Ethos Studios - Because Character Matters!

Ethos Studios is a collaborative of creative professionals that have joined forces to produce engaging holiday content for young audiences. Our stories will always have an action-adventure theme to them and will have a hero or heroin that evolves as a character to overcome adversity and the forces of evil. Each story will have a valuable message designed to instill personal growth in children.

Matt Dragovits

Video Producer & Director/Author

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Jeffrey Varabkanich

Veteran Disney & Don Bluth Studios Artist

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Irma Cartaya-Torre

Veteran Disney Artist

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Featured Project

A Tale for Christmas - Zach's Quest

Ethos Studios is proud to announce the release of its first Holiday Children’s Picture book

“A Tale for Christmas – Zach’s Quest.”  This heartwarming adventure was written with the goal of emulating the classic storytelling style of Rankin-Bass. (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, etc.)  Matt wanted to create new and endearing characters that instilled the spiritual message and holiday magic of Christmas into both parent and child alike.

The book is truly beautiful to behold. It has 48 full-color works of art that were produced by veteran animators whose credits include “The Lion King”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Mulan”, “Lilo and Stitch”, “All Dogs go to Heaven” and many more.

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An action-packed adventure for children from beginning to end!

At the North Pole, the Star of Bethlehem provides energy to power Santa’s Winter Workshop. But when a young elf named Zach accidentally breaks the Divine Reactor, he must go on a quest to Mount Frostbite to retrieve a new magic gemstone. In a race against time, he must overcome his fears, battle evil goblins, and make the ultimate sacrifice to save the Christmas Holiday.

This beautifully illustrated children’s fantasy book reinforces important family values while using heartwarming Christmas characters to remind children of the real “Reason for the Season.”


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Positive Reviews... with more to come!

“Matt’s book channels the heart and warmth seen in the Rankin/Bass Productions’ Christmas specials and films. In our ever-changing world, Christmas stories like these are welcomed by parents and children everywhere!”

Rick Goldschmidt

Official Rankin/Bass Productions Historian/Biographer


“This imaginative novel will appeal to young readers, ages 6-10, that enjoy adventure, fantastic surroundings, and mysterious beings, with a joyous Christmas message to boot!”

The Children’s Book Review

“A Tale for Christmas: Zach’s Quest is a unique Christmas tale, which is a great deviation from the standard holiday reading fare. It has a religious message at its heart, but is also action-packed and filled with imagination. At times you can tell that it is the “lite” version of a grander tale. However, buoyed by gorgeous, Disney-inspired art, this is still a fun entry point for younger readers into Matt Dragovits’ world.”

Old Mate Media

Matt has written a timeless tale of the beauty that is the spirit of Christmas.  It is not only captivating for children, but adults as well.”

Terry Delaney

Pastor/Book Critic


“This book is a perfect gift for any child, and any family who loves Christmas. I really hope that it one day becomes an animated Christmas Special – as I can imagine it becoming an annual TV tradition.”


“I enjoyed reading your book, “A Tale for Christmas – Zach’s Quest!” Great adventure with a solid Christian message!”

Santa Claus


This is a fantastic message I received from the legendary Arthur Rankin Junior before he passed away. Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass were the creative geniuses behind the success of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman” , “A Year Without a Santa Claus” and countless other classics like “The Last Unicorn”, “Thundercats”, and “The Hobbit”. This personalized message is one of my most valued possessions!

“I wish you a Merry Christmas All Year Long… and great success with this book. Be well and Happy.”

Arthur Rankin Jr.

Arthur Rankin Jr. (1924 - 2014)

Arthur Rankin Junior

Free Video Content for Bloggers!

Ethos Studios worked with Santa Claus to record a professional, narrated version of the picture book. The video includes all of the Disney-Quality artwork featured in the book and is available free-of-charge on youtube. We are working to share the video with Children’s Hospitals and other National and International Family Organizations. Our hope is that all children will be able to enjoy this heartwarming Christmas Adventure regardless of their financial situation!


Please feel free to share the link with family and friends. And if you are a blogger, feel free to copy the code listed below to embed the video on your own site. Let’s make “Zach’s Quest” go viral!

Youtube Embed Code

Just copy and paste into your blog!

<iframe width=”1280″ height=”720″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/yp7OlvyTKcw?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Free Coloring Book Pages for Kids!

Free Art Instruction from a Disney Veteran!

In addition to the narrated version of our picture book, Ethos-Studios has created a series of instructional videos to teach children and artists how to draw both the traditional and religious characters of the Holiday Season.

These videos are also free and are available to share on youtube!

Beyond the Children's Picture Book - Feature Film Production

The ultimate goal of the “A Tale for Christmas” franchise is to produce hand-drawn feature films. The CEO of Ethos Studios, Matt Dragovits, is actively enrolled at Don Bluth University, where he is learning the finer points of the production pipeline for traditional animation… as taught by the master himself… Don Bluth! This is an amazing course that all aspiring film-makers and animators should consider.
Don Bluth University
There is an inherent magic that brings characters to life on the screen through the hand-drawn animation process. And while many of us do love the worlds that CG has created, we feel it is vitally important to make sure the next generation experiences the traditional animation style many of us had in our youth. To that end, Ethos Studios will continue to push forward in our efforts to combine the magic of Christmas with the magic of hand drawn animation. We welcome interest from investors or studios that will help us make that happen. We’ve built a special website to provide more information about the film project.


“Zach’s Quest” was originally written as a feature-length animated screenplay designed to be produce in the traditional hand-drawn animation style of Disney and Don Bluth Studios. Our hope is that we will generate enough interest in the children’s book for investors or animation studios to gain interest in this dynamic, action screenplay.


In addition to the original story, the sequel screenplay has also been completed. It is technically a prequel, with even more lovable characters, more action, and more magic. It would require a slightly higher budget than the original feature due to the complexity of the storyline, but that’s why we would produce it after the original is a blockbuster success!

The Trilogy

Everyone knows that Hollywood loves to capitalize on success. That’s why Matt Dragovits is actively fleshing out story development for the final screenplay in the trilogy. The expected completion date is fall/winter 2019!

In Development

Ethos Studios is actively developing concepts for other Holiday-Related Children’s books. We are considering cross-over books that contain characters from our initial book, as well as entirely new concepts focused on Halloween!

We'd love to hear from you!

Feel free to use this contact form to provide feedback on our book, inquire about distribution opportunities, or if you are interested in contracting our team for production of your own children’s book.


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