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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974)

Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus.

Director:

Bill Melendez

Writer:

Mort Green
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Backus ... Narrator / Santa Claus (voice)
Susan Silo ... Miss Taylor (voice)
Courtney Lemmon Courtney Lemmon ... Virginia O'Hanlon (voice)
Billy Green Billy Green ... Billy (voice)
Sean Manning Sean Manning ... Specs (voice)
Tracey Belland Tracey Belland ... Mary Lou (voice)
Christopher Wong Christopher Wong ... Arthur (voice)
Vicky Ricketts Vicky Ricketts ... Amy (voice)
Jennifer Green Jennifer Green ... Pee Wee (voice)
Herb Armstrong ... Officer Reilly (voice)
Arnold Moss ... Sgt. Muldoon (voice)
Mort Green Mort Green ... Sam Shulman (voice)
Louis Nye ... Lee Fong (voice)
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Papa (voice)
Karen Smith Karen Smith ... Mama (voice)
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Storyline

Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus.

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

References Santa Claus Story (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
Performed by James A. Osmond
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Great for Small Children
24 August 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

I remember loving this as a child but as an adult I found the animation in this special flat and dull! But that is the worse thing I can say about this cartoon!

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus is a Christmas special that aired on ABC, premiering on December 6, 1974. It is based on the story of Virginia O'Hanlon, a seven-year-old girl who wrote to The New York Sun in 1897, and the response by its editor, Francis Church.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" is a phrase from an editorial called Is There a Santa Claus?. The editorial appeared in the September 21, 1897, edition of The (New York) Sun and has since become part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States. It is the most reprinted editorial in any English-language newspaper.

As charming as this special is there is a huge flaw and that is the animation is terrible. Even by 1974 standards the animation was sub- par. Now the little one's might not mind but older kids and most adults will. The animation should have been better.

As for the story itself it is a well told. Running less than 30 minutes the special moves a quick pace. I remember loving this as a child but as an adult


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