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Soul prequel: Why did 22 hate Earth? All revealed in new short film

Soul followed Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who was desperate to return to Earth after his death, to play in his dream jazz line-up. He is accidentally forced into helping 22 (Tina Fey) a soul who has escaped going to Earth for centuries. Now, Disney Plus is releasing a short film which may answer a very important question: why did 22 hate Earth?

In Soul, 22 was sceptical of Earth long before she met Joe.

Joe was tasked with trying to convince her to go down to Earth to live her life, but the soul was unwilling.

In fact, lots of people had tried to convince 22 over the years, from Aristotle to Abraham Lincoln, but none could change her mind.

The film did not delve much into why 22 hated Earth and was so against going there.

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However, a new short film from Disney Pixar aims to answer that question, and reveal some key details of 22’s origins.

The new movie, 22 vs. Earth sees Tina Fey 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.

“However, as her cohorts’ activities lead to unexpected results, 22’s subversive plot may actually lead to a surprising revelation about the meaning of life.”

Kevin Nolting, who directed the short, said this was something they wanted to discuss in the original film, but felt the story belonged to Joe, and it ultimately didn’t fit.

He said: “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.

“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.”

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At the moment, other cast members in the film have not been revealed, meaning it is uncertain whether we see Joe, the Jerrys or the Terrys, all of whom had brilliant roles in the first films.

It seems like the Jerrys, who run The Great Before, will return to the film, as they will need to stop 22’s meddling and get their young souls down to Earth.

It may be, like Dory in Finding Nemo, 22 becomes the breakout star of the franchise, and we learn more and more about her in subsequent films.

Soul received critical acclaim from critics and fans and is nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

22 vs. Earth is out on Disney+ on April 30


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