'Life, Animated' will arrive in theaters on July 1

By Joey Nolfi
Updated May 31, 2016 at 09:00 PM EDT

Oscar-winning documentarian Roger Ross Williams’ latest feature, Life, Animated, soared through Park City, Utah on glowing reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and now EW has the exclusive reveal of the film’s new theatrical poster.

The film revolves around the life of Owen Suskind (son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind), a boy with autism who could not speak for years of his young life. Owen’s affinity for Disney movies, however, allowed him to discover an outlet through which he could communicate with his family. After memorizing dozens of titles from the Mouse’s filmography, Owen used them as building blocks to create a new, personal language expressing his emotions. His family joined in, taking on roles as animated characters as a means to connect with their son through music, lyrics, and Disney dialogue.

Life, Animated, which was produced by Emmy-winner Julie Goldman (Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden) and based on Ron Suskind’s book Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, premiered at Sundance in January, earning raves from critics and audiences alike. After winning Sundance’s Directing Award in the Documentary category, Williams took the film to New York City, where it screened in April as part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Williams previously won his Oscar for directing the 2010 documentary short Music by Prudence.


After acquiring the film in February, indie distributor The Orchard (Cartel Land) will release Life, Animated in theaters on July 1. See Ron and Owen discussing the latter’s formative years in a 2014 video feature from The New York Times, below.