When Owen was 3 years old, he retreated into his own world. For years, his heartbroken parents tried everything to connect with him. The surprising solution was Disney. Through films like »The Little Mermaid« and »The Lion King«, Owen's interest in social interaction was awakened and his parents were able to share in his world. After making remarkable progress, Owen is now an adolescent striving for independence. But what does the world hold for an autistic boy who relies on Disney sidekicks in the face of adversity?

Williams begins filming at a critical time in Owen's life and follows events as they unfold. Scenes from Owen's life are interwoven with scenes from his favorite Disney films, showing just how the stories of Simba, Jafar and Ariel became the tools his parents needed to teach their son about human interaction and communication. In addition to being the depiction of Owen's progress, this coming-of-age portrait also explores the potential for film to be truly life altering.

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Title
Life, Animated
Director
Roger Ross WILLIAMS
Country
United States
Length
91 min
Festival
2016
Section
Documentary Competition
Language
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2015
Cast
Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt
Producer
Julie Goldman
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