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Yes, Virginia -- New York City, 1897. A little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon loves Christmas more than anything else in the world. But when a schoolyard bully challenges her belief in Santa Claus, Virginia embarks on a quest across the city to prove he is real. With her best friend Ollie in tow, Virginia meets everyone from an overeager librarian to a Scraggly Santa raising money for the poor. Finally her father inspires her to write a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, claiming If you see it in the Sun, it's so. Based on the true story of the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, Yes, Virginia is a charming and heartwarming tale about believing in the true spirit of Christmas.


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Release Date:
11 December 2009 (USA) See more »
In 1897, one little girl showed an entire city what it means to believe...
New York City. It's 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon has always loved Christmas. Until the day... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Neil Patrick Harris ... Dr. Philip O'Hanlon (voice)

Bea Miller ... Virginia O'Hanlon (voice) (as Beatrice Miller)

Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Mrs. Laura O'Hanlon (voice)

Alfred Molina ... Francis Church (voice)

Michael Buscemi ... Scraggly Santa (voice)
Kieran Patrick Campbell ... Ollie (voice)
Nicholas Sireci ... Barry (voice)

Andrew Cherry ... George (voice)

Taylor Hay ... Taylor (voice)

Julian Franco ... 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)

Directed by
Pete Circuitt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wayne Best  co-creator
Matt MacDonald  co-creator
Chris Plehal  written by

Produced by
Joe Calabrese .... consulting producer
Dexton Deboree .... executive producer
Mick Ebeling .... executive producer
Joe Feczko .... executive producer
Robin Feldman .... co-executive producer
Chet Fenster .... executive producer
Clair Grupp .... consulting producer
Kallan Kagan .... producer (as Kallen Kagen)
Harvey Marco .... executive producer
Ty Montague .... executive producer
Kate Schwerin .... producer
Betsy Spence .... consulting producer
Peter Tortorici .... executive producer
Helena Touseull .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
Cinematography by
Shawn Colbeck 
Film Editing by
Matt Ahrens 
Casting by
Wendy Litwack 
Production Management
Gareth Elliott .... project manager
Brian Lynch .... production manager
Noelle Romano .... production manager
Art Department
Lucian Boicu .... texture artist
Greg Gibbons .... lead matte painter
Marcus Reed .... storyboard artist
Bill Sneed .... lead character design
Andrew Woodhouse .... artistic leadership
Sound Department
John Bowen .... sound designer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Imran Awan .... lead final layout artist
Freddy Chaleur .... surfacing supervisor
Robert Dale .... lighting and compositing artist
James Deschenes .... surfacing technical director
Brian Dignadice .... surfacing artist
Rafael Fernandez-Stoll .... lighting and compositing artist
Jay Harwood .... technical director
Amir Honarmand .... lighting and compositing artist
Alan Kennedy .... post production supervisor
Sunny Hj Kim .... texture artist
Casey Kirkpatrick .... modeler
Keren Kurtz .... lighting and compositing artist
Kang Sub Lee .... lighting and compositing artist
So Hyeon Lee .... lighting and compositing artist
Jing Jing Liu .... lighting and compositing artist
Philip Luk .... animation technical director
Bryan Luren .... lead lighter & compositor
Ken Ouellette .... cg supervisor
Zebulon Pike .... lighting and compositing artist
Ryan Quaglia .... post production assistant
Damian Upton .... senior systems administrator
Anne Wagner-Lopez .... lead lighter & compositor
Charlie Wong .... surfacing/texture artist
Animation Department
Jordan Benning .... animator
Jenn de Jong .... animator
Scott Heatherley .... animator
Kyran Kelly .... cg director
Hanung Lee .... modeler
Joe Levac .... layout artist
Jesse Lickman .... animation supervisor
Casting Department
Rachael Klein .... casting assistant
Other crew
Tod Raymond Baudais .... CG Software Supervisor
Duck Grossberg .... data wrangler
Sandra Maglieri .... recruiter
Daniel A. Murray .... project manager - technology
Mel Senecal .... coordinator
Jeff Young .... head of finance: Starz Animation
Glen Yu .... systems administrator

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Up There With The Best Xmas Specials I've Seen In Years., 19 December 2011
Author: Dawalk-1 from Hialeah, Florida

When this would make its premiere a couple years back, I wanted to see it, but wasn't able to do so. I was hoping this would air again this year too so that I could finally catch it (and it would, and did), but I tried searching for any video copies of the full special on Google (after finding that Youtube once again only has clips), and I managed to come across it on Veoh. It was there I saw it at last for the first time either the last weekend of last month or the first weekend of this month (I'm not sure). I'd watch it a second time on t.v.

And it is another fantastic holiday special. It has since become a favorite CGI featurette of mine. It's just great and very well done, I love it. To anyone who hasn't already seen it and is reading my review, you won't be disappointed at all.

I just found out that this (and another version in 2D, which I haven't seen yet, but will eventually) is actually inspired by a true story. Basically, it's about a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon who asks whether Santa Claus is factual or fictional. She sets off to getting to the bottom of finding proof by writing a letter of the inquiry and attempting to send it to the presses. After getting through unsuccessfully at first due to the head of the local gazette company refusing to accept this as more than simply a mere fantasy (which he believes would damage the company's reputation if he allowed the letter to appear in print), Virginia begins having doubts that maybe Santa being non-existent is true after all and that has been right all along. But thanks to some convincing from the scraggly, street Santa, the gazette's head has a change of mind and heart, having second thoughts.

The lesson is having belief in the evidence of something (or someone) isn't necessarily always by sight but by feeling. And if one hangs in there, is persistent and holds out on the belief and hope long enough, that something (or someone) will show up and come to them, all in good time.

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