Soul followed Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who desperately wanted to return to Earth after his death to play in his dream jazz line-up. He is accidentally forced to help 22 (Tina Fey) a soul who has escaped to Earth for centuries. Now Disney Plus is releasing a short film that could answer a very important question: Why did 22 hate the Earth?
In Soul, 22 was skeptical of Earth long before she met Joe.
Joe was tasked with convincing her to go to Earth and live her life, but the soul was unwilling.
In fact, over the years, many people had tried to convince 22 people, from Aristotle to Abraham Lincoln, but none could change her mind.
The movie didn’t go into much detail about why 22 hated the Earth and was so against going there.
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Souls in The Great Before
However, a new short from Disney Pixar aims to answer that question and reveal some important details about 22’s origins.
In the new movie, 22 vs. Earth, Tina Fey will return in her voice role and will debut on Disney + on April 30.
The official synopsis of the short reads: “In the short, 22 defies the rules of The Great Before and refuses to go to Earth, enlisting a gang of five other new souls in her attempt at rebellion.
“But since the activities of her cohorts lead to unexpected results, the 22 subversive plot could actually lead to a startling revelation about the meaning of life.”
Soul and Joe look at the earth
Kevin Nolting, who directed the short film, said this was something they wanted to discuss in the original film, but felt the story was Joe’s and it didn’t fit in the end.
He said, “During the making of Soul we talked about why a new soul doesn’t want to live on Earth, but it ultimately didn’t belong in that movie.
“22 vs. Earth was an opportunity to explore some of the unanswered questions we had about why 22 was so cynical.
“As a fairly cynical person, it felt like perfect material.”
22 and Joe in Soul
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In 22 enlisting the help of other souls, fans will meet new characters struggling with the idea of going to Earth as well.
Kevin continued, “I think the new souls make the short film so much fun – the contrast of their sheer innocence and joy with 22’s cynical expectations.
“The other new souls are what 22 once was before taking another path – purely innocent, blank slates to be led by the counselors on their usually peaceful journey to the earth portal.
“22 sees an opening in this and tries to guide them in her way of thinking.”
At this point, other cast members in the movie have not been revealed, meaning it’s uncertain whether we’ll see Joe, the Jerrys, or the Terrys, who all had brilliant roles in the first films.
It looks like the Jerrys, who run The Great Before, will be returning to the movies, as they have to stop the interference of 22 and get their young souls on Earth.
It could be that, just like Dory in Finding Nemo, 22 will become the franchise’s breakout star, and we’ll learn more and more about her in subsequent films.
Soul has received rave reviews from critics and fans and has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
22 vs. Earth will be released on Disney + on April 30
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