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There is no bond stronger than between a dad and his son. I’ve learned this as a parent and because I’m the mom, I’ve had to hide my disappointment when my son, for years, wanted to spend more time with his dad than with me. I’m certain much of that same disappointment was felt when our son wasn’t interested in baseball like his dad was, but instead wanted to read comic books. Or wanted nothing to do with motorcycles, but instead wanted to watch WWE.
Sanjay Patel tells his story from his point of view as a child. Like many of us, we don’t truly appreciate what our parents teach us, or how they try to connect with us, until we’re older. This was the case with Patel and his father, and what else would a Pixar employee do but turn those feelings into an entertaining and touching short – Sanjay’s Super Team.
Sanjay’s Super Team is a fascinating and colorful daydream of Patel as a child when he finds himself bored with his father’s religious meditation. He begins to imagine Hindu gods as superheroes and himself becoming part of this team.
We had the honor of hearing Sanjay Patel speak about the process of his film and about his family and how nervous he was for his dad to see it. At its core, it’s an homage to his family, especially to his dad, and to their religion and his lack of understanding of its importance to his dad when he was a child.
The first time his dad viewed Patel’s creation, Pixar recorded his reaction; it was nothing but pride for his son and watching this brought tears to the eyes of most of us there to see it.
Please don’t miss Sanjay’s Super Team in theaters with The Good Dinosaur this Thanksgiving!