Soul-Themed Short Film ’22 vs. Earth’ Confirmed to Release April 30 on Disney+

The Soul-themed short film “22 vs. Earth” from Pixar will premiere on Disney Plus on April 30 – read more.
22 vs Earth Short Film

Today, it was officially confirmed that the previously speculated short film, 22 vs. Earth, will premiere on Disney+ on April 30, 2021.

Along with the announcement, we are thrilled to learn that long-time editor, Kevin Nolting directed the project and former-Pixaraian, Josh Cooley penned the short. With these two at the helm, we can definitely expect some sharp humor and snappy pacing.


Ever wonder what 22 has against Earth in Disney and Pixar’s hit 2020 feature film Soul? A new short from Pixar Animation Studios revisits the skeptical soul long before she ever met Joe Gardner. Debuting on Disney+ on April 30, 22 vs. Earth welcomes Tina Fey back to The Great Before as the voice of quick-witted and sarcastic soul 22.

Set before the events of Soul, the original short is directed by 21-year Pixar veteran Kevin Nolting. “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.”

22 vs Earth Short logo on Disney+

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.

“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.”

Disney+ Debut Date: April 30, 2021
Directed by: Kevin Nolting
Produced by: Lourdes Alba

Be sure to read about our earlier speculation surrounding 22 vs. Earth and chat about the short film in the Pixar Post Forum with other Pixar fans.

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