In May of 2014 Athena was approached by children's book author Nancy Guettier
who was looking to take one of her books, Mermaids on Mars and turn it into an animated film. She had seen the work Athena had been doing on Auntie Claus
and really liked the stop-motion look. Nancy had come prepared with a full 90-page script and music that she had written for the film.
Budget restraints prevented the creation of a feature-length film so Athena worked with Ms. Guettier to rewrite the film, focusing on the core story elements she had developed to reduce the runtime to a 23 minute short that included 18 minutes of stop-motion animation
with 5 minutes of live-action bookends. The action revolves around the story of a young boy who is transported to Mars in a quest to rescue three mermaids from a diabolical Martian bent on destroying the planet's last remaining body of water.
Rather than rely on the character designs done for the children's book Athena worked to create mermaids, aliens, a little boy and his father that would work in the stop-motion medium. Sticker mouths were used to keep costs down on facial animation.