“Sanjay’s Super Team” features Pixar’s first human protagonist of color

NBC News (by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang):

Pixar Animation Studio‘s first human protagonist of color made his debut on the big screen Thanksgiving week in “Sanjay’s Super Team,” directed by Pixar supervising animator and storyboard artist Sanjay Patel.

The short film opened for “The Good Dinosaur,” directed by Peter Sohn.

Patel told NBC News that, growing up, he felt embarrassed by his identity and tried to fit into mainstream American culture. But as an adult, he came to appreciate the richness of the culture his father was trying to pass on to him.

Sanjay’s Super Team” is a seven-minute short film inspired by Patel’s experiences growing up as the child of immigrants in a modest motel along Route 66. The titular Indian-American boy would rather be daydreaming about television superheroes than praying and doing puja with his father. However, the Hindu deities soon transform into a team of dazzling superheroes in the boy’s imagination, bringing him closer to understanding his immigrant father and his place in America.

Before this film, Patel’s father had not seen any of the movies Patel had worked on in his almost 20 years at Pixar, so the studio invited him to watch the film when it was completed. Patel told NBC News that his father was very moved — he was obviously proud of his son’s achievements but was particularly touched to see a film about their relationship.

Sanjay Patel, director of new Pixar short "Sanjay's Super Team".

Sanjay Patel, director of new Pixar short “Sanjay’s Super Team”

In addition to Patel’s work as an animator at Pixar, whose credits include “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and “The Incredibles“, what drew Pixar’s attention to Patel’s developing storytelling skills was his work writing and illustrating children’s books like “Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth” and “Ramayana – Divine Loophole,” and his art exhibitions including “Deities, Demons, and Dudes with ‘Staches” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

 

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Nintendo characters are a perfect fit for children’s books!

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Nintendo Characters Are a Perfect Fit for Children's Books

Concept artist Joey Spiotto has an ongoing series where he mixes video game protagonists with the Little Golden Books children’s literature series, and this time, he went for Nintendo characters.

A shame that he only did the covers. Samus playing with an adorable Metroid throughout a fully illustrated book would be fun to read. (Not to mention Little Luigi the Plumber below…)

Nintendo Characters Are a Perfect Fit for Children's Books

Nintendo Characters Are a Perfect Fit for Children's Books

Nintendo Characters Are a Perfect Fit for Children's Books

Here’s a bonus: Little Akira for little kids. He has nothing to do with Nintendo (sadly), but since it’s Akira, it has to be shared too.

Nintendo Characters Are a Perfect Fit for Children's Books

For The Love of Nintendo – Little Video Game Books Vol. 3 [Joey Spiotto]

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Try And Keep Up… with Wandy Yeap Hoh

Wandy Hoh

Wandy Yeap Hoh, co-founder and CEO of MeeGenius!, is a “mompreneur” with a mission to entertain and educate. She launched MeeGenius! because she saw that her kids wanted to play with any device within their grasp.  Why not figure out how to disrupt the children’s book market with the concept of e-books?

Yeap Hoh and co-founder, David Park, created MeeGenius!, a reading application that allows parents to download children’s books onto their iPad or other mobile device. With a view to make reading more engaging and interactive and as a way to share their love of reading children everywhere, MeeGenius! was fashioned for a new generation of readers who are tech-savvy, need flexibility and appreciate interactive voice narration and word highlighting features.

Yeap Hoh has a distinguished business background, with 15 years as an executive with some of the world’s leading corporations, including Credit Suisse First Boston. She left her role as Vice President of Pomona Capital, New York City, in 2007 to pursue her dream of starting her own business. Yeap Hoh did not see a product on the market that was suitable to her children’s needs, as well as her own as a parent, so she was inspired to create MeeGenius!

After 16 months of research and development, MeeGenius launched to rave reviews in April 2010.

Yeap Hoh says, “My previous experience as part of a new business in a large investment bank and my experience as an investor in companies and funds have certainly helped me establish best practices at MeeGenius! and form our strategy, which evolves as we grow. The biggest learning curve is doing everything yourself. As a start-up where we had zero employees for the first year, you have to learn to roll your sleeves up quickly. A far cry from being at a large company where there are amazing resources available at all times.”

Yeap Hoh is an active philanthropist; she is on the Friends Committee of Baby Buggy charity, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children. Yeap Hoh holds a BA cum laude in Business Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghai dialects of Chinese and resides in New York City with her husband and three young children.

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