Soul prequel 22 vs Earth is headed to Disney+ this April

Soul debuting exclusively on Disney+ © 2020 Disney/Pixar, All Rights Reserved
Soul debuting exclusively on Disney+ © 2020 Disney/Pixar, All Rights Reserved /

A prequel to the Oscar-nominated Disney-Pixar film Soul is headed to Disney+ on April 30.  Entitled 22 Vs. Earth, the Pixar prequel short will drive into the story of prelife and why the sarcastic 22 (the soul in Soul), was initially skeptical and unsure about going to Earth.

Her backstory will be heavily explored in the prequel-set before the events of Soul, and how she finally descended onto Earth.  In Soul, 22 was partnered up with New York Jazz musician, Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), as they went on a memorable journey between the unknown and Earth.

In the short, 22 holds a rebellion with five other souls in her home of the Great Before, but it doesn’t go according to plan.  On the unintended positive side, 22’s plot just might hold the answer to the meaning of life.

In a press release, director Kevin Nolting shared his output on the short.

"“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.”"

The 21-year Pixar veteran also shared some of 22’s history.

"“I think the new souls make the short so fun—the contrast of their pure innocence and delight with the cynical expectations of 22,” said Nolting. “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.”"

Tina Fey will reprise the voice of 22 in the prequel.  22 vs. Earth will answer the questions about the soul behind Soul.  The film has been nominated for three Oscar awards for Best Animated Feature Film, Sound, and Original Score.

Soul is currently streaming on Disney+.

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