Friday, October 7, 2016

Life, Animated (2016)

Director: Roger Ross Williams. 89 min. Rated PG. France/USA. Documentary.

I had previously heard about this on the Radiolab episode "Juicervose",  about the boy who was rescued from the abyss of autism, by his connection to Disney cartoons. And the first half of the documentary is actually both heartbreaking and fascinating, showing in scattered beautiful animated segments what happened to little Owen Suskind can happen to any child, and how there is hope for any child. But then the second half shows him trying become independent in his 20s, and the film significantly loses its charm. Makes you suspicious if and to what extent Disney contributed to producing the film.

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