Interview: Pixar’s 22 vs Earth Director Kevin Nolting

22 vs Earth Director

Disney and Pixar present 22 vs Earth, a short that serves as a prequel to their latest release, Soul. In it, 22 (Voiced by Tina Fey) 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.

A new clip was also released today showing off the short that you can see below:

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ComingSoon recently sat down to talk to director Kevin Nolting, who makes his directorial debut with 22 vs Earth. We talked about the short, which will debut on Disney+ on April 30, 2021.

Kevin Nolting is an Editor/Director who joined Pixar Animation Studios in June 2000 as the second editor on the Academy Award®-winning feature film Finding Nemo. He continued his work as the second editor on Cars and contributed some additional editing to the Academy Award-winning feature WALL•E Nolting served as lead editor on the Academy Award-winning feature Up, and then went on to be the lead editor on Academy Award-winning feature Inside Out. He most recently was the lead editor on Disney and Pixar’s feature film Soul, which is now streaming on Disney+.

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The short is set in the universe of Pixar’s Soul. The feature film’s events center around the idea of: What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.