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Concept art from what would have been Pixar's Newt

09.03.2010

Browsing through the concept art from Pixar's abandoned film NEWT makes me sad.

I had heard nothing about about this project previous to this art. This looks like it would have been adorable! What was the story about? "What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they canít stand each other? Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science." This film would have been the directorial debut for sound designer Gary Rydstrom.

There's no detail on why the film was dropped at Pixar. I wonder what happened. Can we start a petition to get it going again? To check out the rest of the concept art, head here.

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4:17PM on 09/05/2010

Oh come on...!

This news is old. Slow news day?
This news is old. Slow news day?
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3:25AM on 09/05/2010

Been done to death

They shelved the movie because the story has been done to death, I mean we have that crappy "Alpha and Omega" movie coming out this month with the same story. Two members of the same species who *GASP* hate each other but learn to love each other after going on a wild and crazy adventure!
They shelved the movie because the story has been done to death, I mean we have that crappy "Alpha and Omega" movie coming out this month with the same story. Two members of the same species who *GASP* hate each other but learn to love each other after going on a wild and crazy adventure!
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4:22AM on 09/07/2010
Granted, Pixar would have definitely done it better, but..."done to death" is SO true.

Even if the resolution took a transformative tone where each Newt finds other partners and lets the species evaporate, that's still essentially the way Ratatouille resolved itself. So even a twist wouldn't be original..
Granted, Pixar would have definitely done it better, but..."done to death" is SO true.

Even if the resolution took a transformative tone where each Newt finds other partners and lets the species evaporate, that's still essentially the way Ratatouille resolved itself. So even a twist wouldn't be original..
4:32PM on 09/04/2010
Probably a bunch of factors contributing to this being shelved. There are so many animated movies on the schedule from all the studios over the next few years, maybe they just couldn't find room for it in the time frame they had set up originally. Or the story wasn't coming together as they would've liked. Or, as some have suggested, it was too similar to other movies coming out soon (Rio and that Johnny Depp lizrd movie). A shame, though, cuz it looks like my kind of Pixar movie. As far as
Probably a bunch of factors contributing to this being shelved. There are so many animated movies on the schedule from all the studios over the next few years, maybe they just couldn't find room for it in the time frame they had set up originally. Or the story wasn't coming together as they would've liked. Or, as some have suggested, it was too similar to other movies coming out soon (Rio and that Johnny Depp lizrd movie). A shame, though, cuz it looks like my kind of Pixar movie. As far as favorites, Finding Nemo was the apex of Pixar's greatness for me.
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2:33PM on 09/04/2010

and why not???

I see potencial here... but I want CARS 2 and MOSTERS 2 even more. Let's hope they make NEWT in the near future.
I see potencial here... but I want CARS 2 and MOSTERS 2 even more. Let's hope they make NEWT in the near future.
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1:09PM on 09/04/2010

sweet

This seems like it'd be cool. My top 3 pixar movies would be Toy Story (1), Wall-E, and Monsters Inc, followed closely by Up. The only pixar movie that sucked was cars. and now their making a sequel of it. I thought this mightve been because they were running out of ideas (finally), but looks like they could've used this one.
This seems like it'd be cool. My top 3 pixar movies would be Toy Story (1), Wall-E, and Monsters Inc, followed closely by Up. The only pixar movie that sucked was cars. and now their making a sequel of it. I thought this mightve been because they were running out of ideas (finally), but looks like they could've used this one.
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12:49PM on 09/04/2010
I dunno, it does kind of sound like Alpha and Omega. I'm not really into Pixar as much as other people, they're on and off for me. I don't care for something like Up but I do like Toy Story 3.
I dunno, it does kind of sound like Alpha and Omega. I'm not really into Pixar as much as other people, they're on and off for me. I don't care for something like Up but I do like Toy Story 3.
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11:25AM on 09/04/2010

Sounds very familiar to

Alpha and Omega, but with lizards instead of wolves.
Alpha and Omega, but with lizards instead of wolves.
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11:14AM on 09/04/2010
My favorite is Monsters, Inc. Love that movie.
My favorite is Monsters, Inc. Love that movie.
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10:58AM on 09/04/2010
I rarely question Pixar's moves, so far they have done awesome things, but to shelve Newt for sequels, is wrong! If they plan to make this movie in the near future, that would be cool.
I rarely question Pixar's moves, so far they have done awesome things, but to shelve Newt for sequels, is wrong! If they plan to make this movie in the near future, that would be cool.
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8:36AM on 09/04/2010
Great concept art, such a shame that they dropped it but are making a sequel to their worst (even if it's not really that bad) film. Looks like it would have been special.

As for favourite Pixar film, I think Toy Story still holds the top spot for me, with Wall-E taking second place.
Great concept art, such a shame that they dropped it but are making a sequel to their worst (even if it's not really that bad) film. Looks like it would have been special.

As for favourite Pixar film, I think Toy Story still holds the top spot for me, with Wall-E taking second place.
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8:15AM on 09/04/2010
I'd have killed to see this over a sequel to a really bad car movie.
I'd have killed to see this over a sequel to a really bad car movie.
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5:20AM on 09/04/2010
Repost, pay no attention to the extra C-3P0 and Artoo ah deetoo ah.
Repost, pay no attention to the extra C-3P0 and Artoo ah deetoo ah.
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4:45AM on 09/04/2010
I hate to see this film go to waste but I on't hate on Cars 2 or M Inc. 2 because I know Pixar and they always seem to come up top with whatever they do.
I hate to see this film go to waste but I on't hate on Cars 2 or M Inc. 2 because I know Pixar and they always seem to come up top with whatever they do.
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1:13AM on 09/04/2010
I still don't get why they'd rather make Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 instead of this movie. I love Pixar but I'm wa more happier for their original ideas than the sequels. The only sequel I want is The Incredibles 2 and I'd still rather have Newt than that.
I still don't get why they'd rather make Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 instead of this movie. I love Pixar but I'm wa more happier for their original ideas than the sequels. The only sequel I want is The Incredibles 2 and I'd still rather have Newt than that.
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11:39PM on 09/03/2010
It's a heart-breaking situation really. Pixar is the kind of studio that put quality over quantity. These guys really pour their souls onto their work, and to see something like this ditched is just tragic.
It's a heart-breaking situation really. Pixar is the kind of studio that put quality over quantity. These guys really pour their souls onto their work, and to see something like this ditched is just tragic.
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11:17PM on 09/03/2010

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AWWWWWWW. a∑hem i mean, looks like it would have been good.
AWWWWWWW. a∑hem i mean, looks like it would have been good.
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10:44PM on 09/03/2010
This would have been another great Pixar movie. Really surprising to hear it got shelved.

Favorite Pixar Movie: Toy Story trilogy.
This would have been another great Pixar movie. Really surprising to hear it got shelved.

Favorite Pixar Movie: Toy Story trilogy.
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10:06PM on 09/03/2010
This looked kinda neat, I'd not mind if they pick it on again in the future.
This looked kinda neat, I'd not mind if they pick it on again in the future.
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9:57PM on 09/03/2010
The art of the character on the car is really cool! Kind of a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride vibe.

This would have to be better than whatever Cars 2 turns out to be. Cars the original was a big meh-fest.
The art of the character on the car is really cool! Kind of a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride vibe.

This would have to be better than whatever Cars 2 turns out to be. Cars the original was a big meh-fest.
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9:51PM on 09/03/2010
incredibles, nemo, monsters inc, toy story 1,wall-E.--it seems like an ok story but im guessing that something in its story just didnt work or fell flat. their art is always epic, and yeh.. cars 2....bad.
incredibles, nemo, monsters inc, toy story 1,wall-E.--it seems like an ok story but im guessing that something in its story just didnt work or fell flat. their art is always epic, and yeh.. cars 2....bad.
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9:11PM on 09/03/2010
I was really looking foward to this movie and seeing this art makes me even more sad...Cancelling this movie and doing Cars 2 are the only letdowns by Pixar yet...I hope we'll see more original Pixar storys like this in the future instead of sequels.

Favorite Pixar flick: WALL-E :)
I was really looking foward to this movie and seeing this art makes me even more sad...Cancelling this movie and doing Cars 2 are the only letdowns by Pixar yet...I hope we'll see more original Pixar storys like this in the future instead of sequels.

Favorite Pixar flick: WALL-E :)
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9:07PM on 09/03/2010
My guess... Fox Animation fast tracked an eerily similar animated movie called Rio. Check out the snyopsis:

"Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers thereís another - and that sheís a she - he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But itís far from love at first sight between the domesticated and
My guess... Fox Animation fast tracked an eerily similar animated movie called Rio. Check out the snyopsis:

"Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers thereís another - and that sheís a she - he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But itís far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to lifeís many wonders. "
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10:30PM on 09/03/2010
I have not heard of that movie. Yeah that's probably why they axed it sadly.
I have not heard of that movie. Yeah that's probably why they axed it sadly.
8:57PM on 09/03/2010
NEMO for the WIN!!!

Love the look of this already. I have loved everything from Pixar to date (even their shorts - I actually look forward to the films more because they have a short before them!!), and was really jazzed about this. And now I find out it's been dropped :( Booooo!
Hopefully they'll get back onto it someday, as would love to see this made someday!!
LONG LIVE PIXAR!!!
NEMO for the WIN!!!

Love the look of this already. I have loved everything from Pixar to date (even their shorts - I actually look forward to the films more because they have a short before them!!), and was really jazzed about this. And now I find out it's been dropped :( Booooo!
Hopefully they'll get back onto it someday, as would love to see this made someday!!
LONG LIVE PIXAR!!!
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8:26PM on 09/03/2010
It does sound like a good idea, maybe it's just on hold.
It does sound like a good idea, maybe it's just on hold.
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8:00PM on 09/03/2010
THE INCREDIBLES then NEMO then TS3
THE INCREDIBLES then NEMO then TS3
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7:36PM on 09/03/2010
alpha and omega, but with newts ^_^
alpha and omega, but with newts ^_^
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7:19PM on 09/03/2010
Would have much rather seen this over Cars 2 which is easily my least favorite Pixar movie. My favorite has to be Toy Story 3 or Finding Nemo.
Would have much rather seen this over Cars 2 which is easily my least favorite Pixar movie. My favorite has to be Toy Story 3 or Finding Nemo.
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