Based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind, ‘Life, Animated’ tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.
By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality.
Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.
Documentary | Animation | Drama
Dir. Roger Russ Williams, US, 2016, 89 mins
Cast (as themselves): Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind