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Roger Ross Williams, 2016 92 minutes USA English 13 April 2017 Dutch

The moving story of an autistic boy named Owen, who learns to understand the world around him through Disney cartoons.

At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind ceased to speak, disappearing into autism with apparently no way out. Almost four years passed and the only stimuli that engaged Owen were Disney films. Then one day, his father donned a puppet - Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin - and asked 'what's it like to be you?' And poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie.

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 interweaving classic Disney sequences with 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.