In 1897, a little girl wrote to the New York Sun asking if Santa was real. That letter, and its legendary response, are the inspiration behind this 2009 animated Christmas special produced by JWT and Macy's for CBS.
Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina, the show has run annually in prime time every December since its premiere, typically beating out every other network in its time slot.
Created in the spirit of the great holiday specials of the 50s and 60s, "Yes, Virginia" earned strong reviews from critics at USA Today, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, among others. The song "Yes, Virginia (There's a Santa Claus)" written by Macy's own Bill Schermerhorn and Wesley Whatley for the DVD won an Emmy in 2011 for Best Original Song.
What started as one-time special has now become its own entertainment brand. The show spawned a DVD release, a children's book, a parade balloon, an iPhone and iPad app, and is annually one of the top holiday downloads on iTunes.
"One of the best Christmas specials of the last decade"
ROBERT BIANCO, USA TODAY
"It's hard to resist the holiday jollity of this animated tale... It's enough to make a temporary believer out of a lifelong Santa agnostic."
"Like Santa himself, Virginia should be a welcome Christmas visitor for years to come."
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