Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Producers: Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman
Length: 92 mins
Festivals: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, Dead CENTER Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival
Date: 9th December 2016