What if a Disney movie wasn’t something to simply play in the car for your kids during long road trips, but rather the only way of understanding how they feel? If you can watch the video below, please do. I just loved the story, it is so touching. It’s about an autistic boy, Owen, who was once unable to communicate because of a sudden development of autism. During this time, the only thing he found comfort in was Disney movies. And not just comfort, but a way of understanding the world around him and how to exist in it, relate to it, and connect with others. When his parents realized these animated movies were the key to communicating with Owen, it was a tremendous breakthrough for everyone. As Owen grew up, the movies and characters continued to help him process the many layers to life- and a girlfriend was naturally one of them. When asked what movie helped him in that arena, he quotes Beauty and the Beast :
“BEAST: “I’ve never felt this way about anyone. I want to do something for her. But what?”
COGSWORTH: “Well, there’s the usual things — flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep …”
LUMIERE: “Ahh, no no. It has to be something very special. Something that sparks her interest.”
I promise you won’t regret spending ten minutes on this segment. I had two favorite parts: the one where the father shows what he did when he finally realized how to connect with his son and the answer Owen gave to Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes when she asked him what character spoke to him most. Hope you had a great day. There are some Disney quotes below for your entertainment.
Keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again.
Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become.
-Mufasa’s Ghost, The Lion King
You’re at peace because you know it’s okay to be afraid.
Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.
-Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas
If you focus on what you have left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead!
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
-Alice In Wonderland
No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.
Some people care too much … I think it’s called love.
-Winnie the Pooh