Life Animated was released in 2016. (same year La La Land came out) It was unanimously praised by critics. The documentary became can eligible nominee at “The 89th Academy Awards” for “Best Documentary Feature.” Unfortunately, it lost to “OJ: Made In America.”
Several Disney movies are getting remade including “Snow White,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame,” “Bambi,” “Robin Hood” & “Hercules.” I wanted to share my thoughts on this heartwarming documentary before the aforementioned remakes come out.
Original Disney Animated Films titled, “Raya And The Last Dragon” & “Encanto” are slated to come out this year.
I want say too much on this Oscar nominated documentary. I’ll list a few things as possible. Unlike scripted films, documentaries speak for themselves. Keep in mind, this review is short. Again, documentaries speak for themselves.
Positive & Negative Elements
Positive: The documentary centers around Owen Suskind. A young man on the spectrum. At an early age, he loses his touch on reality. Suddenly, a miracle happened, he begins to adapt to reality thanks to Disney movies guiding him on a path on growing up.
I’m kinda similar to Owen as I’m also on the spectrum. I can relate to him. Animated shows like “Batman: The Animated Series,” “X-Men: The Animated Series” & “Spider-Man: The Animated Series” managed to allow me on a similar path on growing up. I find superheroes relatable. As a critic, I’m passionate for Marvel/DC movies and I always share my fondness for them. Owen & I are not so different.
Owen and family members are interviewed.
A few clips shows Owen obviously watching Disney movies. If somebody makes a documentary about me, I want somebody to film me watching Christopher Nolan’s filmography and the aforementioned cartoons I used to watch growing up.
Owen runs his own fan club. I also run my own club dedicated to my idol, Christopher Nolan under, “Nolanites.” If anybody likes to join my club, don’t be shy. Owen also writes fan fiction. Wait a second. I wrote my own original scripts inspired by my favorite filmmakers besides my idol like Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, James Gunn, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson & Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Cinematography was shot really well. I didn’t mind most of the Shaky Cam since this is a documentary.
Home Videos and photographs capture Owen’s childhood.
Gilbert Gottfried (voice of Iago) & Jonathan Freeman (voice of Jafar) appear in the flesh. It’s heartwarming they met Owen in person. If I encounter Christopher Nolan, I might pass out.
Drawings are displayed to show Owen’s psychosis.
Negative: Shaky Cam is used at times. I’m giving this flaw a pass, because some documentaries contain Shaky Cam.
I couldn’t find nothing wrong with this documentary. I’m giving this an Extra Point without making me feel bored at all.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Life Animated is a feel good heartwarming documentary that’ll make you feel positive. If you’re a passionate fan of Disney movies, I strongly recommend this documentary.