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Yes, Virginia

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet holiday tale inspires with messages of goodwill.

Movie NR 2010 30 minutes
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age 3+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 3+

A sweet Christmas movie - Be ready for lots of Santa questioning

This is overall a really sweet Christmas movie - I even cried a little at the end (I can be pretty sentimental). BUT, I find it difficult to recommend an age for it. It’s probably way too young for older kids to enjoy, but the level of Santa questioning/ridiculing was surprising to me. And this is coming from someone who is not really all that into Santa (I love the magic of Christmas and the generosity of Santa, don’t get me wrong - I just don’t go all out with Santa stuff). Ultimately, Santa is called into question a *lot*, and one of the characters is quite mean (it is revealed that her mother isn’t particularly nice, but the way that’s done probably goes way over a young child’s head). All of that said, to me the end of the movie totally makes up for the Santa questioning. I also really appreciate well done movies that have no scary factor - they’re hard to find. I can (and do) talk to my kids about a character’s unbecoming attitude, but it’s much harder to talk them down after scary scenes (and to deal with the inevitable nightmares).

This title has:

Great messages
age 4+

Not as good artistically as the original, but still good.

Who wouldn't be inspired by this tale of generosity? Since the original cartoon that I saw as a kid probably won't air anytime soon, this is the next best thing.

Is It Any Good?

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This delightful CGI special is based on the real-life story that inspired one of the most famous editorials in journalistic history -- "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Set in the late 1800s, the sweet, simple tale is unencumbered by modern holiday trappings like shopping, presents, and hustle and bustle.

Virginia's fear over Santa's potential nonexistence isn't that there won't be gifts for her on Christmas morning, but that his absence means he won't inspire the spirit of giving in others. The show's heartwarming messages about generosity, unselfishness, and respect will inspire viewers of all ages and remind them that small acts of kindness really can change the world.

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