Miscalculated. Underwhelming. Mediocre.
Uniquely personal short film from the Pixar team, relating a scene from the writer/director’s childhood with his father. Young Sanjay, like most kids, fantasizes about superheroes. A battle between his modern fantasies and the Hindu traditions of his family ensues when his father’s prayers conflict with a favorite television program of Sanjay’s. The hyper-cartoonish art style, while lovely, seems at odds with the material, and the main action feels designed to keep younger kids’ attention. I would have preferred a simpler design and telling of Sanjay’s story. Still, a decent enough short film.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-