Ever wonder the origin of what Soul 22 had against Earth in Pixar’s Soul? A new animated short from Pixar aims to revisit the confused soul before her inevitable meeting with Joe Gardner.
Arriving to Disney+ on April 30, 22 vs. Earth welcomes back 22 to The Great Before, voiced by Tina Fey. The short is directed by 21-year Pixar veteran Kevin Nolting and is set before the events of Soul:
“While making Soul we talked about the why of a new soul not wanting to live on Earth, but it didn’t ultimately belong in that movie,” said Nolting. “22 vs. Earth was a chance to explore some of the unanswered questions we had about why 22 was so cynical. As a fairly cynical person myself, it felt like perfect material.”
Nolting explains that the subversive plot of 22 could lead to a shocking revelation about life’s purpose:
“I think the new souls make the short so fun—the contrast of their pure innocence and delight with the cynical expectations of 22. The other new souls are what 22 once was before she took another path—purely innocent, blank slates to be guided by the counselors in their mostly uneventful journey to the earth portal. 22 sees an opening in that and attempts to guide them herself into her way of thinking.”
Soul is streaming now on Disney+.