Spirit of the Game - the movie
Tony is also the director of the full length animated feature film Spirit of the Game. Its story, based on the classic young adultâ€™s novel Spirit of the Game by Geoff Francis, has at its heart the sporting philosophy of Sir Stanley Matthews, who is arguably the gameâ€™s greatest ever ambassador and the man of whom Pele said, â€œHe taught us how the game should be played.â€
Joan Walley MP said â€œI feel strongly that the values Stan embodied should be put on the map so that whole new generations can really reach out to what he stood for."
Tony Whiteâ€™s reputation in the animation world has drawn an amazing range of talent to this project, including leading animation professionals (from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks) plus UK voiceover artists including RSC actor Patrick Robinson and actress Carol Royle.
Tony says â€œNot only will this be an important film for football worldwide, it will become a landmark for the British animation industry. Animated films are timeless and enthusiastically received when well made. They cross borders, cultures and language divides. Spirit of the Game will take traditional 2D animated filmmaking to new areas of socially-relevant expression and creative storytelling. It will do so in a way that only the very best of award-winning, British live-action dramas can do â€“ yet with the added dimension of mature hand-crafted animation that is far removed from the traditional â€˜cartoonâ€™ format.
Through this we hope that the wise and humble integrity that is defined by Stanâ€™s life will speak to all people, young and old - in Britain, the USA and around the world.â€
Tony's long-held ambition is to make a commercially-successful, creatively-groundbreaking animated movie that has something positive and inspirational to say to a worldwide audience. He knows that â€˜Spirit of the Gameâ€™ is that film!
We are looking for well-placed national and international organisations, and prominent individuals, who are willing to lend their voice, funding and active support, to help ensure that Spirit of the Game gets made.