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bySandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense MediaJun 30, 2016
Parents need to know that "Life, Animated" is an incredibly moving documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, who chronicles the remarkable story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who has memorized shelves full of Disney movies and processes emotions and relationships via the characters and storylines in the films. Many, many Disney movies and characters are featured, as well as a couple of associated cast and crew members. The language is generally tame, with the exception of one exasperated use of "s--t." There are also references to bullying and sex and one joke about "Disney porn." The movie has mature themes related to disability, adult children with special needs, the meaning of independence, the way people communicate/connect, and more. Overall, it's a phenomenal, poignant movie that's ideal for families with young teens or middle-school-aged tweens.