Yes Virginia: The Film 1 Season 2010

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1. Yes Virginia TV-Y CC

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.

Starring:
Neil Patrick Harris, Beatrice Miller
Runtime:
26 minutes
Original air date:
November 8, 2010

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Yes Virginia

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Customer Reviews

It is cute and sweet and we all love it young and old!
herbalrocks4us
He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
Steve Nichols
I loved how it didn't really emphasize whether there is or is not a Santa, just the miracle of believing.
JP

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bklyn babe on December 4, 2010
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My children absolutely love this special. The animation is stunning and the character performances are really charming. Very well done! Previous reviews do not reflect the special for what it is. It's a television special, hence the 24 minutes (30 minutes minus commercial breaks). That's also why it's only $6. I'm glad I didn't listen to them.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Martell on December 19, 2011
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I thought this movie was very cute. The animation was well done, and my son enjoyed it. BUT - if your child is young enough to not have even questioned the existence of Santa, do not have them watch this movie. Because the questions will start! I realized too late that this was going to be the catalyst for my son realizing that other kids question Santa, that he can't really be in all places at once, etc. Bummer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By NO SLEEP TIL on December 4, 2010
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We've already watched this dvd about 10 times and we just got it last week. It's so nicely done. The animation is absolutely gorgeous. All the settings are true to the time period in NYC. Every last detail is well thought out. My children can't get enough of it. At $6 it's a bargain!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Harvey on November 21, 2010
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This is a very sweet animated movie based on the story of Yes Virginia. Animation is well done and the story line has been beefed up a little bit with Virginia's friendships. The real gem of the DVD is the behind the scenes footage where it talks with the cast and about the casting process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peanut87 on November 15, 2012
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I watched this movie on a whim last Christmas season. I found it to be so cute and the story was so true in so many ways. It is a great movie for kids that are in the in between stages of believing in Santa Clause and what Christmas means to so many people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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My seven-year-old still believes in Santa Claus, though many of her friends have long since ceased to believe in this mysterious figure that brings bounty in the form of gifts every Christmas. When we saw this DVD at our local library, my daughter asked if we could check it out, even though Christmas is past and there's many months to go before December.

We sat down together and watched it this lazy Sunday afternoon, and we were both captivated by this sweet story with beautiful animation. The story itself runs only about 24 minutes (in full color), but it is full of substance and a riveting plot. Based on a true story that occurred back in 1897, the story is about eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon who is determined to find out if Santa Claus really exists after a snooty rich girl by the name of Charlotte declares there is no such person.

Virginia proceeds to write a letter to the editor of the Sun newspaper based in New York (because as her dear father says, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so." Her letter goes:
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

The prompt response by veteran newspaperman Francis Pharcellus Church was printed (unsigned) on Sep 21st., 1897. It has since been reprinted numerous times,appearing in many different languages in many different print forms.

This is truly a heartwarming story, and the link to the full editorial response is [...]

There are bonus features on the DVD:
Director's Commentary
Kid Cast Commentary
The Making of Yes,Virginia
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Strand on January 14, 2011
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I bought this DVD after watching the Macy's Day Parade and hearing Ann Hampton Callaway sing the song written for the DVD. The DVD is charming and the perfect thing for families to watch each Xmas season. You have to wait for the closing credits to hear Callaway sing the song, but it is worth the wait...what a fabulous, expressive voice. I bought several copies as gifts for friends this past Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Nichols on April 14, 2013
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Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897, edition of The (New York) Sun. The editorial, which included the famous reply "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus", has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States.

The author of the letter that inspired the editorial reply was Virginia O'Hanlon's . She was born on July 20, 1889, in Manhattan, New York. Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1910, a Master's degree in education from Columbia University in 1912, and a doctorate from Fordham University. She was a school teacher in the New York City ISD. She started her career as an educator in 1912, became a junior principal in 1935, and retired in 1959. She passed away on on May 13, 1971, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.

Her story as told in this wonderful family Christmas DVD is a must for every family. I remember being read the book when I was 9 and asked the same question that Virginia did. The story and now the DVD have a special place in my heart and memories.

Parents and grandparents, I highly recommend buying this DVD and making it an annual "must see" Christmas program for your family.

"Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."
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