You know that feeling you got as a child when your parents would call to you from afar while you were immersed in your own world of toys, reading, or watching Saturday morning cartoons?
It seemed inconvenient that they needed you right at that moment, but they were obviously calling you for some reason. You may have even rolled your eyes as you yelled back, “Coming!“
That’s a similar scenario (with a cool cultural twist) that Sanjay’s Super Team director, Sanjay Patel sets up as he gives us a glimpse into his own world while growing up (from a recent USA Today sneak peek article).
Sanjay is glued to the TV and Dad interrupts by ringing his bell for morning meditation. Patel noted, “I knew exactly what that meant: ‘Turn off the TV, Sanjay, and get your tail over here. We’re going to chant and count mala beads for half an hour,'” Patel recalls, laughing. “And I’m like, ‘I don’t really want to do that. I really want to watch Voltron.'”
The article also reveals a few additional insights that were previously unknown — and some of them contain spoilers.
- The three deities: the monkey-like Hanuman, the goddess of power and protection Durga, and the blue-skinned Vishnu, who represents preservation.
- The deities come alive to take care of a pesky monster.
- The short doesn’t contain any dialogue and is scored by Mychael Danna and when Sanjay meets the deities, Danna employs a bansuri, a South Asian flute and spiritual instrument associated with Vishnu, Patel says. “It’s a choice that only somebody who really understood the culture would make and something for sure my dad would really appreciate.“
More details on the short will be released at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con panel (July 9) geared towards the short film, so stay tuned. Additional details surrounding the short film, Patel’s artwork and even the official “art of” book can be found here.
What are your thoughts on the new images and details from the film? Leave a comment below or chat about it in the Pixar Post Forum dedicated to Sanjay’s Super Team. One element that we’re already enamored with are the vibrant colors – we can’t wait to see more.
Sanjay’s Super Team will be released alongside The Good Dinosaur this November 25, 2015.