SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM will bridge the gap between an impatient boy and his father’s culture.
We still have until June to see Disney/Pixar’s latest animation, INSIDE OUT, but we’re already getting the details of SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM– the short film that will precede the next Disney/Pixar feature coming in November, THE GOOD DINOSAUR.
SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM follows a young Indian boy who sometimes struggles to understand and accept his father’s dedication to Hindu culture until the day he’s able to relate it back to his own word by imagining Hindi gods as superheroes.
Here’s the first piece of concept art and a synopsis:
The seven-minute short begins with young Sanjay watching cartoons and eating cereal in a bland, beige room as his father jingles a bell, beckoning him to join in meditation. Reluctant and bored by the ceremony, Sanjay begins daydreaming a kind of ancient, Hindu version of “The Avengers,” with the gods appearing like superheroes. As the daydream progresses, the color, light and animation of the film grows increasingly dazzling and cosmic, and Sanjay grows closer to understanding his father’s inner world.
The short is directed by Sanjay Patel, who hopes the cartoon will speak to the children of immigrants:
“If I could, I would go back to the 1980s and give my younger self this short. I want to normalize and bring a young brown boy’s story to the pop culture zeitgeist. To have a broad audience like Pixar’s see this … it is a big deal. I’m so excited about that.”