Pixar's Soul originally had a totally different ending

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Photo credit: Disney+/Pixar
Photo credit: Disney+/Pixar

From Cosmopolitan

Along with Bridgerton and Strictly Come Dancing, Disney+'s Soul was one of the brilliant ways we kept ourselves entertained in December.

The Pixar film, which dropped on the streaming service on Christmas Day, has received much praise on social media and been watched by millions - but the creators just revealed the ending was almost very different.


Soul follows struggling Jazz musician Joe (Jamie Foxx) who explores the meaning of life, following an accident with a manhole. When he refuses to go to 'The Great Beyond', he ends up in 'The Great Before', where he is tasked with preparing a rogue soul, 22 (Tina Fey) for life on Earth.

Photo credit: Disney+/Pixar
Photo credit: Disney+/Pixar

At the end of the film, both 22 and Joe head back to Earth, with the jazz musician returning to his body with a new appreciation for life and the world. It's essentially an emotional tale about finding the joy in the little things and enjoying the life you have.

In a new interview, though, Soul directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers revealed the movie's original draft involved Joe going to 'The Great Beyond', which would've been, er, a much darker ending.

"We have versions of the ending where Joe does not go back to his body, where he actually stays dead," Powers told ETOnline. "Man, that ending sparked more debate than I think any other element of the film."

"I think people felt like it's cheating to let him go back," Docter added. "On the other hand, story-wise, you can't teach this guy to enjoy life the right way and then rob him of that. "So, it just didn't seem like the right way to go. Although that was the original draft."

Photo credit: Disney+/Pixar
Photo credit: Disney+/Pixar

Producer Dana Murray added: "We went back and forth on the ending up until the last screening. For a long time, Joe did go to 'The Great Beyond'. There was a lot of debating back and forth, but I think the more we saw him live his life and just thinking about his mother, Libba, and all these different factors, it felt like the right ending, that he needed to be able to go enjoy his life in the way he wanted to, because he'd learned so much throughout the film."

We're not sure our hearts could've taken the alternative ending.

STREAM NOW Soul is now available to stream on Disney+.

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