Directed by Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is a documentary based on the book by the same name, written by Owen Suskind's father Ross. The film is very touching story about how a love of Disney films helped improve the communication skills of this young man with autism, with the film featuring multiple Disney clips, relating to moments in Owen's life. Owen specifically has a love of the sidekicks of Disney films and Life, Animated features a beautifully animated version of a short story Owen wrote about how he is destined to protect the sidekicks.
Life, Animated does the dual task of telling the story of Owen Suskind's challenging childhood, while also showing Owen's attempts at living on his own at an Assisted Living Community. There are some heartbreakingly sad moments in this film, with the emotions being compounded by equally sad Disney clips. However, Life, Animated ends up overall being a very inspirational story of sidekicks, heroes, and autism.