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‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ marks two firsts for Pixar

Sanjay Patel, Sanjay's Super Team, Short Film, The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Simoa • April 29, 2015

For the first time, Pixar has two original films that will be released this year. The Good Dinosaur will follow Inside Out in November, and with it, a brand new short.

‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ will be the first Pixar film starring a character of color. Director Sanjay Patel drew on his childhood experiences to create the 7 minute short, which chronicles a Hindu prayer ritual with his father.

It’s also the first time religion is the subject in a Pixar film. The short concerns Sanjay daydreaming about the Hindu gods as ancient superheroes, not unlike Marvel’s The Avengers. As Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times writes: “As the daydream progresses, the color, light and animation of the film grows increasingly dazzling and cosmic, and Sanjay grows closer to understanding his father’s inner world.”

 

Patel is the third Asian American director at Pixar, joining Ronnie del Carmen, co director of Inside Out, and Pete Sohn, director of The Good Dinosaur. He was candid in describing the difficulties of embracing his Indian heritage as a boy and even into adulthood. Nevertheless, Pixar chief John Lasseter was enthusiastic about “celebrating the personal side of the story.” This could be the beginning of a shift at Pixar with more racially diverse casts and directors helming their future projects. That of course is an exciting prospect, and Patel explains why.

 

“If I could, I would go back to the 1980s and give my younger self this short. I want to normalize and bring a young brown boy’s story to the pop culture zeitgeist. To have a broad audience like Pixar’s see this … it is a big deal. I’m so excited about that.”

‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ will premiere at France’s Annecy International Film Festival in June, before it comes to theaters nationwide with The Good Dinosaur on November 25th.

 

 

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“Lava” at the San Francisco International Film Festival

Events, Inside Out, James Ford Murphy, Lava

Posted by Simoa • April 23, 2015

Our readers in the Bay Area are in for a special treat. The San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off today, a two week long festival that celebrates the best in film. The latest Pixar short film, “Lava”, which plays with Inside Out this summer, is going to be screened as part of the festival’s Shorts 5 program. Director James Ford Murphy will also be on hand to answer questions following the screening and sign autographs. You can see the full list of short films below, including one by former Pixarian Saschka Unseld, director of  2013’s “The Blue Umbrella”.

Aria for a Cow
A musical plea from the often neglected and underappreciated barnyard inhabitants is brought to life by a never-heard before song by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken. (Dan Lund, USA 2015, 7 min)

Cows (Moosic Video)
Not enough dancing cows you say? Well, we’ve got another bovine musical showstopper guaranteed to udderly satisfy even the most lactose intolerant of audience members. (Sandra Boynton, USA 2014, 3 min)

Duet
This lovely tale is a celebration of life through the hand-drawn line. Animated and directed by the creator of Ariel, Pocahantas, Tarzan and Rapunzel. (Glen Keane, USA 2014, 4 min)

Home
It’s hard to leave your childhood home and the memories you’ve created there. Some things we are forced to leave behind and then there is the rest we’ll always keep close to our hearts. (Saschka Unseld, USA 2014, 5 min)

Lava
Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, this musical love story takes place over millions of years. (James Ford Murphy, USA 2014, 8 min)
This is a Cinema by the Bay film.

Lila
Armed with a boundless imagination and talent for drawing, Lila creatively fills in the missing pieces of her life and the world around her. (Carlos Lascano, Argentina/Spain 2014, 9 min)

My Big Brother
Sure, we’ve all fought with our siblings, and sometimes it’s even hard to see eye to eye with them. We’ve got it easy compared to these vertically challenged brothers. (Jason Rayner, USA 2014, 3 min)
This is a Cinema by the Bay film.

One, Two, Tree
This is the story of a tree like any other. One day it jumps into a pair of boots and goes for a walk. (Yulia Aronova, France/Switzerland 2015, 7 min)

Simorgh
A stunningly designed piece that incorporates Persian music, calligraphic art and ornamental designs to tell the traditional Persian story of life that deals with the fragility of self-worth. (Meghdad Asadi Lari, USA 2014, 5 min)

The Story of Percival Pilts
A whimsical story about living an impractical life based on a childhood promise, where the phrase “reaching for the stars” takes on a whole new vertigo-inducing meaning. (Janette Goodey, John Lewis, Australia/New Zealand 2015, 9 min)

Super Sounds
A shy and lonely young boy lets down his guard long enough to welcome in a potential new friendship. (Stephen de Villiers, Australia 2014, 12 min)

Students are also encouraged to enter the Nellie Wong essay contest following the screening. Winners of the contest will be able to attend a screening of Inside Out at Pixar! This is certainly an opportunity not to be missed, and we hope our West Coast readers take full advantage!

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The Incredibles 2

Brad Bird, The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2

Posted by Simoa • April 9, 2015

When Bob Iger announced that Pixar would be releasing a sequel to The Incredibles last year, the news was met with a lot of celebration. This is the one Pixar sequel that everyone has been waiting for it seems. And now news has surfaced that Brad Bird has begun writing it. bob1

In an interview with NPR, in which he discussed his upcoming live action venture for Disney, Tomorrowland, Bird mentioned that the project is “percolating” and that he’s just starting to write it. Now all of those sites posting fake news items about the film’s summer 2016 release date can stop. This film is very likely a long ways off, considering Bird has only just started to write it. It seems like he’ll have total control over the sequel, which is encouraging since the world and its characters mean so much to him, and he’s always avoided a sequel unless the right story came along.

What do you think of an Incredibles 2?

 

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