The best part of “The Good Dinosaur” is the short film that comes before, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to be based on the life of the person who created it, and the first to touch on religion.
In the film, as a father is performing a Hindu morning prayer ritual with a bell and a candle, his son Sanjay is behind him, trying to watch superheroes on television. Sanjay, who is wearing superhero pajamas and playing with a superhero action figure, has no interest in Hindu deities. But in a lovely sequence the movie shows us the link between the deities and the superheros. And at the end, we see a photo of the real Sanjay with his father.
Here is a clip from the film:
And here the real Sanjay and his producer talk about making it: