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Yes, Virginia (2009)

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New York City. It's 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon has always loved Christmas. Until the day her classmates bring up the age-old question: "Is there a Santa Claus?" Not sure what to... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Dr. Philip O'Hanlon (voice)
Virginia O'Hanlon (voice) (as Beatrice Miller)
Francis Church (voice)
Scraggly Santa (voice)
Kieran Patrick Campbell ...
Ollie (voice)
Nicholas Sireci ...
Barry (voice)
George (voice)
Taylor (voice)
Charlotte (voice)
Andrea Kessler ...
Miriam (voice)
Chuck Nice ...
Louis (voice)
Robb Pruitt ...
Santa (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marge Royce ...
Charlotte's Mother (voice)


New York City. It's 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon has always loved Christmas. Until the day her classmates bring up the age-old question: "Is there a Santa Claus?" Not sure what to believe, Virginia ventures into the city to find out for herself. Along the way she consults some unusual characters: a scraggly Santa ringing a bell, an excitable librarian with a shelf full of Christmas books, and her quirky doctor father. Unable to find the answers she's looking for, Virginia writes to The New York Sun newspaper. Her letter makes its way to the desk of curmudgeonly editor Francis Church, who has better things to do than respond to a little girl's questions. But through Virginia's determination (and a little help from a scraggly Santa) Mr. Church is persuaded to write his answer that becomes the most famous newspaper editorial of all time. Written by Matt MacDonald

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In 1897, one little girl showed an entire city what it means to believe...





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Version of Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974) See more »


Yes, Virginia (There's a Santa Claus)
Written by William Schermerhorn
Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway, Cenovia Cummins, Jordan Jancz, and Lance Horne
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Sweet, endearing, well-done special!
11 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short (only a 1/2 hour with commercials) telling of the now-well-known letter to the editor of the New York Sun written by 8 yr old Virginia is a well-told and touching special. The animation is great, it is almost claymation-like (similar to a Tim Burton movie). The characters are voiced by entertaining actors, including Neil Patrick Harris and Alfred Molina, as well as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mike Buscemi (Steve Buscemi's brother). The writing is spectacular (newcomer Chris Plehal delivers a wonderful holiday tale). This was produced and supported by Macy's, but other than a very subtle "RH Macy's" sign in the background of a few scenes, it does not feel forced nor does it scream "product placement." Everyone should add this to their yearly Christmas traditions!

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