Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa (Found CGI Animated TV Movie; 2002)
|Logo featuring the Rapsittie Street Kids.|
|Date found||September 13, 2015|
Believe in Santa was to be the start of a franchise introducing a group of kids 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 trashed stuffed animal before it's too late.
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 film is increasingly obscure because it was aired sporadically at the discretion of local affiliates across the US. The special never aired again after its 2002 airdates and has never been released on any form of home media. A soundtrack featuring Whitney Houston that was advertised during the special was not released either. The special ended with a teaser for an Easter-themed follow up called A Bunny's Tale, but it's unknown if this was ever completed.
The only footage that has been recovered of Believe in Santa is from a Wolf Tracer demo reel that also includes footage of their similarly lost Dinosaur Island production (However Dinosaur Island has since been found). 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.
Wolf Tracer Demo Reel
UPDATE September 13, 2015: Lost Media Wiki founder Dycaite found a copy of the film and released it during Found Media Week.