Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa (found CGI animated TV movie; 2002)


Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa (2002)
Logo featuring the Rapsittie Street Kids.
Logo featuring the Rapsittie Street Kids.
Status Found
Date found September 13, 2015
Found by dycaite

Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa is a musical 2002 CGI Christmas special from Wolf Tracer Studios Inc. and J Rose Productions that aired on The WB on December 25, 2002.[1][2]

Premise

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.

Reception

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.[3] Believe in Santa featured several high-profile voice actors including Mark Hamill, Nancy Cartwright and Paige O'Hara.[4]

Rarity

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.

Before resurfacing, the only footage that had been recovered of Believe in Santa was from a Wolf Tracer demo reel that also includes footage of their other CGI animated film Dinosaur Island (which was also lost but found then found).

Production

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.[5]

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

Wolf Tracer's demo reel.

Recovered Film

On September 13th of 2015, Lost Media Wiki founder Dycaite found a copy of the film and released it during Found Media Week.

References

  1. promarktv.com's Believe in Santa page. Retrieved 06 Mar '14.
  2. Official Believe in Santa Website. Retrieved 06 Mar '14.
  3. CG Society Believe in Santa thread Retrieved 06 Mar '14.
  4. Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa IMDb page Retrieved 06 Mar '14.
  5. Kennedy Rose's Tumblr post about her father's involvement in the film Retrieved 26 Dec '16

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

16 months ago
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how was his found exactly?
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Anonymous user #10

8 months ago
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The creators sent a copy.
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Anonymous user #25

2 months ago
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Rebeltaxi goes into more detail about how it was found if you want to know
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ClaudeLv250

16 months ago
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Now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever heard how Dycaite found this.

I'm assuming virgin sacrifices were involved.
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Dycaite

16 months ago
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Anonymous user #2

15 months ago
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This isn't really related to the movie, or how it was found, but how did this movie even get on the air successfully? Isn't their a person, or people, who review films before they air? How was this approved? This movie looks like something would make in 2007 and then upload it to YouTube. God...
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Anonymous user #3

15 months ago
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Probably connections. It's not what you know, it's who you know.
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Anonymous user #4

14 months ago
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how is mark hamill in this movie...
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SenaUW

14 months ago
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They (the actors) didn't know the trainwreck that was coming...
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Kobochat

14 months ago
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I've tried asking Mark Hamill about his involvement with this and Wolf Tracer's Dinosaur Island numerous times on Twitter, often when he's in the middle going through a mass-period of responding to a ton of users. Strangely enough, he's never responded, almost as if he wants to forget about being in this masterpiece.
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Anonymous user #5

14 months ago
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I'll be honest, I put some effort, as much as possible, into trying to find this back in 'the day'. I honestly had begun to believe it was a hoax, something 4chan came up with on a lark, before it showed up out of nowhere on Youtube one day. It's shockingly an ok movie, in terms of plot and pacing and the like. No worse than most schmaltzy animated Christmas movies. The but dat animation tho! God!
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EssentialBiscuit

14 months ago
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it's beutifyl
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Anonymous user #6

14 months ago
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Crapcity Lids Believe in satan. XD
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JackIsCool Productions

13 months ago
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I just watched part of this. Worst CGI I have ever seen.
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Markiegee50X

12 months ago
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Same here
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Game4brains

12 months ago
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Welp, after watching just a fragment of this "movie," all I can say is...

WchpeoufajklaspdfuraiogtnjasdfdsfjiergnjlscnladsjciauwiwejfncdsfakjchaoshtCHRISTMAS
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Reynard

8 months ago
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I know, RIGHT?
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Anonymous user #7

12 months ago
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the worst thing earth has found
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Sf95

12 months ago
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I agree. This is just one of those things that should have remained lost.
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Anonymous user #9

8 months ago
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I agree!

同意する!
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Anonymous user #14

8 months ago
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Yeah, it just goes to show that some lost media should STAY THAT WAY!
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ApolloJustice

8 months ago
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What would compel them to make a movie with such shitty quality?
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Anonymous user #8

8 months ago
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Cr1TiKaL (penguinz0) made a commentary about this special.
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TheFoxy3D

8 months ago
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Someone make a Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa Youtube Poop!
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TheFoxy3D

7 months ago
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Guys! They finally made a Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa YTP! https://www....=iwE-d_lJAmQ

https://www....=s9n268UCWwk
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Anonymous user #11

8 months ago
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Holy shit mark hamil was in this? He was luke skywalker...
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Anonymous user #12

8 months ago
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Im gonna do a reaction to this.

AT EEVEE PLUSH STUDIOS IN YOUTUBE
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Anonymous user #13

8 months ago
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I'm sorry, but where is the source for that Whitney Houston bit? I see it mentioned a lot. She released a holiday album a year after the film aired. Perhaps there's some confusion. If the rumor is true, then that becomes interesting... is it possible her Christmas album is somehow related.
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Harmony

7 months ago
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The creator's daughter posted about it on Twitter.
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ClaudeLv250

7 months ago
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There was an ad for it toward the end of the movie (and not in the movie proper), so you'd have had to see it live; I'll never forget thinking "How did Whitney Houston get attached to this POS?" when I saw it, and absolutely had to keep that detail for the WTF factor regarding this entire abomination when I wrote the article. I think I'm one of the few people that remembered it, because it wasn't until the daughter of the creator confirmed Whitney Houston's involvement (I'm honestly not fully convinced she was fully onboard) that people started asking about aspect of Believe in Santa.

It's been 14 years since I saw it so my memory may be failing me but the ad itself was pretty short and featured CD art and maybe a website or phone number to order the soundtrack. If a recording of the original airing ever surfaced we might get more details but I wouldn't hold my breath. For now it may become another piece of lost media.
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Kobochat

7 months ago
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Not trying to discredit you (huge thanks for writing the original article btw), but isn't it possible the daughter made herself remember that there was such a soundtrack only after seeing it mentioned in this article? I bring this up because in Psychology class I recently saw a TED Talk about memory, and how eyewitnesses can't be trusted to accurately remember things (the person who did it was Elizabeth Loftus if you're interested). Not gonna get too detailed but our memories are constantly morphing (moreso than you realize), and people can be made to vividly remember things from their past that never actually happened, if you plant the memory in them.

For what it's worth, there actually IS a soundtrack album for this, but it doesn't feature Whitney Houston: https://www..../B0002GXTAK/
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Anonymous user #15

8 months ago
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BBBBLLLEEEUUUGGGHHH!!!
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AForgottenEvent

8 months ago
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My eyes are bleeding. Halp.
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Anonymous user #16

8 months ago
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The sad thing is that if this had better animation it would probably be decent. Not amazing, but watchable.
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Anonymous user #17

8 months ago
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what kills me about this movie is that the creator allegedly spent like half a million to get this made. but i guess in a way its his own fault cause he apparently didnt check in on the production as it was being made...
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Flashbcaks

8 months ago
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oops, wasnt logged in...
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Anonymous user #18

7 months ago
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This pile of garbage should've remained lost cuz it looks awfully bad
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Anonymous user #19

7 months ago
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Cooavbrjsusuajoocevecrrhbrbx Christmas jsurrknndbdjdjjxdh kids in our days
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DigitalDiamalra

7 months ago
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The animation is bad, but the background music and songs (the songs not sang by the characters) sounds good.
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Gorillaz27

7 months ago
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Dycaite, just read about how you found this on Wikipedia. Just a question, was Slater really that much of a craphead?
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ThatOneStupidPerson

7 months ago
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Why did I watch this?
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Anonymous user #20

7 months ago
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wow, more worse than the nutshack....
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Anonymous user #18

7 months ago
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So the movie was lost and looking at it now, I really think it should've stayed lost because of how awful it truly is.
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Anonymous user #18

7 months ago
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DEUUEAUGH
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Catlinconroy

7 months ago
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This is so bad
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Catlinconroy

7 months ago
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This movie was lost for almost 13 years and looking at now, I really think it should've stayed lost
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Yoda

7 months ago
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I wonder what it was like being a kid and watching this on tv.
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Jersey Jimmy

7 months ago
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I can't help but think Nancy Cartwright being a Scientologist might've had something to do with so many big names being tied to this piece of shit.
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0dd1

3 months ago
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I watched Pan-Pizza's video on this too.
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Buckoducko

6 months ago
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Hey, I noticed that on the following website, the soundtrack was available for purchase for a while. Do you think it might be available somewhere, if someone actually bought it online?

https://web....ldseyes.com/
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Anonymous user #21

6 months ago
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WHERE IS 6TH DESTROYER DIVISION!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Gorillaz27

6 months ago
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Has anyone noticed the Wikipedia page for this has gone missing?
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Anonymous user #22

6 months ago
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It just looks so... Incomplete...
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Astreniss

6 months ago
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Oops, didn't log in
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Anonymous user #23

5 months ago
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KIDS NOW ADAYS
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PollyPocketFan78

5 months ago
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I think that this film makes The Christmas Tree look like a Pixar film.
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Imperfectlyfine

3 months ago
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BURN THIS THING


BURN THIS GODDAMN THING
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Anonymous user #24

3 months ago
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Rip commen
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RadioRussell

17 days ago
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I own the soundtrack to this movie on CD. (I bought it on Amazon)
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Sf95

17 days ago
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Is Whitney Houston on it?
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