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.”
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.