While watching Life, Animated I could relate to so many aspects of this story. During the film the parents talked about how at one time they thought Owen would never talk again or how when he did finally speak even though it was gibberish (until they figured out he was actually repeating from the movies), I can relate to both of these situations. My son has done the same thing using cartoons like Spongebob and Little Einsteins. He would answer us using dialog from the shows he had watched and use them in the correct context a lot like Owen did with Disney movies. I found myself crying during the film quite a few times but not out of sadness but out of happiness thinking of the possibilities. My son is only 12 years old now but the changes he has made since he was 4 years old are amazing. Like Owen's parents, I didn't think my son would ever talk in complete sentences or be able to answers common questions but he has since past those expectations. This film truly touched me because so many emotions the parents felt I have felt but they were resilient and thought outside the box in order to help their son.
When you have a child with autism you can sometimes get caught up in what is a normal or meaningful life and one line in the film that speaks volume to me is "who decides what a meaningful life is?" This will be a quote that I use and repeat often.
2- All children including ones on the autism spectrum want the same thing- acceptance and friendship.
I recommend watching this film, it is both inspirational and uplifting.