Starz Animation Signs On for Adaptation of Yes, Virginia
By Kristin Brzoznowski
Published: November 24, 2009
TORONTO: Starz Animation Toronto will animate the Christmas story Yes, Virginia for a half-hour holiday special, presented by Macy's, to air on CBS on December 11.
The CG animation studio is producing the animation for the TV feature in conjunction with The Ebeling Group (TEG) and director Bitstate. Set in New York City during Christmas 1897, 8-year-old Virginia has second thoughts about the existence of Santa Claus, and poses a question to her local newspaper asking whether the Christmas legend is fact or fiction. Editor Francis Church takes the opportunity to rise above the simple question and addresses the philosophical issues behind it.
“We’re honored to be working with some very talented and creative people to craft what is sure to be a new holiday classic,” said David Steinberg, the head of the studio. “Our studio team is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring many of the high-quality feature tools we’ve developed in-house to raise the production value of this TV production.”
“The talent at Starz Animation Toronto is mind-blowing,” commented Pete Circuitt, the director for the Ebeling Group’s Bitstate. “After seeing the work this team did on movies like 9, we knew we had to look no further to make this piece as rich and enduring as it deserves to be.”