“The world is full of chaos and craziness. My world is full of logic and beauty. And the more I can make my outside world like my inner world, the easier my life is, the happier I am. Therefore I desperately build the life of my dreams. … I wish that for all of you, that you find your dream. That you desperately cling to that dream and that you make it because it will keep you sane.” – Chou Chou Scantlin
This enlightening documentary takes us inside the worlds of Chou Chou, a big band singer and highly articulate autistic adult, and her husband, Doc Scantlin, the band’s leader who not plays music from the 1930s, but lives in that world too. We learn of the crucial role Chou Chou’s mother played into helping Chou Chou bridge her world with ours and how her match with Doc, made in “Toontown,” gave her love, a livelihood and a mission. We share with Chou Chou her discovery of embracing her autism as she reaches out to others like her. And we spend time with Chou Chou and Doc at home, on the road and on stage, to share in the magic they have both created and to witness the challenges they face to keep their dream alive. This documentary will challenge our notions of “normal” and of what constitutes a full life. With Chou Chou, we wade into an emotional debate over the identity of high-functioning autistic adults and how on one hand, she has a “diagnosis,” but on the other, her husband, who has no diagnosis, is, as she describes, “as crazy as she.” Perhaps, we gain an opportunity to reexamine what “normal” means and look at the world and ourselves in a fresh way.