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Life, Animated
- Jonathan Freeman

Overview - A family are stunned to realize that their autistic son Owen -- who appeared to lose the ability to speak at around age three -- is able to memorize and repeat the dialogue from Disney animated movies. Encouraged by his parents to continue this unconventional form of therapy, he learns to communicate with others and understand the world around him by repeatedly watching the films, and begins to identify with the sidekick characters in them.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A family are stunned to realize that their autistic son Owen -- who appeared to lose the ability to speak at around age three -- is able to memorize and repeat the dialogue from Disney animated movies. Encouraged by his parents to continue this unconventional form of therapy, he learns to communicate with others and understand the world around him by repeatedly watching the films, and begins to identify with the sidekick characters in them. This documentary profiles Owen, now a high-functioning adult, and turns his fan fiction, "The Land of the Lost Sidekicks," into an animated work. Directed by Roger Ross Williams.

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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 92
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 043396481572
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2016

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Movies > Education/General Interest
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Illness
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Mental Illness

 
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Reviews:
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "LIFE, ANIMATED is powerful and emotional, without being manipulative. It is deeply inspiring, without trying to be." - 07/01/2016 RogerEbert.com


"Williams smartly devotes large portions of the documentary to Owen on his own, letting him explain his fears himself rather than relying on the other Suskinds for clarification and translation." -- Grade: B+ - 06/29/2016 A.V. Club


"[Williams] spent two years on this project, and the trust everyone involved placed in him allowed for an emotional honesty that is LIFE, ANIMATED'S greatest strength." - 06/30/2016 Los Angeles Times


"The Suskinds’ humongous hearts are obviously in the right place and their openness is to be admired and encouraged..." - 06/30/2016 Entertainment Weekly


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A funny, touching and vital documentary from Roger Ross Williams....LIFE, ANIMATED is truly inspirational." - 06/28/2016 Rolling Stone


"The unique way that the Suskinds have dealt with an all-too-familiar challenge is the subject of Roger Ross Williams’s documentary LIFE, ANIMATED. It’s a touching companion to the 2014 book by Owen’s father, Ron, a Cambridge-based, Pulitzer-winning journalist." - 07/15/2016 Boston Globe


"The story is an inspiring one, made even more emotionally stirring by the radiant, resilient, high-functioning young man at its center." - 07/07/2016 Washington Post


"What could have been a case-study movie is as full of surprises and twists as any thriller. It contains heartbreaking, empowering episodes..." - 06/30/2016 Film Comment


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his affectionate profile is as sincere as it's intimate." - 12/05/2016 Empire

 
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