His imagination unlocked an amazing new world
His imagination unlocked an amazing new world
89 minutes

A documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind.

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare?

Life, Animated is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Press & Reviews

"A RADIANT, uplifting story. The film is a DOCUMENTARY GEM." - The Hollywood Reporter

"deeply moving...a warm testament to a family's love and resilience" - Variety

"It's a film to which I believe everyone can relate, an EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE." - RogerEbert.com

"INCREDIBLY MOVING documentary...a must-watch" - The Guardian

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