Yes, Virginia

Synopsis: 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 that becomes the most famous newspaper editorial of all time.
Genre: Animation, Short
22 min

Yes Virginia

Almost got it.

Can I see it now?


Your mom said you could only

come over if you were good.

So be good.

Come on, Virginia. Let me look at it.



What's that thing?

It's his bag of toys.

You know, for kids all over the world.

Hey, Virginia

How can Santa make toys when he's

always standing on the street corner?


He just yells at people and rings his bell.

Ollie, I don't think that's really Santa.

It is. I saw him. I bet he's there

right now. Let's go.

Dear, listen to this.

A train that runs underground

across the whole city.

Sounds a little far-fetched, dear.

According to theNew York Sun

t's a streetcar inside a complex system of tunnels.

Honey, if you see it inThe Sun

I know.

If you see it in The Sun... It's so.

And where are you off to?

We're going to see Santa.

Back by supper.

Put a penny in the bucket.

Penny to help the poor.

Come on. It's Christmas.

Peace on Earth

Goodwill among men.

Jingle all the way.

You, sir. One penny. Just one.

No, thank you. Not today.


Francis Church!

Always a pleasure.

How are things at the paper?

Uh, same as when you worked there.

Bad news, worse news, and awful news.

Sir, the way I see it, in times like these

we have two choices:

report bad news or make good news.

And a penny or two would certainly be

good news to somebody out there.

I guarantee you one penny

won't do any good.

Of course it will, Frank.

That's why they call it change.

You always were terrible at headlines.

Put a penny in the bucket!

You've got the pennies. I've got the bucket.

But, Ollie, Santa lives at the North Pole.

I was here with my papa,

and Santa told him to...

Put a penny in the bucket!

I told you. It's him.

Why, uh, um.. Hello, children.

Hope you've been good this year.

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm

Much warmer here than at the

uh, North Pole.

He's not Santa.

You're right. Not Santa.

Not even close.

Then why are you pretending to be him?

Uh, well, I guess you can say I work for him.

You work for Santa?

I'm just doing whatever Santa would

be doing if he were here

which he's not, 'cause he is extremely busy.

Come on, Ollie.

He's just some scraggly guy.

Bye, scraggly Santa.

The real Santa must be, um...

somewhere else.

Don't cheat!

Hey, Virginia Where have you been?

We went to see Santa

but he really wasn't Santa.

He just has a red coat.

Like this.

Ollie, no.

Wow. It's so pretty.

Last year, Santa brought me a train set.

He brought me a dollhouse.

I got a bow and arrow!

Did Santa bring you a baby bottle, too?

Hey, Charlotte.

What do we have here?

How precious.

It looks just like the real Santa.

You all still think Santa's real?

Oh, that's hysterical.

Santa doesn't really exist.

How do you know?

Maybe when you're nine and a half,

you'll understand.

There's no way someone could

circumnavigate the world in one night.

I never thought of that.

And a person that rotund could

never fit down a chimney

Um, yeah.

That doesn't mean anything.

You can't prove Santa's not real.

You can't prove he is.

Maybe I can.

Grow up, Virginia

You really believe that an old man sneaks

into your house and brings you toys?

It's infantile.

It's baby stuff!

Hey, give it back!

Better behave, or Santa won't

bring you any presents.

Give her the book, Charlotte.

Is the baby going to cry?

Stop it.

Face it, Virginia There is no Santa Claus.

Ah, here we are. Santa Claus.

We've got books from all

over the world here!

Why do we need so many books?

We need to prove that Santa Claus is real.

In England, his name is Father Christmas.

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