Pixar’s ‘Newt’ Canceled?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2010 at 11:19 am,

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You may not be as familiar with a planned Pixar project called Newt (or “newt” as it appear in the logo above) as much as the upcoming Monster’s Inc. 2 and Brave (previously entitled The Bear and the Bow). We haven’t covered Newt here at Screen Rant but we thought you’d want to be in the loop about the film’s status.

According to The Pixar Blog, Pixar’s Newt has been canceled. There’s not much to go on and there’s not been an official announcement made by the studio confirming this news.

What we do have is a quick note from Walt Disney Company archivist Dave Smith. Mike over at The Pixar Blog e-mailed Smith (slyly from his personal e-mail not the website’s icon razz Pixars Newt Canceled? ) to ask why Newt had been removed from encyclopedia Disney A to Z. He received an unsigned one-line reply – “The film has been cancelled.”

To bring you up-to-date on Newt‘s status, here’s a quick rundown (special thanks to The Pixar Blog):

The film was first announced in 2008 at the Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios 2008 Animation Presentation in New York. At that time, the film was scheduled for a prime summer 2011 release and the team was already in place, including director Gary Rydstrom (writer, director and sound designer on the Pixar short film Lifted), and producer by Richard Hollander (who produced the short film Presto).

Over time various different items were released for Newt, including leaked concept art (see below) and a detailed report on the story over at Ain’t It Cool News.

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Early leaked concept art for Pixar's Newt

However, there’s been rumblings for months now that all is not well with Newt. At first the film had a summer 2011 release date, but then Pixar announced Cars 2 for that release period (it was originally to be released in summer 2012), presumably delaying Newt till the following year. There was also a comment online from animation industry insider Floyd Norman saying that “Newt is dead.”

Then Pixar announced another sequel to one of its many hits, Monsters Inc. 2, due to hit theaters in November 2011, with Brave being pushed to 2012. I seriously doubt that Pixar would release two of its movies around the same time, and the fact that there was no new date announced for Newt just pointed to more trouble.

And now we have this news that apparently Newt has been shelved by the studio. I can’t say I was looking forward to it more than Monsters Inc. 2, or particularly Toy Story 3, but a new film from Pixar is always a good thing and it’s certainly unfortunate that the film appears to have been canceled.

Again, treat this as a RUMOR until we get some sort of confirmation from Pixar itself, but for the sake of discussion, lets just assume that Newt is off the slate (at least for now). What are your thoughts on this news? Are you sad that Newt is no more?

Source: The Pixar Blog (via Collider)

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  1. Kinda sucks, I really loved Lifted, the short Rydstrom directed (and he’s a damn decent sound designer). Hope he gets another project soon (and yeah, I know, might be rumor, but as you say, there’s been grumblings for a few months now).

  2. I commented on Pixar blog where it was announced, that in looking for more articles on the subject, one from “Marketwatch” came up with a citation from Bob Iger that seemed to indicate that Newt was indeed part of their slate.

    I’m still just hoping its someone getting wires crossed, or faulty information sharing.

    My problem with Newt being canceled is because whether you thought the concept was good or not, it would be exposing us to a universe which we hadn’t been to yet, showing us things we didn’t know we wanted because we hadn’t seen them yet.

    I am not default against sequels and have enjoyed many (and been disappointed by many more), but it’s telling to me that the number one film I’m most anticipating seeing this summer actually isn’t Toy Story III, but rather Nolan’s “Inception”, primarily because I know so little about it and yet simultaneously it looks like nothing I’ve really quite seen before.

    I think modern audiences have lost some of their desire to see ‘the new’ as Anton Ego would put it. Pixar was one of the few places one could count on for ‘the new’ with regularity. It had almost become an unwritten motto. Good or not, I just cannot get as excited for a sequel I never thought was necessary over the idea of being exposed to a universe I have never been to before. Because the unknown is thrilling, especially in the hands of capable artists and storytellers the likes of which Pixar has proven themselves capable of being.

  3. :( id much rather see newt than a cars 2

  4. Sad, I was following this movie since I first heard of it and was looking forward to it more than Cars 2.

  5. I’d rather see something new rather than a sequel…

  6. I am so upset with this. Making a sequel to Pixars worst film ever made(Cars) is a terrible idea. If you’re making a sequel it should be to something like The Incredibles. Yes I am fine with Monsters Inc 2. but we could def. do without Cars 2. And I was looking forward to a brand new pixar idea as they are always something special to look forward too. A film on a lizard is awesome! Especially with the creative mind of Pixar. And this whole Brave movie coming out, I am not too sure about. A movie on a princess who wants to be an archer is too Disney-like. We dont want another princess story rebelling to how she was raised and wanting another life. We want to see personification in a lizard who has to save his race!!