Into the Melting Pot
ICultures mix, merge and find common ground in Pixar’s new short,
t’s a scene we’ve all been part of – on one end or the other. A child is hypnotized by a favorite cartoon show running on TV and the parent is desperately trying to engage the child in a conversation about important family business. In the case of the new Pixar short, Sanjay’s Super Team, a Hindu boy only has eyes for his favorite Saturday morning show while his father is pained that the boy won’t join him in his morning prayers.
But the short – attached to The Good Dinosaur – uses this set up to take us on a deeply biographical journey with director Sanjay Pa- tel, a veteran of films like Toy Story 2, The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc., who says his own father was frustrated by his son’s focus on American culture and cartoons like Transformers, Looney Tunes and Superman comics.
“I think I was embarrassed, at times, to be different from my American friends and I didn’t understand then that what makes you different makes you special, gives you a special perspective on things,” says Patel at a screening of his short film at Pixar in Emeryville, Calif.
Patel grew up in San Bernardino, Calif., where his parents owned and operated the
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