Sunday, 17 May 2015

First art from Pixar's next short arrives online

While we already know that Lava will be the short film screening in front of Pixar's Inside Out this July, the company have recently announced that the new short will be attached to its late 2015 release, The Good Dinosaur. Take a look at the first picture from Sanjay's Super Team.

It's the directorial debut of Sanjay Patel, an artist who has worked in character design and animation at the studio since A Bug's Life (1998). After working on movies such as The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007) and Monsters University (2013), he will be bringing to life a story based on his own childhood.

Growing up in California in the 1980s as the child of Indian immigrants, his world was a blend of the superheroes he loved to watch in cartoons on TV and his parents' strong religion. So the short follows him as a youngster combining both worlds, seeing an ancient, Hindu take on the Avengers, with the gods as superheroes bringing colour and life into his world. "If I could, I would go back to the 1980s and give my younger self this short," Patel tells the LA Times. "I want to normalise 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."

Patel pitched the short to studio boss John Lasseter and the Pixar team back in 2012 and it will premiere at this year's Annecy International Animation Festival in France this June ahead of The Good Dinosaur's UK release in November.

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