"A Tale for Christmas - Zach’s Quest" is a holiday action-adventure story of an unlikely hero who faces overwhelming odds and is forced to grow in strength and character so that he can save the holiday from the forces of evil. It is a heart-warming adventure of growth, friendship, trust, and sacrifice… values that should be reinforced in all children, especially at Christmas.
For centuries, elves at at the North Pole have built millions of toys for Santa to deliver to good children all around the world. Year after year, things have run smoothly. That is, until one Christmas when an elf named Zach accidentally breaks the Divine Reactor... the main device that powers Santa's entire winter workshop!
With only 48 hours till Christmas, Santa sends Zach on a perilous mission to the peak of Mount Frostbite where the little elf must recover a rare gemstone that is key to restoring the Divine Reactor. Zach must brave the harsh arctic environment that is filled with wild animals, severe weather, and even evil goblins. In the end, Zach will be forced to make an ultimate decision that will remind even Santa of the true meaning of Christmas.
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We listened to your requests, and were happy to oblige. New for 2017 will be a full color children’s picture book that was illustrated and colored by veteran Disney artists Jeffrey Varabkanich and Irma Torre.
Available in print, kindle, and iPad formats.
As children, many of us couldn’t wait for the classic Rankin-Bass movies to air on TV. Films like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” "A Year without a Santa Claus,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” were the symbols of Christmas to children the world over. All of these TV specials had a common theme. They all had a strong moral message that was delivered by magical Christmas characters in a wondrous winter environment. “A Tale for Christmas – Zach’s Quest” continues on in that wonderful tradition.
One of Matt’s prized possessions is a hardcopy of his book, signed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. before he passed away.
Matt was raised in a loving Pennsylvania home where both the parents and the kids (all nine of them) couldn’t wait for Christmas to come. As soon the first nip of cold was in the air the decorations came out of the attic, Bing Crosby and Burl Ives’ songs began to spin on the record player, and Mom started the arts & crafts sessions in full force. Yes, Matt’s family loved many of the “commercial aspects” of the holiday, but even more important than those commercial traditions was the timeless Christian message associated with the birth of our Savior.
While Matt is currently very busy running Creative Force Video Productions, he and his wife continue to instill those Christian values in their three amazing children; Angelina, Elizabeth, and Luke. And now, through his illustrated Christmas Adventure, Matt hopes to share that message of God’s love with a global audience.
Jeffrey Varabkanich is an amazing, veteran character artist spanning both the 2D and 3D animation industries. He has worked on feature films for over 30 years. His work can be seen in films by Disney, Don Bluth Studios, and ILM. He is currently working for HuHu Studios, an International Animation Company with studios in New Zealand, Taiwan, and China. (With branch offices in the US and Singapore) When Jeffrey read “A Tale for Christmas – Zach’s Quest,” he was instantly drawn to the strong Christian message of the adventure. He initially came on board as our concept artist, bringing to life the gesture drawings that Matt provided. But after seeing the amazing work Jeffrey delivered, Matt contracted him to illustrate the full children's picture book. Jeffrey is actively working with Ethos Studios again, bringing to life Matt's concept art for the sequel!
For nearly 20 years Irma Torre developed the colors, look, and feel of iconic Disney characters. As Head of the Color Models Department at Disney she supervised an extensive staff while also working with both the film directors and the art directors. Together, they developed the best final look of the characters, effects, and backgrounds. The result was success beyond expectation. During the course of her career, Irma applied her skills to unforgettable films such as The Lion King, Pocahontas, Lilo and Stitch, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and more. There is no doubt, that within the world of animation, Irma is known and respected as being one of the very best there is at what she does.
Today, Irma is bringing her incredible skills to help bring to life the magical Christmas characters within “A Tale for Christmas – Zach’s Quest”. She has committed herself to the project based on her belief in both the creativity and moral message of the story, as well as the potential for it to be developed into a Cinematic Blockbuster.
We are very excited and honored to have her on the team! Her work on this first book has been exemplary, and we look forward to her work on the sequel as well!