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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.

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Ron Suskind (inspired by the book by: "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism"), Emily Hubley (animation writer) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Owen Suskind ... Self
Ron Suskind ... Self
Cornelia Suskind Cornelia Suskind ... Self
Walter Suskind Walter Suskind ... Self - Owen Suskind's big brother
Alan Rosenblatt Alan Rosenblatt ... Self
Emily Jathas Emily Jathas ... Self - Owen Suskind's girlfriend
Michelle Garcia Winner Michelle Garcia Winner ... Self - speech language pathologist
Jonathan Freeman ... Self
Gilbert Gottfried ... Self
Jeffrey Ortiz Jeffrey Ortiz ... Self
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Alan Rosenblatt: The image of autism in the early 90's was not terribly flattering.
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Connections

References Balto (1995) See more »

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Really beautifully told
25 January 2017 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

A film with the premise that this has and with that specific story and subjects in front of the camera was always going to be very emotional. The key is not to make a film like this overly emotional, overly contrived, and overly manipulative. I don't think the film is. It earns its sentiment and it's able to sensitively look at these people without actually exploiting them. It's quite a special story, not one that many documentary filmmakers would be telling, but one that really brings a lot of issues into perspective. It's fascinating and definitely recommended for audiences not very familiar with autism. It may break your heart but it's also very uplifting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 October 2016 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,883, 3 July 2016

Gross USA:

$255,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$342,664
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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