Sanjay Patel

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Sanjay Patel
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1974/1975 (age 44–45)[1]

Years active1996–present

Sanjay Patel is an American animator and illustrator who has worked in the animation department of various projects, most of them animated films released by Pixar.

Born in London, United Kingdom to Gujarati Indian parents,[1] Patel moved to the United States with his family at the age of four.[2] His father bought a motel in San Bernardino, California and Patel grew up there. He is best known for directing the short animated film Sanjay's Super Team (2015) inspired by Patel's own childhood,[3] which received a nomination in the category of Best Animated Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards[4] and for Best Animated Short Subject at the 43rd Annie Awards.[5]

Since 1996, Patel has worked as an animator on numerous Pixar films such as Monsters, Inc. (2001), Ratatouille (2007), Cars (2006), Monsters University (2013), Toy Story 2 (1999) and The Incredibles (2004) and served as a character developer on the latter two films.[6]

He also authored Ramayana: Divine Loophole, lending a whimsical illustration style and lighthearted voice to the Hindu epic Ramayana.[7][better source needed]


  1. ^ a b Roy, Sandip (Mar 20, 2010). "Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, who has worked on films like 'Ratatouille' and 'The Incredibles', reloads the Ramayana". Mumbai: The Times of India.
  2. ^ Chhabra, Aseem (January 15, 2016). "A Pixar short and a personal touch". The Hindu. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (April 29, 2015). "Pixar artist Sanjay Patel gets personal with 'Sanjay's Super Team'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Ford, Rebecca (January 14, 2016). "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 1, 2015). "Annie Awards Noms: 'Inside Out', 'Anomalisa', 'Shaun The Sheep', 'Good Dinosaur' & 'Peanuts ' Up For Best Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "Indian-Origin Director Sanjay Patel Debuts With Film on Hindu Deities". NDTV. October 14, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ramayana: Divine Loophole Hardcover – 10 Feb 2010". Amazon. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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