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‘Life, Animated’: Sundance Doc Highlights Family’s Struggle With Autism — Video

Fri, January 22, 2016 9:10pm EDT by Chris Rogers 1 Comment

It’s the return of ‘Aladdin’s Iago! In a touching video, ‘Life, Animated’ director Roger Ross Williams explains how a family struggled to communicate with their son, who has autism, until they started using a puppet of the famous Disney character. Watch!

Could you imagine not being able to communicate with a family member effectively? A new Sundance Film Festival documentary, Life, Animated, highlights one family’s struggle with autism and how a puppet of a character from Disney’s Aladdin helped their situation. Watch the director, Roger Ross Williams, and Aladdin actors Gilbert Gottfried and Jonathan Freeman discuss the documentary, here!

“Ron’s son, Owen, was 6-years-old and autistic, and father and son couldn’t speak to each other. He put on a puppet of my character, Iago the parrot, and started imitating me. That broke down the wall,” Gilbert told @Hollywood at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22.

To watch more of the interview, which also features Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in Aladdin, watch the clip above!

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Is Life, Animated a documentary you want to see? Tell us how you feel.