20 user 99 critic

Life, Animated (2016)

2:23 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

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)
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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

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.
See more »


References Rock-A-Doodle (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

a very powerful use of art to words
17 January 2017 | by esthercrossSee all my reviews

I love how art can be used as a tool to capture real life stories and I always love a story that affirms the important role films play in our lives and 'Life Animated' achieves this so brilliantly. I felt incredibly effected by Owens story at may points a little teary! This is testament to how well the journey is retold. The documentary creators, family and Owen gave me as an outsider an emotional insight into to a condition I'd never connected with or fully understood before. The animation sections within the film were breath taking and beautifully illustrated. The flow of the various mediums were well created as home videos would flow into animation that would flow into present day filming and I think it is this careful sequencing which makes the story so poignant to receive.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed