Pixar’s New Super Hero Short Animated Film ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

By Vince Matthews

Take the two hottest things in the movie business: super heroes and Pixar (In case you missed it, Inside Out had the biggest opening ever for a non-franchise film), and put them together. Now what have you got?

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Sanjay and his super team will be coming to theaters this Thanksgiving.

Sanjay’s Super Team is the latest short film from Pixar. The animated short will precede Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur in theaters on November 25, 2015.

…a kind of ancient, Hindu version of The Avengers, with the gods appearing like superheroes.
– Sanjay Patel, Director

This is one in a long line of Pixar Animation Studios short films. The film premiered on June 15, 2015 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France and has animation fans excited.

Directed by Sanjay Patel, whose childhood inspired Sanjay’s Super Team, the movie follows a young Indian boy who struggles with life at home. Patel sees it as, “a kind of ancient, Hindu version of The Avengers, with the gods appearing like superheroes.”

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The setting of the film is inspired by the Lido Motel, an old Route 66 motel his parents bought and Patel worked at when he was a young boy.

Moviemakers use Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling as a guide for animated moviemaking. Patel is a supervising animator and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. He pitched the idea for the short to Pixar execs in summer 2012.

Pixar knows how to create 3D computer animation and it shows in the wide range of subjects that Pixar brings to life. The company’s animation styles are also highly influential.

Patel is making a name for himself outside of Pixar as a very busy artist and designer. Sanjay Patel’s website hosts some amazing projects, like the children’s book Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth.