Life, Animated


Action / Comedy / Documentary / Drama / Family / Fantasy / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright81%
IMDb Rating7.4105962


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Jonathan Freeman as Himself
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Gilbert Gottfried as Himself
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770.29 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
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1.46 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jboothmillard8 / 10

Life, Animated

I found out about this film when Awards Season came around, I read more about what this documentary was about, it sounded like a most interesting true story, and knowing about Autism myself I knew I had to watch it. Basically it is the inspirational true story of Owen Suskind, who as a child was unable to speak due to high anxiety and withdrew himself from everything around him. At the age of 3, his parents were devastated with the news when Owen was diagnosed with Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning learning difficulties and impaired social interaction, his parents almost lost hope that he would ever come out of his shell. However they found a way to meaningfully communicate with Owen, he loves watching animated films, especially those of Walt Disney Pictures, these were not just entertainment for him, they also helped him to understand elements of the world. Slowly they found Owen contributing to situations around him, communicating through the words and ideas of the characters he loves, including his interest of Disney sidekicks, those who assist the leading character. His father, journalist Ron Suskind, uses his son's obsession to talk to him, imitating the words of the animated films he repeatedly watches. By the time Owen reaches adolescence, he has opened up much more and communicates with everyone around him, he has learned there is more to real life than Disney can illustrate in animation. Owen has formed a group at school for other students with learning difficulties and disabilities to talk about their love for Disney films, he has a girlfriend, this sadly comes to an end but they remain good friends, and Owen's family prepare themselves as he goes through an uncertain future, but him becoming semi-independent, finding employment and speaking before an audience of intellectuals is a positive start. Also featuring contributions from paediatrician, actor Jonathan Freeman (the voice of Jafar from Aladdin) and Gilbert Gottfried (the voice of Iago from Aladdin). It is a fascinating true story of how sensitive parenting and watching tons of kids movies can save a life, Owen is a remarkable and likable personality, normally Disney are reserved about the usage of their material for other sources, this film shows their generosity as they allow many clips of their animated films to be used for illustrative purposes, the film also has it's own original animation that is fantastic. The best moments of this film are seeing how his father had a conversation with his son as a child by using a toy of Iago the parrot from Aladdin and imitating one of Owen's most favourite sidekicks, and the scene where Owen has Freeman attending his group, and his joy when Gottifried makes a surprise appearance, the overall film an immensely rewarding watch, a really feel-good and interesting documentary. It was nominated the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Very good!

Reviewed by neil-4768 / 10

Moving and inspirational

At the age of 3, Owen Suskind disappeared into the fog of autism. Some years later, as he came out with a garbled quote from The Little Mermaid, his parents realised that their son was still inside there somewhere, and capable of complex thought.

This documentary tells Owen's story, and illustrates how Owen - with considerable help - has worked towards building some sort of life with a foothold in everyday conventionality, and has done so by using Disney animated films as reference points.

This is a film which should be seen, so I wouldn't want to say more. Owen's journey is daunting, challenging, funny, sad, moving and, ultimately, inspiring. This is an excellent film.

Reviewed by evanston_dad7 / 10

A Whole New World

This documentary follows a family and its struggles to break through to their autistic son and brother, which they eventually do through the medium of Disney movies. The film follows the autistic son as he leaves home to live on his own in an assisted living facility, while it recounts the evolution of his condition and its effects on the family.

"Life, Animated" is a perfectly fine film and one that I enjoyed without feeling especially strongly about it. It's an interesting if not fascinating peek into the world of autism, but the parts of the film I found most compelling were the brief interviews with the older brother, who is terrified at the prospect of a future where he is single- handedly responsible for taking care of his brother. There was a whole other documentary to be made out of that.

And the Disney company couldn't have asked for a better commercial. At first I was amazed that the filmmakers were able to get rights to all of the Disney clips shown throughout, but then I thought about how much free publicity the company would get from this film alone and was no longer surprised.

A nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Grade: B+

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