The movie is about the dichotomy of faith that a father and his young son undergo.
By Sreejith Vallikunnu
Indian American film director Sanjay Patel’s film ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ has been shortlisted among 10 animated short films to advance in the voting process for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.
Sixty short films were originally qualified before the list was reduced down to 10.
â€œShort films and feature animation branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December,â€ read a statement on the website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“Bear Story,” “Carface”, “If I Was God”, “Love in the time of March Madness”, “My Home”, “An Object at Rest”, “Prologue”, “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,: and “World of Tomorrow” are the other nine shortlisted titles.
“Sanjay’s Super Team” is a Pixar short animated film – Inspired by Patel’s own childhood when he felt conflicted by the modern world and Hindu traditions of his family. It is one of the rare directorial ventures where an Indian American is utilizing his own life experience to carve an animated version of it.
The trailer of the short film gives an impression that the movie will be about the dichotomy of faith inside a father-son duo home, where the kid admires and instills full faith in the cartoon heroes and, on the contrary, his father rings bells, seeking god’s protection.
According to Buzzfeed India, the press preview of the seven-minute short film shows Sanjay re-imagining Hindu gods as his superheroes after his father abruptly switches off the television while the boy was intently watching a cartoon show.
The short film was premiered on June 15, 2015 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, and will accompany the theatrical release of Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” on December 4, 2015, according to Hindustan Times.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 am PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.