Stories can be avenues through which we explore, discover and understand our own emotions. After all, everyone has that movie that helped lead him/her out of dark times. As for Owen Suskind, son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, he has many. Suddenly becoming voiceless and diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Owen struggled to express himself. It wasn’t until watching Disney animated classics like “The Jungle Book” or “The Lion King” that he found his voice as the themes of the films offered him means of navigating his emotions and traversing the world. The documentary that captured this story, “Life, Animated,” released its first trailer this past week.
Per the official release, the film, often through its own animation of Owen’s journey, explores “how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality.” As we watch Owen find words again through the power of movies, perhaps we’ll be able to explore ourselves through the power of his story.
Check out the trailer above! “Life, Animated” is set to release on July 1st.