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Life, Animated (2016)

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A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.


Ron Suskind (based on the book by), Emily Hubley (animation writer) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Owen Suskind ... Himself
Ron Suskind ... Himself
Cornelia Suskind Cornelia Suskind ... Herself
Walter Suskind Walter Suskind ... Himself, Owen Suskind's big brother
Alan Rosenblatt Alan Rosenblatt ... Himself
Emily Jathas Emily Jathas ... Herself, Owen Suskind's girlfriend
Michelle Garcia Winner Michelle Garcia Winner ... Herself, speech language pathologist
Jonathan Freeman ... Himself
Gilbert Gottfried ... Himself
Jeffrey Ortiz Jeffrey Ortiz ... Himself


Owen Suskind was a boy of considerable promise, until he developed autism at the age of 3. As Owen withdrew into his silent state, his parents almost lost hope that he find some way to interact with his world in some meaningful way. However, that way was found through animated films, especially those of the Walt Disney Company, which provided Owen a way to understand the world through its stories to the point of creating his own. This film covers the life of Owen and how he manages to become as functional as possible with the help of Disney and his family to the point of having his own life. However, Owen soon learns as well that there is more to real life than what Disney can illustrate in animation even as his family prepares itself for an uncertain future with him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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His imagination unlocked an amazing new world

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, and language including a suggestive reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 2016 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Livstecken See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,070, 8 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$244,031, 25 September 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the film was never made by Disney, it involves Disney in it. See more »


Alan Rosenblatt: The image of autism in the early 90's was not terribly flattering.
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Features The Little Mermaid (1989) See more »

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A Masterpiece!!!!!
19 October 2016 | by gmworswickSee all my reviews

Never wrote a review on here before, never felt compelled to....until now!! Life Animated is just mind blowing, i cried, i laughed the whole time. If you've had no exposure to Autism this is a must, even if you have, i promise you that you will come away from this film having learnt a great deal. Owen Suskind is the kind of human we should all aspire to be, although his condition makes it difficult for him to perceive 'reality' i don't think i've ever seen anyone who actually has more perspective on life than Owen. It's a stunning piece of motion picture and pulls and tugs on all of your emotions. I've come away with a greater insight into the condition, i have a cousin with extreme autism and it will help me and enable to communicate with him at a more understandable level for him. Please watch this movie, it's a must.

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