Disney Movies and Autism: Sundance winner Life Animated in theatres

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ron Suskind’s thriving three-year-old Owen suddenly went silent. This moment will prove to be the start of Ron and Owen’s journey through autism.

For years after, Owen had a hard time sharing his emotions and connecting with others. It wasn’t until his passion for Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King emerged that Owen finally had the tools he needed to learn social cues and build relationships.

Knowing that this difficult journey is shared with many other families who have children with disabilities, Ron decided to write a book about Owen called “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.” The book spoke to so many parents that Ron decided to turn it into a feature film.

Life, Animated has won five awards at major film festivals, including the Directing Award for US Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated is airing in select theatres across the country, including Kendall Square in Boston and at Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.

Check it out to see what you and your family might learn from Owen’s journey to independence!