In the year since his diagnosis, Owen’s only activity with his brother, Walt, is something they did before the autism struck: watching Disney movies. “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” — it was a boom time for Disney — and also the old classics: “Dumbo,” “Fantasia,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi.” They watch on a television bracketed to the wall in a high corner of our smallish bedroom in Georgetown. It is hard to know all the things going through the mind of our 6-year-old, Walt, about how his little brother, now nearly 4, is changing. They pile up pillows on our bed and sit close, Walt often with his arm around Owen’s shoulders, trying to hold him — and the shifting world — in place.
Then Walt slips out to play with friends, and Owen keeps watching. Movie after movie. Certain parts he rewinds and rewatches. Lots of rewinding. But he seems content, focused.
We ask our growing team of developmental specialists, doctors and therapists about it. We were never big fans of plopping our kids in front of Disney videos, but now the question seemed more urgent: Is this good for him? They shrug. Is he relaxed? Yes. Does it seem joyful? Definitely. Keep it limited, they say. But if it does all that for him, there’s no reason to stop it.
Here’s a fantastic article from the New York Times by Ron Suskind. He adapted the article from his own book, Life, Animated, which comes out on April 1st of this year.
Awhile ago we created a YouTube channel and unfortunately it was deleted a month ago when YouTube changed their format and connected everything to Google+.
We created a new channel that you can follow here! I’ve been working incredibly hard to get a video podcast started for The Animation Archive which will become live in April at the latest! We’ll share all videos we post here; and when it’s available we’ll provide links so you can access the video podcast on your computers through iTunes and YouTube, or the podcast app on your iOS devices.
We’ll also have an audio podcast that will act as a companion to the video podcast. The audio podcast will be geared more towards interviews with animators and creators. The video podcast will play like short documentary style films where we explore the history of animation. I’d also like to include interviews and studio visits in them as well.
I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to get it started. Down the line I might be looking for future contributors so be on the look out for that.
I’ve also gone ahead and created social media pages for The Animation Archive so you can follow us everywhere! Most of the content posted here will just get reposted on the social media sites - they’re mainly being created so we can expand outside of Tumblr and reach those who don’t use this site.
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