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‘Life, Animated’ Doc Opens This Friday

Documentary feature about Owen Suskind, a young man who learned how to communicate by immersing himself in the world of classic Disney animated films, opens in select theaters July 1.

A&E Indiefilms and Motto Pictures have announced the upcoming release for the touching and magical documentary Life, Animated. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles this week on Friday, July 1st. From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, 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 stepstoward independence.

The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three-year-old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent, and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.

Source: A&E Indiefilms/Motto Pictures