We had an absolute blast at the Sundance Film Festival this year. As reported earlier, we picked up a great new action/comedy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and now there’s more news from Utah — we are teaming up with A&E IndieFilms and director Roger Ross Williams to bring his inspiring documentary Life, Animated to North America!
Life, Animated, which won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in US Documentary competition, is the coming of age story about Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who grew up with a sense of longing for a companion in his life. Owen learned to overcome great fears and challenges once his parents realized that they could connect to his world through classic Disney characters. In this selected clip, Owen’s father Ron describes communicating with his son by pretending to be Iago, the sidekick to Jafar from Aladdin. Through this interaction he learned that his son felt lonely because his disability kept him from making friends. Ron and his wife Cornelia then understood that they could relate to their son through the use of more Disney characters at home and in their lives, and in this sense made Owen feel like he was living in his ideal world.