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"Don’t expect any cease and desist letters from Walt Disney Pictures to the makers of Life, Animated. This often moving, occasionally problematic documentary, directed by Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda), is about an autistic man named Owen, who as a child emerged from his silent world with the help of Aladdin, Ariel, Simba, Bambi, Dumbo, and Peter Pan, among many other fictional friends.", www.ew.com
"After exhibiting signs of autism at age 3, Owen Suskind could hardly produce a coherent sentence for years. But then he made an insightful point about his older brother and had a real conversation with his father — each moment inspired by Disney animated movies. “Life, Animated” is a deeply felt documentary about Owen’s often painful progress — he is now a mostly independent young adult with adequate speech skills who lives in his own apartment, but needs to be prompted on basics such as how to cross a busy street. The film marvels at the way Owen got a purchase on life via Disney, using lessons from “Peter Pan” and “The Jungle Book” to analyze his brother’s moods. His father, Ron, a Washington, DC, journalist, managed to break through to him using a puppet while pretending to be the parrot in “Aladdin.” But special-needs children are heartbreaking enough, so the goopy music ladled out by director Roger Ross", nypost.com
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