Disney Pixar’s Soul Almost Had a Different Ending
Pixars soul is an emotional investment from start to finish, but it turns out that the ending almost went in a different direction. Fans of the animated film know that Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is doing his best to avoid the Great Beyond after his death and to return to his body on earth. His efforts are finally successful when he least expects it thanks to his ability to help a directionless new soul (22, voiced by Tina Fey) find its spark. In a recent interview, the filmmakers who wrote the story revealed that Joe’s fate was not always clear.
“Man, that ending sparked more debate than I think any other element of the film.”
Directors Kemp Powers and Pete Docter as well as producer Dana Murray reported Entertainment tonight In the end, you were undecided “until the last screening”. Murray said, “For a long time Joe went into the Great Afterlife. There was a lot of debate back and forth but I think the more we saw him live his life and just think of his mother Libba and all these different factors thought it felt like that right ending, that he had to be able to enjoy his life the way he wanted because he’d learned so much over the course of the film.
Powers explained that there are alternate endings where Joe won’t get his old life back. “We have versions of the ending where Joe doesn’t go back to his body where he actually stays dead,” he said. “We have versions of the ending where you see Joe on Earth a year later. Man, that ending sparked more debate than I think any other element of the movie.” Viewers may never see these alternate cuts, but I’m glad we got the ending we made. Joe Gardner deserves his second chance.