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Recommended Viewing: The Trailer for Life, Animated

Life, Animated is an inspirational documentary about Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered they could communicate via the world of classic Disney animated films.

Life, Animated blends classic Disney sequences with documentary footage from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality.

Beautiful, original animation offers insight into Owen’s dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of animated sidekicks.

The film is directed by Roger Ross Williams, and is based on the book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, by Owen’s father Ron Suskind. Life, Animated opens on July 1st, 2016.

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This one’s good.

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[Lavapasta]: FLCL and Western Animation

Across the animation spectrum, Studio Gainax’s FLCL and Warner Brothers’ Teen Titans reveal the different ways in which Japanese animation is influenced by western animation, and how western animation is influenced by Japanese animation, all while retaining their original positions in each cultural medium. 

In today’s context, what exactly is so significant about FLCL?