|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, 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, much to his disgust. Later, 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, with Hero Boy's help, the children are able to retrieve their tickets.
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 fights Hero Boy again while he is trying to apply the emergency brake for Billy.
After all the tickets are retrieved, Scrooge becomes angry and steals Hero Girl's ticket, which results in her being put in charge of driving the train. However, Hero Boy finds the ticket and, with the help of the Hobo, gets to the locomotive by skiing down the mountain.
Later, Hero Boy and Hero Girl encounter Scrooge one more time while trying to return to the passenger cars. He has become very large and gained an opening in his chest that shows 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.
|French||La Marionnette de Scrooge||Scrooge's Puppet||Jean-Philippe Puymartin|
|German||Ebenezer Scrooge||Ebenezer Scrooge||Arne Elsholtz|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Marioneta de Ebenezer Scrooge||Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet||Jesse Conde|
|Spanish (Spain)||Marioneta de Ebenezer Scrooge||Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet||Jordi Brau|
- 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|