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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.
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.
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?