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Hero Boy's Parents
Gender Female (mother)
Male (father)
Born {{{born}}}
Primary wardrobe {{{primarywardrobe}}}
Age {{{age}}}
Status Alive
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Motion capture Leslie Zemeckis (mother)
Tom Hanks (father)
Voice Leslie Zemeckis (mother)
Tom Hanks (father)
Hero Boy's parents are two characters from the 1985 book, The Polar Express and the 2004 film of the same name. They are the mother and father of Hero Boy and Sarah.


In the beginning of the film, they take Sarah upstairs to get her ready for bed. Hero Boy, who saw their shadow from the stairs, initially thought it was Santa Claus until Sarah got off of her father's shoulders, prompting him to run back to his room. From there, he watches his parents tuck Sarah into bed through the key hole. She tells them about a story she was told by someone about Santa needing to travel faster than light in a sled larger than an ocean liner in order to deliver so many presents in one night. Her father assures her he must have been joking while her mother tells her Santa will only come if she goes to sleep.

The next morning, they are woken up by an excited Sarah. After Hero Boy finds the silver bell he lost last night and rings it, he hands it to his mother who also shakes it, but cannot hear a sound. His father shakes it too, but also hears no sound. He notes that it must be broken and hands it back to Hero Boy. Later, mother calls her children and Hero Boy puts the bell on the table.


  • Hero Boy's parents play a smaller role in the book in comparison to the film, only being at the end of the story. While their faces were never shown in the film, the book only mentions them.

Hero Boy (Chris) | Hero Girl | Know-It-All | Billy the Lonely Boy | Sarah | Gus the Toothless Boy | Boy on Train | Red Head Girl | Little Boy | Young Boy

Conductor | Hobo | Smokey and Steamer | Santa Claus | Pastry Chefs | Waiters | Hero Boy's Parents

Elves | Acrobatic Elves | Elf General | Elf Lieutenant | Elf Singer

Caribou | Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet

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