In 2013 Athena Studios optioned a terrific Christmas picture book called Auntie Claus from award-winning author and illustrator Elise Primavera. The book was a perennial favorite of Athena Studio's founder and his family. Athena planned to turn it into a feature-length, stop-motion
, musical adventure that taught children about happiness, giving and the magic of Christmas.
As a part of the pitch package Athena planned to shoot a three-minute animated sequence to give studio executives a feel for the look of the character design and animation. Athena ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of the animated short.