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Life, Animated

Disney movies help a young autistic man to develop reading, writing and communication skills.

Year: 2016

Duration: 91 minutes

Genre: Documentary

Classification: Check the classification

Writer: Ron Suskind

Producer: Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Winner of the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enriched by Disney animated films, and the unconditioned love from his family.

Owen Suskind is an autistic young man who could not speak for years as a child and yet slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen used these films as a roadmap to reconnect with his loving family and the wider world. LIFE, ANIMATED is an emotional coming-of-age story that shows the next stage of Owen’s journey as he takes his first steps towards independence.

★★★★★ "Incredibly moving... a must-watch" THE GUARDIAN

"It's the best Disney movie that Disney didn't make" INDIEWIRE


"Powerful and emotional" ROGEREBERT.COM

"Truly inspirational" ROLLING STONE