Now in his early twenties, Owen is nervous but excited about starting the next chapter of his life. He's about to graduate from college, where he helps run a Disney club for other like-minded individuals, and his long-term girlfriend, Emily, is set to move into the apartment just upstairs from Owen.
He's come a long way from when was as a child. His father recalls how he was only able to have his first conversation with his son while wearing an Iago puppet and imitating the voice of Gilbert Gottfried from Aladdin. Couple this with run-ins with bullies at school, and being unable to keep up with the learning pace of other classmates, Owen endured a rather tumultuous childhood.
Director Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda) adapts Ron Suskind's book with the aid of evocative, sketch-like animation and a number of Disney clips that not only help illuminate Owen's childhood, but also brings to life Owen's own stories he's written about a boy living on an island with Disney sidekicks. (The Archive)