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We visited Athena Studios and interviewed the staff about their current stop-motion animation project, “Auntie Claus”. Jon Peter’s Athena Studios optioned the award-winning children’s Christmas book, Auntie Claus, from author Elise Primavera, and are developing an animated trailer and pitch package to adapt into a stop-motion film. This film will go out for funding to major studios for a proposed theatrical release of November, 2016.

Auntie Clause

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Athena Studios has gathered a real powerhouse of animation talent from Laika, Mackinnon & Saunders, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation Studios. Peter’s group is already hard at work on the creating the pitch. What’s amazing about the Bay area is that he is able to bring people to made films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Coraline, James and the Giant Peach, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and Star Wars. Jon’s intention is to make sure the work also stays in the Bay area, employing so many of these talented folks already based here.

Their kickstarter program for the production of the stop-motion pitch is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/athenastudios/auntie-claus-the-movie

Jason Babler

I’m the Creative Director of Make: magazine.


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