Life, Animated (2016)

lifeanimated“The image of autism in the early 90’s was not terribly flattering.” – Dr. Alan Rosenblatt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The story of an autistic boy whose parents found a way to connect to him via Disney animated films.

My Take on it – Most people haven’t had much personal experience with people afflicted with autism.

As a teen, I volunteered with a group that helped integrated teens (and young adults) afflicted with some kind of mental handicap and over the four years that I worked with them, I was exposed to numerous young men and women who had varying forms of disorders.

One of these young men, was a man named Gavin who was an autistic savant and was able to experience first hand what these people can be capable of.

Autistic savants [like Raymond from the movie Rain Man (1988)] have the phenomenal ability of being able to memorize things.

One of Gavin’s talents was the fact that he had memorized the calendar for the past century and was able to tell anyone what day of the week they were born, married or some other event.

He was right EVERY time and to this day nearly 30 years later, he and his friends have had such a lasting impression on me.

When I heard about this film, I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but as soon as I was introduced to Owen, I found a kindred spirit that I could understand and relate to based on my personal experiences.

Owen is able to memorize the dialogue of Disney films and he uses this ability to help him communicate with the world.

I loved the way that this film explains to all of us about Autism and the new found ways to communicate with people afflicted with it.

Owen uses this ability to better understand situations that he happens upon because the animated films from Disney are rich with messages and situations where both children and adults can use to get educated on so many different kind of personal themes.

The fact that Owen’s parents were able to identify this ability is a near miracle in and of itself and goes to show how multi-layered many Disney films can be.

I loved the way that we joined Owen on his own personal journey towards independence and self reliance because it truly is an amazing journey.

One of the best new documentaries that I’ve seen this year so far.

Bottom Line – Excellent story that show that there truly are ways to connect to someone with autism and for him or her to find a dialogue with the world. Owen has gone thru so much in his life and it’s nice to see his journey towards independence.   Proves how educational animated films can be. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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