Life, Animated

Life, Animated

DVD - 2016
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Documentary about an autistic boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
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1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: Documentary about an autistic boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood.

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LPL_MargoM Mar 07, 2018

Life, Animated is a lovingly crafted documentary about Owen Suskind, a 23 year old man with autism. The film follows Owen and his family in the months leading up to his graduation from school and his impending move out on his own. For a large portion of his early life, Owen was not verbal and had difficulty connecting to his family. Then, his parents noticed that he "came alive" when the family watched Disney animated movies together. Using dialogue and characters from Disney films, his family was able to begin communicating with their son. Interviews with Owen and his family as well as stunning original animation make this film a must see.

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olenkag
Mar 01, 2018

What's significant here is the fact that the unmentionable cause of autism was not mentioned in this movie. We are being slowly tamed by not allowing us to question why such condition like autism even occurs. This is clearly man made disease, so we need to get to the bottom. Nobody should have to suffer as the autistic children and their families suffer. We need to stand together against the lies, the propaganda, the cover up, the corruption. Use your brains and common sense, people! Educate yourselves! There is enough research and data that proves without the doubt the real cause.

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LizardElaine
Jan 29, 2018

Really great movie- The story of Owen and his family, scenes from a little boy captured on home videos and currently as an adult. It shows the challenges and joys he and his family faced and how much he advanced.

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wildct2003
Aug 07, 2017

Eye-opening.

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empbee
Jun 15, 2017

A very interesting and informative documentary about the development and growing up to adulthood of an autistic boy.

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eus
Jun 01, 2017

I loved this movie! I want to be Owen's buddy-pal-friend for life!

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Curiouskind
May 27, 2017

A dreamy cinematic composition by filmmaker Roger Ross Williams that effortlessly weaves in and out of a little boy's world, and later as an adult, through animated pencil sketches, various animated Disney films, and reality; be prepared when you watch this documentary and story unfold.

This film shines the light on Owen, rightly so, who is a high-functioning autistic person: It's a fascinating story. But for me, it was all of their individual stories and how they are struggling as a family to find a way through these challenging times and uncharted waters, and to plan ahead in the best way they know how. It's about the fate of Ron and Cornelia's (Owen's parents) legacy and the urgency and weight upon Walt (Owen's older brother) and his parents, together, to care for Owen and assure his well-being.

Owen's parents' decision to encourage Owen to be as independent as possible and invest into his development as much as they can bear because it seems that they want to soften the burden for Walt in their eventual absence, and ultimate demise. There's a scene where Walt opens up about his thoughts of his future that kind of destroyed me: 'My mom and dad are getting older every year. 20 years from now, it'll be just, me. And I'll be ready; I've been getting ready my whole life, but it can be kind of overwhelming to think about the idea of taking care of them and taking care of Owen, and how that's going to look. Yeah, that can keep you up at night thinking about it. For some reason, it's the birthday [celebrations] is when it rips out of me. Most of the time, I just forget about it and try not to think about it, because it will come at some point. I'm the only family he's got, and I'm going to have to do what I have to do to make sure he's OK.' There are certain parts of this disclosure that's worth repeating, 'I've been getting ready my whole life.' Just imagine what that means and what kind of toll that would have on a little boy, as Owen's older brother, and all the expectations that arrived with it on that particular, fateful day all the way through adulthood and onto the present. At this point, I felt like I wanted to dive into a pool, hold my breath for as long as I can under water, suspended. What can you say to something like that? It takes a certain strength of character, courage, just a lot of things under the surface of this story, Owen's story -- a truly remarkable family.

There are lighter, attention-focusing moments as well, fortunately, like the conversation about the 'birds and the bees' between the two brothers that I believe sheds some insight into their relationship with each other; so, yeah, toss in a kind of unconventional coming-of-age story as well.

d2013 Apr 22, 2017

A wonderful story that's truly inspirational!

Mayflower94 Mar 29, 2017

A glimpse into the world of autism through the life of Owen Suskind.

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miaone
Mar 21, 2017

Eauchhhh. Don't waste your time.

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Curiouskind
May 27, 2017

Ron Suskind using Iago (parrot character, 'Aladdin') stuffed animal to cheer up Owen: 'How does it feel to be you?'

Owen: 'Not so good because I don't have any friends.'

Ron: 'I'm under the bedspread, and I just bite down hard. I say to myself, stay in character.'

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Curiouskind
May 27, 2017

Ron Suskind on Owen's path to greater independence: 'He's going to have to fail. He's going to have to fall and fail. We're not afraid of that as much as we used to be.'

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