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Yes, Virginia (2009)

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:
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 Kieran Patrick Campbell ... Ollie (voice)
Nicholas Sireci Nicholas Sireci ... Barry (voice)
Andrew Cherry ... George (voice)
Taylor Hay ... Taylor (voice)
Julian Franco ... Charlotte (voice)
Andrea Kessler Andrea Kessler ... Miriam (voice)
Chuck Nice ... Louis (voice)
Robb Pruitt Robb Pruitt ... Santa (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marge Royce 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...an 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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11 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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second tier Christmas special
24 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Based on an 1897 editorial in The New York Sun, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon believes in Santa Claus but it seems few others do. Her little brother suggests the skinny vagrant in the dirty Santa suit as the real Santa Claus. Her friends don't believe. She can't find any definitive answer in any book. Her father suggests writing to the newspaper. The editor is dismissive at first but eventually, with the vagrant Santa's urging, writes the iconic editorial.

The animation is second tier even for a TV special. It's a little dirty and grim. The story is really simple. The editorial is where the heart is and a larger portion of it has to be read. Like Linus reciting the biblical passage, the words have great power. This is a lesser level Christmas special but it's very sincere in its sentiment.

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