Life, Animated

( USA / 2016 )
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A documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind.
Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare?
Life, Animated is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 89 min.
Theme: Children, Cinema, Disability, Education, Family, Health, Humor, Media see all »
Language(s): English
Director(s): Roger Ross Williams
Producer(s): Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman
Available regions: United States, Canada
Life, Animated


  • "A RADIANT, uplifting story. The film is a DOCUMENTARY GEM."
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • "deeply moving...a warm testament to a family's love and resilience"
  • "It's a film to which I believe everyone can relate, an EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE."
  • "INCREDIBLY MOVING documentary...a must-watch"
    The Guardian

awards & accolades

  • Sundance Film Festival - Directing Award: US Documentary
  • Berkshire International Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Full Frame Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Nantucket Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Telluride Mountain Film Festival - Audience Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award

Festival participation

  • Sundance Film Festival 2016
  • Berkshire International Film Festival 2016
  • Full Frame Film Festival 2016
  • Nantucket Film Festival 2016
  • Telluride Mountain Film Festival 2016
  • San Francisco International Film Festival 2016
  • Tribeca Film Festival

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Distribution Company: ro*co films

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