Genre: Short and Fairy Tale Running Time: 7 min.
Release Date: November 25th, 2015 MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Sanjay Patel Actors: Sanjay Patel
tarting off with a most tired gimmick, “Sanjay’s Super Team” claims that it’s based on a true story … mostly. But this isn’t one of those stories that is too wild to believe; it’s merely a children’s comedy about daydreaming. It barely qualifies as humor to use that increasingly intolerable statement, especially when no one would question the realism of such fantasy asides.
The plot follows little Sanjay as he watches his favorite television show “Super Team,” which is interrupted by his father’s prayer time. After a brief battle of raising and lowering the volume, the father wins out and forces Sanjay to join him as he worships three statues of Hindu gods by candlelight. Not to be outdone by the uninteresting tradition, Sanjay retrieves his action figure and imagines the two of them transported into a foreboding temple, where a six-armed, four-headed, sword-wielding golem wages war against three spell-casting, fireball-hurling, magical warriors.
The use of specific Buddhist items and Hinduism beliefs are somewhat unfriendly to anyone unfamiliar with the religions; it’s not the most universal or understandable ethos. Plus, the action scenes are of the hopelessly juvenile kind often found on television shows like “The Powerpuff Girls” or children’s anime. But more controversial than the un-politically-correct integration of religion into a Disney production is the enormously stereotypical designs of the two main characters, sporting football-sized noses that nearly prevent their faces from containing other features. At least the core message of father/son bonding is a family-friendly theme, highlighting a potential for compromise in education and entertainment.
– Mike Massie