While around these parts, Disney movies are often discussed in terms of their performance at the box office, it’s easy to forget that the films themselves are beloved by children, resonating in ways that adults will never quite understand. In the upcoming documentary “Life, Animated,” which is slated to make its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, that point is powerfully made.
Directed by Roger Ross Williams, the story follows Owen, an autistic kid who couldn’t speak for years but found a conduit to the world around him through Disney films. His father, author Ron Suskind, who profiled their mutual journey in the book on which the movie is based, makes clear how “Aladdin” marked a critical breakthrough moment for Owen.
“Life, Animated” will have its first screening at Sundance on Saturday, January 23rd at 2 PM at The Marc in Park City.