Life, Animated

Synopsis: Owen Suskind was a boy of considerable promise, until he developed autism at the age of 3. As Owen withdrew into his silent state, his parents almost lost hope that he find some way to interact with his world in some meaningful way. However, that way was found through animated films, especially those of the Walt Disney Company, which provided Owen a way to understand the world through its stories to the point of creating his own. This film covers the life of Owen and how he manages to become as functional as possible with the help of Disney and his family to the point of having his own life. However, Owen soon learns as well that there is more to real life than what Disney can illustrate in animation even as his family prepares itself for an uncertain future with him.
Director(s): Roger Ross Williams
Production: A&E IndieFilms
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Ron, do I have to keep my hand

pressed on the red button?

- What?

- I don't have to keep my hand

- pressed on the red button?

- No.

...shut his eyes fight shut.

Huffed and puffed.

Oh, but the candle barely flickered,

and there were 39 left to go.

Can you guys

say good night to me?

Can you say,

"Good night, Mommy?


Good night, angel.

- Good-bye, good night.

- Good night.

Okay, blow Mommy a kiss.

- No!

- Mommy, pick Owen up.

- Get me up.

- Okay, you can both come up.

Okay. One big, happy family

about to go into the water.

- You want to say hi to Mommy?

- Hi, Mom.

- Hi, guys.

- I want to watch a video.

You want to watch a video?

Well, I'm taking a video

oi you guys reading

The Biggest Birthday Cake in the World.

Last book reading,

which we do every single night.

Walt Disney Pictures.

Okay, our next film

is a wonderful children's film.

And the Academy Award...

So what we're gonna do today,

when you're out in the community, right?

When you're... Next year,

when you're making appointments

and having to find locations,

you always have to be...

- Aware.

- Aware, right.

So when we're walking

through the community,

what's our posture for walking?

- This.

- Okay.

- What about our chins? Where are they?

- Chin up.

Where's the safest place to cross?

Go back and forth across Main Street?

- I-I can... I need help here.

- Okay. Who wants to help him?

- I'll do it.

- Go ahead.

- The crosswalk.

- Crosswalk.

- The crosswalk.

- You're right.

So next year you'll be

more independent,

and you'll

have more choices to make.

I've got to teach my son

a lesson.

My name is Owen Suskind.

I'll be graduating in a month.

Then I'll be moving and living

into an apartment of my own.

Since Beauty and the Beast...

I'm home!

- Yay, buddy.

- Owen!

Owen, I just got back

from the grocery store.

- Oh, that's great.

- What would you like for lunch?

A grilled ham and cheese.

Excuse me, I need to find...

- Your apples, right?

- Okay.

Owen, your sandwich

is over there, bud.

Thanks. And I'll get three

Chips Ahoy! cookies.


You got a big rite of passage

coming with graduation.

You're gonna be out of school.

Now we can start thinking

a little more about the future?

- Yeah, yeah.

- How's that feel?

A little nervous

and a little exciting.

A little nervous and a little exciting.

I'm so glad

you came back tonight.

- I might never have seen you.

- Why?

Because I have to grow up tomorrow.

Grow up?

Tonight's my last night in the nursery.

But that means no more stories.

No, I won't have it!

Come on.

- But where are we going?

- To Neverland.

I'll run him through.

Take that.

Blast this hook.

Come on, everybody.

Hurry, Michael!

Don't stand there, you bilge rats!

Get those scurvy brats!

Oh, no!

Daddy and Owen...

Fighting with swords in the leaves.

Owen, who are you?

I'm Peter Pan.

And you're Captain Hook.

Oh, I'm Captain Hook. You're Peter Pan.

Okay. Come on, Pan, you demon.

There's a video we came across,

and then once we found it,

we couldn't stop watching it.

Oh, thank you, thank you.

That's very chivalrous of you.

Now, in a way, it's just

an unremarkable video

of a dad and a son playing.

I'm chasing Owen around.

He's chasing me around.

He's Peter Pan.

I'm Captain Hook.

Oh, no!

At the time we shot it,

I'm in my early 30s.

I'm a reporter

for The Wall Street Journal,

and our life is taking shape

just the way we'd wanted.

We had two beautiful boys.

We'd just had our second boy.

We had a little, tiny house,

but it was just, like, our dream house.

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Ron Suskind

Ronald Steven "Ron" Suskind (born November 20, 1959) is an American journalist and author. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000, where he won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for articles that became the starting point for his first book, A Hope in the Unseen. His other books include The Price of Loyalty, The One Percent Doctrine, The Way of the World, Confidence Men, and his memoir Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism. Suskind has written about the George W. Bush Administration, the Barack Obama Administration, and related issues of the United States' use of power. more…

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