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Big and Little Gods




Pixar’s Sanjay Patel wrote and directed this animated short about his childhood and the struggle between technology and Western culture and his family’s Hindu religion and Eastern culture. It’s a lovely story about a boy discovering a way to appreciate his family’s heritage.

I watched Patel’s interview with The Wall Street Journal, and his story really struck me. He grew up in California, the son of immigrant parents.

“. . . Like any kid of an immigrant, I just wanted to fit in. Speaking for myself, fitting in meant I just wanted to get rid of my weird name, and my parents with the weird traditions and the funny background. I was just embarrassed and felt kind of ashamed of being different. It took a long time to discover myself as an artist and find some of my identity there. It took even longer to find the artwork and the inspiration from my parents’ culture. Once I did, that felt like all the dots connected. Suddenly, what I learned about my parents’ culture helped me understand who exactly my parents were.”

This short is part of John Lasseter’s push to get Disney/Pixar to include more women and ethnic minorities in their films. I applaud their (belated) multicultural effort. I guess better late than never. I am such a huge fan of Pixar, and I am pleased they’re working to close the diversity gap in their oeuvre.

I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “Big and Little Gods

  1. We saw this ahead of – I think – Inside Out in the cinema and we were all blown away by it. I’m generally enjoying this recent move in animation to deliver complex and important themes in such a delightful and engaging way.

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  2. I’d seen this before and was so impressed when I did. Animation has such potential to raze institutionalized hate. It’s a pity that Pixar came so late to the table but like you I’m glad they are moving in the right direction.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, I hadn’t seen it before. It’s lovely that it is encouraging children to open up about and interact with their heritage.

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