Auntie Claus

feature film concepts


Auntie Claus is a stop motion film by Athena Studios, based on the original children's story by Elise Primavera. Included below is some of the early development art I created for various moments in the film.

Concept art painting by Bob MacNeil of an original character design by Alishea Gibson, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

Mr. Pudding - character design: Alishea Gibson, digital paint: Bob MacNeil

Concept art graphic designs by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

Sign Graphics - I wanted the signs to feel hand made so they could work better in the stop-mo environment

Concept art sketch by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

Key Moment- Krampus & Chris

While Krampus is not in the original story, the idea to include him in the film version was thrown around. This scene shows Krampus with Chris Kringle (not the one you're thinking) as they arrive on the outskirts of the North Pole.

Concept art sketch by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

Key Moment - Kringle's Toy Store

The Kringles lived in New York City and own a toy store. I am from the East Coast and very familiar with NYC, plus I also worked in toys for many years. This image was fun to come up with! I would love to see a detailed stop-mo set of the city streets.

Concept art sketch by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

Key Moment - Sophie and the North Pole Meet

This is the first time in the story that the North Pole is actually revealed. Sophie sees it the same time the viewer does. The idea here was to mimic the city streets of NYC, (which Sophie was very accustomed to) but add a bit of visual chaos to the environment. The North Pole, built by Santa Claus has been designed, re-designed, retrofitted and repurposed a thousand times. Making the city feel very much like a Rube Goldberg contraption was the ultimate goal.

Concept art painting by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

Final Color - North Pole Revealed

Sophie had already been designed and produced as stop-mo puppet by Athena, but I was given the freedom to take a pass at redesigning her. I opted to go a bit more childish with a bigger head and smaller body.

Concept art detail by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.
Concept art detail by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.
Concept art detail by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.
Concept art detail by Bob MacNeil, for the film Auntie Claus by Athena Studios.

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