap/Anim Process". Animation World Network.
  4. Schaub, David (February 22, 2005). "'The Polar Express' Diary: Part 3 -- The MoCap/Anim Process". Animation World Network.
Children Hero Boy (Chris) Hero Girl (Holly) Know-It-All Billy the Lonely Boy Sister Sarah Gus the Toothless Boy Boy on Train Blonde Girl (Heather) Little Boy Young Boy Steven Unnamed Kids
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