The Polar Express is my favorite Christmas movie. So I hope you have seen it. The animation is slightly horrifying and the main character is never actually given a name, but there is one all-redeeming feature. The hobo.
There’s a hobo in this movie. If you didn’t want to watch it before, you surely do now.
Now, if you have already watched The Polar Express, you have probably wondered who the heck the hobo actually is.
This post is dedicated to that question. We’ll take a vote at the end.
This has always been the thought lingering in the back of my mind when I am watching this movie.
I mean, he does a spot-on Santa-laugh impression. And whips a random Santa hat out of his coat. And wears bright red fingerless mittens. And calls himself “the King of the North Pole!”
All good reasons to believe that he is Santa, to my way of thinking.
2. The Boy’s Guardian Angel
You would have to admit that this dude is always conveniently present when the boy’s life is in danger. Not to mention that no one else ever seem to see him.
Definitely seems personal to that particular boy.
3. A Fallen Angel
On the other hand, he is awfully dirty. And generally fits the image I’ve always had of a fallen angel trying to redeem himself.
Kind of like Clarence?
4. The Voice Of Doubt
This hobo seems just a tad cynical? So perhaps he is supposed to represent the more practical, realistic side of the boy’s mind. The side that doesn’t want to believe in Santa, or the Polar Express, or magic.
But that would make him the bad guy in this story… And that just doesn’t seem right.
5. The Boy’s Subconscious
You ever notice how the hobo always seems to be saying the exact same thing that the boy has just said?
Almost like… the hobo is a visible representation of how our brains work?
In which case, I would like to see what my personal Hobo looks like.
6. The Ghost Of Someone Who Died On The Train Or Was Hit By The Train
This story needs a retelling, don’t you think? So much possibility!
I mean, I’m still confused why the story is about the boy when the hobo so clearly has more story potential?
Oh, well. Not everyone possesses my creative genius.
7. Homeless Guy
I know. How boring.
And how many homeless guys do you know who can also disintegrate into mist? That’s what I thought.
So can we just agree that this idea is preposterous? Good.
Who do you think the hobo is? What would your Hobo look like? And most importantly, how many homeless guys do you know?