Animated short ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ to play in front of ‘The Good Dinosaur’

Continuing with the beloved Disney tradition of playing animated shorts before the main feature, Disney-Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur will be preceded by the new animated short film “Sanjay’s Super Team” when the former opens in Philippine theaters on November 25.

In “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist and director Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

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Sanjay Patel joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996 as an animator on “A Bug’s Life.” Since then he has animated on many of Pixar’s feature films, including “Toy Story 2,” “Monster’s Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars,” Toy Story 3” and “Monsters University.” In addition to animating, Patel also storyboarded extensively for “Monster’s Inc.,” “The Incredibles” and “Toy Story 2.” For the Cars Toons “Mater’s Tall Tales,” Patel stepped up to act as animation supervisor on many of the shorts in the series.

Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., in a Gujarati family, Patel’s earliest artistic influences stemmed from two very different worlds: comic books and Saturday morning cartoons, and the Hindu gods and spiritual culture that came to define his upbringing. After pursuing his artistic interests at the Cleveland Institute for the Arts, Cal-Arts and Pixar, Patel eventually turned his attention back to his roots, creating art, graphic novels and picture books that re-envisioned Hindu mythology in a modern, pop-culture way.

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“Sanjay’s Super Team” is Patel’s personal story and a “mostly true” chronicle of his journey to understand the Hindu world so important to his parents. Patel resides in Oakland with his fiancé and their son.

Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Opening across the Philippines on November 25, 2015, The Good Dinosaur is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #GoodDinoPH.

Meet the boys in ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’

Three of today’s most promising young actors play the titular, heroic scouts in Universal Pictures’ new horror-comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. They are Tye Sheridan who plays the stand-up guy, Ben; Logan Miller as the class clown Carter, and Joseph Morgan as the die-hard boy scout, Augie.

The three portray scouts and lifelong friends who join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Director Christopher explains why he cast the teen actors. “I saw Tye Sheridan in the movie `Mud’ and I knew he was the perfect Ben. He embodied all of his qualities: a kind heart, a little teenage insecurity, a good sense of humor and a strong sense of loyalty. Tye is all of those things. It was an easy choice for me. Logan Miller came in to audition and he was such a smart-ass. He has a quick wit and a sharp tongue – very Carter. His improv skills were off the chart and he never hit a false note. Joseph Morgan was living in Chicago and I saw his self-tape and flipped out. He played Augie with such sincerity and confidence. He can make you laugh out loud with a gesture and tear up with a look. I have said several times that he reminds me in the best way of a young John Candy.”

Recently named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, 18-year-old Tye Sheridan has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after young talents. Sheridan recently wrapped production for his starring role as young Cyclops in the highly anticipated “X-Men: Apocalypse” alongside a star studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

He was previously seen in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery novel “Dark Places” alongside Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Hoult.

Logan Miller was recently named one of The Wrap’s “Ten Breakout Stars” for his two films at Sundance this year. He began his career playing the young Matthew McConaughey in the New Line Cinema feature “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” for director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”).

Joey Morgan is a Chicago native, making his theatrical debut in “Scouts Guide to Zombie Apocalypse.” Joey’s next starring role will be in the international feature “Compadres” which is set to be released by Lionsgate & Pantelion Films in early 2016.

Opening across the Philippines on November 11, 2015, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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