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Pixar's animated film Newt gets cancelled

05.12.2010

Pixar's NEWT, the studio's animated tentpole for what was originally to be Summer of 2011 but later pushed to 2012 to make way for CARS 2, is now, sadly, kaput.

The news of the cancellation comes courtesy of The Pixar Blog who shot an email to Disney archivist David Smith asking about the status of the film (due to its having been removed from the latest update of "Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia"). Smith replied with a quick and straight-to-the-point response: "The film has been cancelled."

Unfortunately, no substantive reason has been given for the cancellation, though the fact that 2012 will be bringing us both MONSTERS INC. 2 and BRAVE (formerly THE BEAR AND THE BOW) might have something to do with it.

NEWT's synopsis: 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 can't stand each other? That's the problem facing Newt and Brooke, heroes of "Newt," the Pixar film by seven-time Academy Award winner for sound Gary Rydstrom, and director of Pixar's Oscar nominated short, "Lifted." 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.

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Source: The Pixar Blog

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10:55PM on 05/13/2010
I'm just sad about this because I have a giant professional heart on for Gary Rydstrom.
I'm just sad about this because I have a giant professional heart on for Gary Rydstrom.
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9:54AM on 05/13/2010
LOUD NOISES!!!
LOUD NOISES!!!
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11:33PM on 05/12/2010
I hope this doesn't mean Pixar will begin sequels to Nemo and Bug's Life, Cars 2 and Monsters 2 are already two pixar films I'm not really looking foward to and Newt seemed like a nice break from all of the sequels Pixar is developing, I hope Newt gets picked up again.
I hope this doesn't mean Pixar will begin sequels to Nemo and Bug's Life, Cars 2 and Monsters 2 are already two pixar films I'm not really looking foward to and Newt seemed like a nice break from all of the sequels Pixar is developing, I hope Newt gets picked up again.
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10:44PM on 05/12/2010

Don't Give Up On It

Im so pissed off by this news. I was really looking forward to this movie and I fuckin hated cars I still don't know why they want to make a sequel to that shit. This is a message to the director and screenwriter behind NEWT, just cause Pixar doens't want to make it try to get the rights back and shop it around to other studios. THIS FILM DESERVES TO BE MADE!!!!!!
Im so pissed off by this news. I was really looking forward to this movie and I fuckin hated cars I still don't know why they want to make a sequel to that shit. This is a message to the director and screenwriter behind NEWT, just cause Pixar doens't want to make it try to get the rights back and shop it around to other studios. THIS FILM DESERVES TO BE MADE!!!!!!
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10:06PM on 05/12/2010
That's really too bad, it's the only "new" Pixar movie I was looking forward to. I was hoping they'd throw in some nods to A Bugs Life which is the most underrated Pixar flick. I'd rather see Newt than Monsters Inc 2. The only Pixar sequel that needs to be made is Incredibles 2.
That's really too bad, it's the only "new" Pixar movie I was looking forward to. I was hoping they'd throw in some nods to A Bugs Life which is the most underrated Pixar flick. I'd rather see Newt than Monsters Inc 2. The only Pixar sequel that needs to be made is Incredibles 2.
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7:39PM on 05/12/2010

Cancelled

I'm guessing Pixar cancelled this because Fox will be doing a similar 3D animated movie called "Rio" that's about two rare macaws that are the last of their species that need to mate and embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure... etc etc etc
I'm guessing Pixar cancelled this because Fox will be doing a similar 3D animated movie called "Rio" that's about two rare macaws that are the last of their species that need to mate and embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure... etc etc etc
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9:54PM on 05/12/2010
Good call. I bet that has a lot to do with it actually. I bet Newt would have been far better too.
Good call. I bet that has a lot to do with it actually. I bet Newt would have been far better too.
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5:33PM on 05/12/2010
I was wondering how Pixar was going to pull off a kids movie thats all about newts fucking
I was wondering how Pixar was going to pull off a kids movie thats all about newts fucking
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4:34PM on 05/12/2010
I agree with Miguelito. BTW, Tangled isnt Pixar. But yeah, Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 are unnecessary. But for differnt reasons. Cars was extremely disappionting and i cant imagine the sequel could be any better. Monsters Inc is a classic the way it is. Revisiting that universe will come at the cost of the original film's meaningfulness. That last shot is never gonna be the same once the sequel comes out. I've been very underwhelmed lately with TS3 too. I hope Brave turns out phenomenal, but the
I agree with Miguelito. BTW, Tangled isnt Pixar. But yeah, Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 are unnecessary. But for differnt reasons. Cars was extremely disappionting and i cant imagine the sequel could be any better. Monsters Inc is a classic the way it is. Revisiting that universe will come at the cost of the original film's meaningfulness. That last shot is never gonna be the same once the sequel comes out. I've been very underwhelmed lately with TS3 too. I hope Brave turns out phenomenal, but the story isnt exciting me too much.. as Miguelito said, NEWT seemed to be getting back to Nemo territory. Not to mention a loveable little reptile with big Pixar eyes would have been the cutest thing since, well, Nemo.
The only sequel Pixar should even consider is The Incredibles. Leave the rest alone and focus on original ideas like Newt! I say dont cancel it. Postpone it til this sequel shit is done with and at that point when people are doubting Pixar, come back and hit em hard with NEWT and redeem yourselves.
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4:32PM on 05/12/2010
This sequel-mania from Pixar looks like Disney trying to cash in on sequels. Remember Disney was originally going to make Toy Story 3 without Pixar until they re-negotiated contracts.
This sequel-mania from Pixar looks like Disney trying to cash in on sequels. Remember Disney was originally going to make Toy Story 3 without Pixar until they re-negotiated contracts.
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4:13PM on 05/12/2010
Newt was actually the type of movie I wanted to see from Pixar, not sequels or princess movies. Kinda sounded like getting back to Finding Nemo territory, story-wise. There is absolutely nothing I am excited about coming up from Pixar. (Unless someone can think of anything other than Toys 3, Cars 2, Monsters 2, Brave, or Tangled that I'm forgetting.)
Newt was actually the type of movie I wanted to see from Pixar, not sequels or princess movies. Kinda sounded like getting back to Finding Nemo territory, story-wise. There is absolutely nothing I am excited about coming up from Pixar. (Unless someone can think of anything other than Toys 3, Cars 2, Monsters 2, Brave, or Tangled that I'm forgetting.)
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9:48PM on 05/12/2010
Pixar is not behind Tangled.
Pixar is not behind Tangled.
4:08PM on 05/12/2010
Newt was actually the type of movie I wanted to see from Pixar, not sequels or princess movies. Kinda sounded like getting back to Finding Nemo territory, story-wise. There is absolutely nothing I am excited about coming up from Pixar. (Unless someone can think of anything other than Toys 3, Cars 2, Monsters 2, Brave, or Tangled that I'm forgetting.)
Newt was actually the type of movie I wanted to see from Pixar, not sequels or princess movies. Kinda sounded like getting back to Finding Nemo territory, story-wise. There is absolutely nothing I am excited about coming up from Pixar. (Unless someone can think of anything other than Toys 3, Cars 2, Monsters 2, Brave, or Tangled that I'm forgetting.)
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4:05PM on 05/12/2010

That sucks...

I was looking foward to this. UP was a huge letdown for me. Other then the first 15 min it did nothing new and was utterly boring. I really hope Toy Story 3 turns out good.
I was looking foward to this. UP was a huge letdown for me. Other then the first 15 min it did nothing new and was utterly boring. I really hope Toy Story 3 turns out good.
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3:03PM on 05/12/2010
Boooooooooooo!

Shame on you Pixar, the first douchebag move on your part. NEWT had me excited, infact more than the rest of their calendar. Being cancelled to make way for Cars 2 is a complete joke. If it were Incredibles 2, then I'd understand their reasons. But.....CARS!!!!!????

Fuck off Pixar, you've annoyed me.
Boooooooooooo!

Shame on you Pixar, the first douchebag move on your part. NEWT had me excited, infact more than the rest of their calendar. Being cancelled to make way for Cars 2 is a complete joke. If it were Incredibles 2, then I'd understand their reasons. But.....CARS!!!!!????

Fuck off Pixar, you've annoyed me.
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2:34PM on 05/12/2010
Who the fuck even wants a Cars 2?? It's widely regarded as the worst in the Pixar lineup by critics and fans.
Who the fuck even wants a Cars 2?? It's widely regarded as the worst in the Pixar lineup by critics and fans.
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2:15PM on 05/12/2010

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I have been soooooo excited for this for sooooo long!! Fuck sequels! Theyre ruining everything!! Fuck! Ass!
I have been soooooo excited for this for sooooo long!! Fuck sequels! Theyre ruining everything!! Fuck! Ass!
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12:22PM on 05/12/2010
I hate to see Pixar cutting any of its projects but lets face it, the plot is about putting two newts together to bang. I really don't mind the Monsters Inc sequel because it is not the only Pixar film to be coming out that year. It does suck that Cars 2 is the only Pixar film for next year though. I did like the first one but I'm not sure how a sequel will be. Here is hoping Pixar doesn't start falling apart.
I hate to see Pixar cutting any of its projects but lets face it, the plot is about putting two newts together to bang. I really don't mind the Monsters Inc sequel because it is not the only Pixar film to be coming out that year. It does suck that Cars 2 is the only Pixar film for next year though. I did like the first one but I'm not sure how a sequel will be. Here is hoping Pixar doesn't start falling apart.
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11:55AM on 05/12/2010
Big big disappointment. This was the movie i was most looking forward to out of the roster. And now the two movies i was least looking forward to are set to take it's place.

I will try to remain hopeful but Pixar are gonna test my faith in them over the next coming years.

For me, it's really gonna bank on Toy Story 3 a little.
Big big disappointment. This was the movie i was most looking forward to out of the roster. And now the two movies i was least looking forward to are set to take it's place.

I will try to remain hopeful but Pixar are gonna test my faith in them over the next coming years.

For me, it's really gonna bank on Toy Story 3 a little.
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11:50AM on 05/12/2010

Cars 2 > Newt??

So they push aside an obviously better film for Cars 2? That makes no sense. From what I've read Newt had the potential to be the new 'Up' or 'Wall-E'. It's got a good story and adorable characters. Why would Pixar bump it for Cars 2...eew.
So they push aside an obviously better film for Cars 2? That makes no sense. From what I've read Newt had the potential to be the new 'Up' or 'Wall-E'. It's got a good story and adorable characters. Why would Pixar bump it for Cars 2...eew.
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11:26AM on 05/12/2010
So an original project is canceled but two sequels are going ahead as planned? Lame, Pixar. Lame.
So an original project is canceled but two sequels are going ahead as planned? Lame, Pixar. Lame.
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10:58AM on 05/12/2010
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This sounded adorable. A romantic comedy - with NEWTS! A shame. Poor director... he probably worked on it so hard, this was his first feature, it was his baby... :( A sad day!
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This sounded adorable. A romantic comedy - with NEWTS! A shame. Poor director... he probably worked on it so hard, this was his first feature, it was his baby... :( A sad day!
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9:35AM on 05/12/2010
if there were such high standards, why the hell did they make Cars?
if there were such high standards, why the hell did they make Cars?
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9:19AM on 05/12/2010
It just shows that Pixar has high standards, and obviously don't want to break their winning streak! Personally I can't wait to see Brave, Pixar doing medieval! I do fear though, that too many sequels/threequals will start popping up! Keep the original ideas coming Pixar!!!
It just shows that Pixar has high standards, and obviously don't want to break their winning streak! Personally I can't wait to see Brave, Pixar doing medieval! I do fear though, that too many sequels/threequals will start popping up! Keep the original ideas coming Pixar!!!
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9:13AM on 05/12/2010
I'm sure they had very good reasons for canceling it. I just hope they don't devote all of their time to creating sequels. It's kind of a shame that they're making CARS 2 but not NEWT.
I'm sure they had very good reasons for canceling it. I just hope they don't devote all of their time to creating sequels. It's kind of a shame that they're making CARS 2 but not NEWT.
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9:10AM on 05/12/2010

I dunno...

It sounded like a brilliant synopsis, but Pixar do have notoriously high standards, so maybe the film just wasn't cutting it and was beyond saving (in the way they did with Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille). I'd rather have them pull out of doing it at this stage than have them deliver a bad film.
It sounded like a brilliant synopsis, but Pixar do have notoriously high standards, so maybe the film just wasn't cutting it and was beyond saving (in the way they did with Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille). I'd rather have them pull out of doing it at this stage than have them deliver a bad film.
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9:08AM on 05/12/2010

I know why it got cancelled

Animated sex scenes. That's why. The whole movie is about finding a mate, well in order to find a mate you have to....fuck
Animated sex scenes. That's why. The whole movie is about finding a mate, well in order to find a mate you have to....fuck
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8:48AM on 05/12/2010

that sucks

considering Cars sucks and that movie Brave looks and sounds kinda crappy. Dare I say Dreamworks may catch up in the coming years? Dare I? commence with the minuses
considering Cars sucks and that movie Brave looks and sounds kinda crappy. Dare I say Dreamworks may catch up in the coming years? Dare I? commence with the minuses
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9:10AM on 05/12/2010
After seeing How To Train Your Dragon, I wouldn't be surprised. Then again, they keep making those goddamn Shrek movies.
After seeing How To Train Your Dragon, I wouldn't be surprised. Then again, they keep making those goddamn Shrek movies.
4:13PM on 05/12/2010
It's a possibility, you never know. After Up, sorry to say, Pixar has no way to go but down. Dreamworks on the other hand...only seems to be getting better.
It's a possibility, you never know. After Up, sorry to say, Pixar has no way to go but down. Dreamworks on the other hand...only seems to be getting better.
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6:52AM on 05/12/2010

ah no...

What a shame
What a shame
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6:06AM on 05/12/2010
First mistake Pixar ever made (aside from casting Owen Wilson as a "voice talent")
First mistake Pixar ever made (aside from casting Owen Wilson as a "voice talent")
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5:54AM on 05/12/2010
No way! This was the film I was most looking forward to, besides Toy Story 3. Damn you Cars 2!
No way! This was the film I was most looking forward to, besides Toy Story 3. Damn you Cars 2!
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