Life as a Disney movie: The importance of animation in expressing feelings

Many people do not know a lot about Autism, and do not really understand what it is. This documentary, exploring the use of animation to express feelings, will definitely change that.

According to the National Autistic Society , “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others” (2006). Autistic people see the world differently to others and the extent of this can be on a spectrum, from slightly impacted to highly impacted.

Autism is explained more at http://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx .

The plot

We visited Owen Suskind, an autistic individual  who lived with his parents and brother, Walter.

His parents were unaware of his condition and struggled to cope with the change in their son. They thought they had “lost him” as he briefly stopped speaking and developed Echolalia, the process of repeating words or phrases.

His parents were aware of this obsession with Disney Movie, but did not look into it very far, until they made an insightful discovery.

They started to talk to him in Disney voices and watched Disney movies with him. They used these movies to help him cope with difficult situations such as growing up, moving house or undertaking a degree.

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Disney movie characters which can relate to Owen’s emotional state

Although this plot is brief, I wanted you to have an open mind when you saw it and not have premade opinions on it. For more information and viewing times, you can visit https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/life-animated .

Recommendations

The film was heart warming, and slightly sad. The film showed that everyone is different and has their own difficulties. It was an interesting insight into autism and I hope that it raises more awareness of the disability.

Bye for now.

 

 

 

 

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