Pixar's Sanjay Patel Transforms Hindu Gods Into Cartoon Super Heroes

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Growing up as the child of Indian immigrants in the 1980s in San Bernardino, Sanjay Patel often felt tempted to watch cartoons instead of joining his father for Hindu prayers. As an adult, the Pixar artist found a way to pay homage to both worlds with "Sanjay's Super Team," an animated short which played before "The Good Dinosaur" in theaters and has been nominated for an Academy Award. The film centers around a young Indian- American boy who gets pulled into a world where Hindu deities become cartoon action heroes and who learns how to bond with his father in the process.


Sanjay Patel, animator, Pixar; his short animated film, "Sanjay's Super Team," has been nominated for an Academy Award