June 28-2016
‘Life, Animated’; a documentary portraying how Disney films help someone to ‘live’ rather than just exist

Whatever you see, reflects in your mind and influences your thoughts at some point of time. Cinema can have a radiating effect on your thoughts and behaviour for whenever you watch an appealing movie, you tend to become a part of the world it creates. Animated movies have an upperhand in captivating minds for they possess visual creativity coupled with an underlying message for life.

We pick up our early lessons from the cartoons we see during our childhood. However for some kids, these cartoons might be the only getaway and source of picking up tips for socialising as they grow up. Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams has created a documentary named Life, Animated which is inclusive of both animation and live action sequences.

The film follows the plot of the story of the young autistic kid Owen Suskind, who is unable to speak as a child until he and his family discover a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

As a kid, Owen is fascinated by Disney animated classics like Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. He picks up various characteristics from these animated characters and thus chalks out his way of living. His parents in turn materialise these movies and characters to communicate with him and understand the society in a broader aspect.

A release by the Orchard (in North America) of a A&E Indiefilms presentation of a Motto Pictures production, this film is produced by Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman. Life, Animated, based on the best selling book by Ron Suskind, has been travelling and winning awards at various film festivals and will have a limited theatrical release in the US on 1 July, 2016.