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Yes, Virginia

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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.

- Voices by Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller (Toy Story 3)
- Bonuses include a behind-the-scene documentary, director commentary, kid cast commentary, and more!

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A made-for-television Christmas tale about a generous little girl and her struggle to discover whether there really is a Santa Claus, Yes, Virginia is a kind of modern-day Miracle on 34th Street, based on the famous 1897 New York Sun newspaper editorial regarding the existence of St. Nick. Eight-year-old Virginia believes wholeheartedly in Santa Claus, but when some fellow classmates tease her and say he's not for real, Virginia sets out to prove that he is. The good deeds of a scraggly street-corner Santa help reinforce Virginia's belief in the spirit of the season, but when her research in the library is inconclusive, Virginia turns to the New York Sun newspaper for a definitive answer, because, as everyone knows, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so." What the editor of the newspaper can't possibly know is that his response to the young girl's letter will have a far-reaching effect. The big-headed animated characters in Yes, Virginia are somewhat reminiscent of the look of Coraline, but here the sense of encroaching darkness is tempered by hope and the power of belief. The all-star voice cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller as Virginia, and bonus features include director's commentary, kid cast commentary, and a making-of featurette. Touted as a new Christmas classic, Yes, Virginia is a wholesome and heartwarming story about the meaning behind the season that's perfect for sharing with the entire family. (Ages 4 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Beatrice Miller, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina
  • Directors: Pete Circuitt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Animated
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X3BYG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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I am giving this movie one star for the simple fact that I want people to read it. The animation, quality and message of this story are fantastic, HOWEVER, this is a warning and the reason for this one-star review: if your kids are young and still fully believe in Santa, do NOT show them this movie. If your kids are doubting the existence of Santa and you want to show them a movie that will remove all doubt and make them believe again, do NOT show them this movie. If your kids are ready to find out the truth about Santa and you want to let them down easy, DO show them this movie. If you have no kids and want to watch a really well-animated movie based on a true story, then, by all means, watch away.
I wish that I would have read the negative reviews on this movie before settling in to watch it with the kids. My daughter almost started crying when they kept saying over and over how Santa didn't exist. She's 5 so she'll probably forget it, but my son is 7 and just on the verge. I had to create a diversion and then changed the movie to something safer. Serves me right for even letting this Santa business into my house. At some point they'll find out the truth, I just wasn't ready for that TODAY. I'll show them this movie when it is the right time.
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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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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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