(Interviewer:The broader theme of cultural tension is something that’s present in literature and film, but it’s rarely presented in a medium that’s for children.) I was really excited about that actually. It’s a layer that was more designed for adults. I wanted to expose kids to these other superheroes they might never have known about but for adults, or the older kids, I think that’s the reality of most immigrant households. There’s this tension between their parents’ world and the world they’ve been brought up in. That’s the honesty and truth of my experience. Many here at Pixar who aren’t necessarily South Asian but are immigrants just totally connected with that point and were just thrilled by it. I don’t think it’s a theme that’s going to go away.
Director Sanjay Patel on his Oscar nominated short animated film Sanjay’s Super Team (2015)