Hero Boy's Parents
Character information
GenderFemale (mother)
Male (father)
OccupationThe parents of Hero Boy and Sarah
HomeTheir house in Grand Rapids, Michigan
RelativesHero Boy (son), Sarah (daughter)
Background information
Motion captureLeslie Zemeckis (mother)
Tom Hanks (father)
VoiceLeslie Zemeckis (mother)
Tom Hanks (father)
Appeared inThe Book and the Film
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, through the key hole, he watches his parents tuck Sarah into bed. 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 that 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 nothing. 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.
  • According to The Polar Express: The Movie: Trip to the North Pole, Hero Boy's mother was pregnant during the events of the story.
Children: 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
Adults: Conductor Hobo Smokey and Steamer Santa Claus Pastry Chefs Waiters Hero Boy's Parents
Elves: Elves Acrobatic Elves Elf General Elf Lieutenant Elf Singer
Animals: Caribou Santa Claus' Reindeer
Toys: Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet Jack-in-the-Boxes

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