"THE OLD MAN MAD ABOUT ANIMATING"
Tony White's personal, feature-length "animated memoirs"...
“The Old Man Mad About Animating” is a love story.
It is a story about one artist’s lifelong love for the tradition of hand-drawn animation, which which continues to sustain and inspire him after over 5 decades of work. Tony White is a British Academy Award-winning animator, author and teacher who currently, works and runs his own animation network in Seattle. He also runs live and self-taught online courses for students of animation, under the banner of the "2D Academy". Through all these efforts he seeks to keep the wonderful artform of traditional hand-drawn animation alive, which is currently in significant danger of being lost forever in this digital age!
Yet Tony’s love for animation is not the only love story being told here. There's the love and belief he desperately needed to find for himself and his work from the very beginning. Although born to poor and yet wonderfully supportive parents, Tony’s childhood was haunted by sickness, fears, anxieties and a total lack of self-confidence or belief in himself. Despite years of failed treatments he was ultimately cured of all these things in a most unlikely, almost mystical, way. Tony saw the whole thing as being quite “miraculous” at the time. It was also necessary - as without it happening, Tony’s career would never have begun in the first place!
In conclusion, this film is most definitely a "love" story. Through it the now 73 year-old Tony imaginatively remembers and animates his journey through life - on both inner and outer levels. Yet embracing the animation world as it is now, Tony hopes to invite a number of contemporary 2D animators he most admires, to recreate many of his stories for him - each in their own style and being uniquely set to music. This should give the entire film a personal "Fantasia" feel to it. Even then, this film is not even so much about Tony himself. It is more an homage to a wonderful artform which is now at risk of dying forever.