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To Infinity and Beyond: How Disney Films Deal with Death and the Afterlife

Soul, which hit Disney+ on Christmas Day, is the latest in a long line of Disney movies about death.

The film kills off its protagonist Joe Gardner in the first 10 minutes—except that Joe fights back. He ends up at the steps to the Great Beyond, but flees. The rest of the film chronicles his journey to avoid death and keep living, and to help an unborn soul, 22, find its spark to want to be born.

It’s certainly not a setup for a kid’s movie. There are barely any kids in Soul at all. But we’ve come to expect this kind of heavy fare from Disney/Pixar movies.

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