Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa
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|Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa|
|Directed by||Colin Slater|
|Voices of||Walter Emanuel Jones|
Sarina C. Grant
|Composer(s)||Kevin Saunders Hayes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Christopher Rose|
|Running time||40 minutes|
|Production company(s)||J.Rose Productions|
Wolf Tracer Studios
|Original network||The WB|
|Original release||November 25, 2002|
Believe in Santa was to be the start of a franchise introducing a group of children known as the "Rapsittie Street Kids." During the special, Nicole, a spoiled and cynical girl, receives a teddy bear as a gift from her classmate Ricky. Nicole sees no value in the bear and trashes it until she learns the sentiments behind the gift and the "true meaning of Christmas." Nicole and her friends attempt to hunt down the teddy bear before it's too late.
- Walter Emanuel Jones as Ricky Rogers
- Jack Angel as Bob
- Jodi Benson as Lenee
- Nancy Cartwright as Todd
- Grey DeLisle as Jenna
- Eddie Driscoll as Smithy
- Sarina C. Grant as Ms. Parmington
- Mark Hamill as Eric
- J.R. Horsting as Zeke
- Clint Howard as Tug
- Robert Machray as Principal
- Andi Matheny as Debbie
- Paige O'Hara as Nicole
- Sherry Weston as Peg
- Debra Wilson as Great Grandma
- April Winchell as Nana
- "Ricky's Rap" by Walter Emanuel Jones
- "Christmas Chimes" by Jason Ebs
- "Best Kid In The World" by Paige O'Hara
- "Believe In Santa" by Jodi Benson
- "Through A Child's Eye" by Paige O'Hara, Peabo Bryson, Colin Slater, and Barry Coffin
The special was met with overwhelmingly negative criticism regarding its storyline and poor graphics and animation. Many viewers took to the internet to express their disbelief that the special had aired with that quality of computer graphics. Believe in Santa featured several high-profile voice actors including Mark Hamill, Nancy Cartwright and Paige O'Hara.
The daughter of one of the creators has stated that Wolf Tracer, the company that animated the film, provided concept art of significantly better quality than the final product. Her father trusted the animators and in fact, never checked in on their work. His first time seeing the animation was on the night the movie premiered. He had spent around $500,000 USD on production.
The project was known as The Bash Street Kids, and the name may have been changed to Rapsittie to avoid confusion with The Beano's "Bash Street Kids" comic strip.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20160228002054/http://www.promarktv.com:80/believe.htm promarktv.com's Believe in Santa page. Retrieved 28 Feb '16.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20021217180500/http://www.believeinsantamovie.com/ Official Believe in Santa Website. Retrieved 06 Mar '14.
- http://forums.cgsociety.org/archive/index.php/t-31432.html CG Society Believe in Santa thread Retrieved 06 Mar '14.
- http://thenewpropaganda.tumblr.com/post/145891729831/i-told-the-story-of-the-production-of-rapsittie Kennedy Rose's Tumblr post about her father's involvement in the film Retrieved 26 Dec '16
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