Sanjay’s Super Team is one of Pixar’s newest and most noteworthy short films, created by Indian-American director Sanjay Patel. The film is called a “(mostly) true story,” and depicts the dream of a young, super hero-obsessed protagonist. Angry after his father shuts off his favorite TV show to focus on meditation, the boy daydreams and imagines what Hindu gods would be like as superheroes. The boy sees the gods Vishnu, Durga and Hanuman appear one after another, and how they join together in a fight. It is a story of clashes (and unifying elements) between technology and religion, new and old traditions, and a father and son. It’s a very cute story, and a nice window into the thoughts of a young member of the Indian diaspora.
It is Pixar’s first short film to depict an Indian protagonist and South Asian cultural elements. Hoping to see many more culturally challenging stories like this one 🙂
Take a look at a clip from the film here!
Curious to hear more about the background to this story? Listen to a Wall Street Journal interview with Sanjay Patel here:
Sanjay’s Super Team is one of 10 movies shortlisted for the Short Film Animated Oscar.