Pixar’s newest film “Soul” is an emotional rollercoaster throughout. Audience members are drawn in as they watch Joe Gardner and the new soul 22 form a friendship and learn about who they are meant to be. In the end, both live what we would say as happily ever after; however, recently it was discussed that the end could have been different.
Directors Kemp Powers and Pete Docter, and producer Dana Murray told Entertainment Tonight they were undecided on the ending “up until the last screening.” Murray said, “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.”
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Powers elaborated, saying alternate endings exist where Joe doesn’t get his old life back. “We have versions of the ending where Joe does not 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 film.” Viewers may never get to see those alternate cuts, but I, for one, am glad we got the ending that we did. Joe Gardner deserved his second chance.
We personally are glad they stuck with the ending they did, but what do you think?