Pixar has a delightful tradition of including shorts along with their movies. This year, The Good Dinosaur will be preceded by Sanjay’s Super Team, a short tale about being a child of two cultures as a first-generation Indian-American boy and his father struggle to appreciate one another’s viewpoints. Young Sanjay’s father wants his son to appreciate Hindu traditions. Sanjay wants to watch cartoons.
Ultimately, Sanjay sees a different kind of super team, one that gets his attention and allows him to appreciate the culture his father has been trying to share with him.
Synopsis for Sanjay’s Super Team
In “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.