|Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet|
|Home||The Polar Express|
|Enemies||Hero Boy, Hero Girl, Know-It-All|
|Likes||Toys for Christmas|
|Dislikes||Children believing in Santa|
|Performed by||Tom Hanks (film)|
Jim Hanks (video game)
|Appeared in||The Film|
The Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet is a non-sentient character in the film and the main antagonist of the video game.
Role in the Film
In the film, while Hero Boy was in the abandoned toy car, the Hobo, from the roof of the car, uses the Scrooge puppet to scare Hero Boy by calling him a doubter. Hero Boy, unaware that it was just a puppet, runs away in fear, back to the main passenger car.
The Scrooge puppet plays a much larger role in the video game, appearing as a sentient character. His main goal is to prevent the children from believing in Santa Claus by stealing their tickets, which would get them thrown off the train by the Conductor and never reach the North Pole.
Scrooge is first seen spying on the children while they look out the window at Herpolsheimer's. This makes him feel disgusted because he finds it silly of them to believe in Santa and thinks that Christmas is more about toys. After stealing the tickets, he gets some Jack-in-the-Boxes and puppets to assist him in keeping the tickets away from the children. However, the children are able to retrieve their tickets with the help of Hero Boy.
Scrooge and some of his friends start a food fight with Hero Boy in the dining car while he tries to retrieve Know-It-All's ticket. Scrooge also blocks access to the emergency brake to prevent Hero Boy from stopping the train for Billy, which leads to another fight.
When all the tickets are retrieved, Scrooge gets angry, so he steals Hero Girl's ticket and sticks it onto the air vent. This results in her being put in charge of driving the train. Hero Boy eventually finds the ticket and, with the help of the Hobo, gets to the locomotive by skiing down the mountain.
Hero Boy and Hero Girl encounter Scrooge one more time on their way back to the passenger cars. He has become very large and gained an opening in his chest showing his heart. Hero Boy tries telling him that Christmas is not about toys, but he does not listen, so Hero Boy, with encouragement from the other children, defeats him by throwing snowballs at his heart.
In other languages
|French||La Marionnette de Scrooge||Jean-Philippe Puymartin|
|German||Ebenezer Scrooge||Arne Elsholtz|
|Spanish||Marioneta de Ebenezer Scrooge||Jesse Conde (Latin America)|
Jordi Brau (Spain)
- The Scrooge puppet in the film served as the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge in the 2009 film, A Christmas Carol, which was also directed by Robert Zemeckis.
|Children:||Hero Boy (Chris) • Hero Girl (Holly) • Know-It-All • Billy the Lonely Boy • Sister Sarah • Gus the Toothless Boy • Boy on Train • Red Head Girl • Little Boy • Young Boy • Steven|
|Adults:||Conductor • Hobo • Smokey and Steamer • Santa Claus • Pastry Chefs • Waiters • Hero Boy's Parents • Cook|
|Elves:||Elves • Acrobatic Elves • Elf General • Elf Lieutenant • Elf Singer|
|Animals:||Caribou • Santa Claus' Reindeer|
|Toys:||Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet • Jack-in-the-Boxes • Puppets|