Sue’s Christmas Recommendations

QUT Library has so many Christmas movies, books and TV shows to get you into the festive mood. We have asked some our librarians what their all time favourite Christmas movies and books were. Here is what Sue recommends!

The Polar Express (2005) Available on DVD or online via Click View (QUT Login required)

Continuing our theme of best loved Christmas movies, make sure you get hold of The Polar Express before everyone else does.  Bit of a heads up, though – do yourself a favour and read the original, award winning, children’s picture book  by Chris Van Allsburg first so as to fully appreciate the lavish, darkly-themed artwork that became the inspiration for the movie.

What’s it about? Having reached an age where he doubts that Santa is real, a young boy (we never learn his name) wakes suddenly on Christmas Eve to see a mysterious steam train in the falling snow outside of his bedroom. Imagine his amazement when he realises that the train is waiting for him to board, ready for their journey to the North Pole! This movie is not like other Christmas films.  It has a magical, shadowy quality which characterises it, just like the beautiful full-page illustrations found in the original book.  It is this that appeals to me so strongly.  My children and I enjoyed reading the book together for several years before the movie’s release in 2004 and I was delighted that the film remains so stylistically true to the book’s artwork.

The movie is a 3D animation using motion capture and is entered in the Guinness World Book of Records as being the world’s first all-digital capture film.  The music is amazing, featuring an original score by Alan Silvestri along with many well-loved Christmas favourites.

I would recommend this movie for children aged perhaps 7+ as it may be a bit dark for the littlies.  Having said that, this is a heart-warming, powerful and endearing movie that continues to be a seasonal favourite at our house.

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