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Life, Animated

  • Starring: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Jonathan Freeman
  • Director: Roger Ross Williams
  • Genre(s): Animation, Family, Documentary
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 89 min.

For every admission to this movie, the law firm of Neale & Newman, LLP will donate $1 to Friends of Abilities First and Arc of the Ozarks Foundation to each agency to help people with autism.

Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

"The film is a documentary gem."
- Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
"It's the best Disney movie that Disney didn't make."
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"An absorbing and ultimately exhilarating documentary."
- Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
"It manages to be heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once."
- Ellen Brait, Globe and Mail
"There are moments of joy, revelation, connection, sadness and hope, and the film is very, very moving."
- Tom Long, Detroit News
"As time passes, more people are understanding autism. And "Life, Animated" is definitely part of the solution."
- Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Roger Ross Williams' captivating documentary explores a young autistic man's growth and progress through his obsession with Disney animated movies."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"Life, Animated, like Owen, is optimistic and should provide a measure of comfort for the many families affected by a complex disorder – such stories are essential to share."
- John Fink, The Film Stage
"Life,Animated is rich with insight about the role our popular culture plays in child development, but it's richer still in love."
- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"It’s a beguiling mix of animated storytelling and narration that doesn’t flinch from exploring the emotional highs and lows that accompany a life with autism."
- Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
"Life, Animated makes fascinating points, about the power of cinema, about meeting our loved ones where they are and, as Ron says, about who gets to decide what constitutes a meaningful life."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"This is an intelligent and understated film that nicely presents one very particular life experience that will, in its own way, inspire the viewer."
- Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times