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More Art from Pixar’s Canceled ‘Newt’ Surfaces! [UPDATE: Art removed]

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Posted by Brkyo614 • January 3, 2013

Pixar is known for being fairly tight-lipped about their unreleased productions, so it was a surprisingly generous move when the studio released a batch of concept art from their canceled film Newt. The art only served to make fans more eager for Gary Rydstrom’s directorial debut, but the project was permanently shelved back in 2010. As such, former Pixar concept artist Katy Wu recently put up some of her work for the film on her blog.

We’ve posted a few samples to the right, but be sure to check out all of the images here. From the looks of it, Newt was set to have a very striking visual style. If the Pixar crew couldn’t work through the film’s story problems, though, the cancellation may have been for the best.

(Pixarblog, via Pixar Times)

Do you think Newt could’ve lived up to its concept art?

UPDATE: The images have been taken down from Katy’s blog.

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More Newt Concept Art Surfaces!

Newt

Posted by Martin • March 20, 2011

Late last year, Disney/Pixar revealed an unprecedented batch of concept art from the cancelled Pixar project, Newt.

More recently, a slew of never-before-seen images from the film’s development have surfaced on the German Pixar Blog. Although the former images were created by various artists, the latter set is solely the work of Pixar’s Jason Deamer.

No one can deny that these character designs look fantastic and I’d still like to see the final film, but at the same time, I’m reminded that Newt was likely cancelled for legitimate reasons. Even with all this new information, the question still remains:
Why was Newt canned?

Your thoughts?

(via Bleeding Cool/German Pixar Blog)

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Newt Concept Art Revealed!

Newt

Posted by Martin • September 3, 2010

First you cancel Newt and then you tease us with stunning artwork? Oh, Pixar!

In an unexpected move, 29 pieces of concept art from Gary Rydstrom’s amphibian project were released on Disney/Pixar’s official Facebook fanpage. As we’ve come to expect from the studio, everything looks gorgeous.

On one hand, you have to trust that Pixar shelved the project with good reason… but just look at that art! How could they resist? Today’s big reveal covers all the bases; you’ll see the title character with Brooke as well as a group of scientists and sidekicks.

Honestly, I never thought Pixar would ever mention Newt again, but I’m definitely not complaining. If anything, we’ll have a better idea of how the movie might have played out.

Click here to begin browsing through the gallery.

Are you stunned or what?

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Thoughts on Newt!

Newt

Posted by Martin • May 12, 2010

It’s been a tough ride through the rumor mill for Pixar’s Newt.

Originally announced in April of 2008, Gary Rydtsrom’s directorial debut went from a Summer 2011 release to an indefinite abyss in the digital world after it was removed from company archivist Dave Smith’s Disney A to Z supplement

Suspicions arose in late ’08 after Cars 2 was pushed forward to a mid-2011 release. At that point, fans speculated that Newt had simply been moved back, which most definitely could have been the case. Then came Floyd Norman’s infamous comment on The Animation Guild blog earlier this year.

"Oh, and "Newt" is dead." Five simple words rocked the animation community. Regardless, fans still held hope. Two months later, rumors began to heat up again when Monsters, Inc. 2 was announced for 2012 (the same year as Brave), debunking the previous assumption that Newt had migrated forward.

Now it seems The Pixar Blog has gotten confirmation of Newt’s "cancellation". But all of the above begs the question: Why is Newt dead?

The first thing that comes to mind is story problems. Many people like to point out that Newt’s story, about the last two newts on Earth, may be a bit controversial. Honestly, I don’t believe that’s the case. But I’m sure there were some major problems along the way story wise.

Here’s where it gets controversial. It’s not just that the plot wasn’t coming together, but that the film may not have been worth making in the long run. I hear you gasp, readers, but I’m with you in that Newt’s concept was exciting.

While reading, keep this in mind: "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?" As you know, that’s Newt’s official synopsis.

Gary Rydstrom’s follow up to his short film, Academy Award nominated Lifted, sounds like the kind of movie I’d love Pixar to make, and originally, I was looking forward to it more than anything on the calendar. But what if I told you that the intelligent concept was in jeopardy all this time?

Read on: "—- is a rare species of —-… who believes he is the last of his kind. When he learns that another —- was spotted in —-, and that she is female, he leaves —- and travels to —- to find her." That’s the plot synopsis of Blue Sky’s upcoming film, Rio, starring Macaws in Brazil.

Sound familiar? That’s because it’s almost the exact same idea behind Newt — with different creatures in a modified setting, of course. Coincidence? I think not, it’s even set for 2011. Nothing against the studio, but lately, I haven’t been feeling them.

I’m only speculating, but when I see things like this: "Kate and Humphrey are forced to work together to get back home. Along the way, they fall in love." It makes me wonder where some animation studios get their ideas. That’s from the plot of Alpha and Omega, another upcoming CGI animated film.

Pixar’s decision to walk away from this story may have been the best thing to do. Who knows, Newt’s characters may debut in the future in an even better idea. Only time will tell.

In fact, Bob Iger assured us today that Pixar is continuing development of original features and that all of the sequels that have been green lit to this day have not been by request of the corporation. I presume that in the future, the company won’t be announcing projects like these so far in advance.

Remember, Pixar’s ideas never seem to die. So, let’s hope Newt is resurrected, and this time, the studio’s lips will stay sealed for sure. I wish Gary Rydstrom the best; Lifted is one of my favorites.

Like they say at Pixar, story is king. Your thoughts?

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Is “Newt” Dead? Cars 2 Having Production Problems?

Cars 2, Monsters, Inc., Newt, Rumors, The Bear and The Bow (Brave)

Posted by Thomas • February 12, 2010

Is Pixar's Newt dead?It’s taken a couple of days for us to catch onto this big rumour floating about the interwebs. Disney veteran Floyd Norman posted a comment on The Animation Guild Blog indicating that Gary Rydstrom’s feature film directorial debut, newt, is dead. 

"Oh, and "Newt" is dead." writes Norman. When he was asked to elaborate further, he replies, "Naturally, our pals up north run a tight ship, so it’s not polite to provide details at this time." Michael of Progress City, USA thinks that Monster’s Inc. 2 will fill that gap in the Pixar timeline.

Norman also commented on The Bear and the Bow, "However, I have had the opportunity to speak with Brenda Chapman, and I’m looking forward to her film. As far as the release date, you’ll have to wait for Disney to disclose that."

In related news, Michael writes on Progress City, USA

"In stranger news, I’ve had two sources independently hint to me that Cars 2 is actually having production problems, and I’ve seen that rumor posted anonymously today on the Animation Guild’s blog. Whispering campaign or fact, I don’t know, but it’s something to keep an eye out for."

This is all rumours at the moment and we can only wait for an official word from the Mouse or Pixar. With newt due for release in 2012, hopefully it’s not too long.

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Spot the References: ‘Up’ Trailer

Cars, Disney, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Newt, Pete Docter, Pixar, The Bear and The Bow (Brave), The Incredibles, Trailer, UP, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • November 9, 2008

By now I’m sure you’ve all seen the second trailer for Up, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Pixar’s May 29, 2009 outing. It is now also available over at Apple.com in all formats for your pleasure. 

Now as I am sure have spotted, there are a number of items in the trailer that could possibly reference other Pixar works. Spungella has taken screenshots of the possible references here. These include the Luxo ball, the toy airplane from Toy Story, and even possibly WALL•E written in the metal of the North-South-East-West on the roof.
One reference of particular interest is a stuffed toy bear. You may remember in Pete Docter’s last film, Monster’s Inc., that Boo shows Sulley a number of her toys including a squeaky Nemo toy from Finding Nemo. Pixar are notorious for referencing upcoming films of their own. Could this bear be a reference to The Bear and the Bow, due out Christmas 2011? Some may recall that Finding Nemo referenced both The Incredibles and Cars, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for Pixar to reference up to 3 films ahead in production, especially if TBatB has been pushed forward to Summer 2011 to replace newt.
On a side note, Carl sends in this picture where he thinks there might be a Mickey the Mouse reference in the Up logo. I think it’s just coincidence.
Thoughts? Leave a comment below.

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Awesome: Newt X-ing

Newt

Posted by Martin • October 29, 2008

There seems to be a sign at Pixar that reads "Newt Crossing." It’s an obvious reference to their upcoming film Newt which has been pushed back to 2012. This just makes you wonder what other little tidbits you might find at Pixar Animation Studios that point to future releases…

(via The Pixar Blog/treducks Flickr Photostream)

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Cars 2 in 2011; Mater’s Tall Tales

Cars 2, Newt, The Bear and The Bow (Brave)

Posted by Martin • September 24, 2008

John Lasseter announced today that Cars 2 would be pushed "forward" to the summer of 2011 from it’s previous slot in 2012. Lasseter told the reporters at the Walt Disney Studios Showcase (held at the Kodak Theater) that the sequel was inspired by cars he saw around the world in his publicity tours and features Mater the tow truck getting his passport and taking a worldwide trip with Lightning McQueen.

He also gave more information on Cars Toons the TV interstitials that will air on Disney Channel (and will also be available online) based on the Cars characters. These shorts will feature Mater’s Tall Tales, a group of stories told by the trusty tow truck himself, the first in the series was shown at the presenation in which Mater tells Lightning how he used to be a fire truck.

This is very exciting news for Pixar fans, but it also leaves one question, which Pixar movie will be moved? There are a few possible scenarios:
1) Newt getting pushed to the Summer of 2012 or Winter of 2010 (Note: Newt has no cast listed yet, so the former is more likely).
2) Newt becomes a winter 2011 release, and The Bear and the Bow becomes a Summer 2012 release, very unlikely.
3) Three Pixar movies in one year, this means two sequels back to back.

(via MTV Movies Blog)

Tell us what you think…

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New Images from Up, newt & The Bear and the Bow

Disney, Newt, Pixar, The Bear and The Bow (Brave), UP

Posted by Thomas • May 9, 2008

The french website Effets-Speciaux.info has posted some images (translated from french to english) from the April 8 press conference and presentation in New York, which includes some new images from Up, Bolt, newt, The Bear and the Bow and The Princess and the Frog

newt Image 1

The Bear and the Bow Image 1 

In the Up images we see what the house looks like in full form, and where it is situated on the ground. The newt image depicts a diagram of a blue-footed newt doing some kind of mating dance perhaps, and The Bear and the Bow image shows the character designs of the main characters. 

Thanks Kinoo

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Quint Discusses Upcoming Pixar Films

Animation, Disney, Newt, Pixar, The Bear and The Bow (Brave), Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, UP, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • April 10, 2008

Quint of Aint It Cool News was in attendance at the recent Disney•Pixar Animation Presentation, where details were given on WALL•E, Up, Toy Story 1, 2 & 3, newt and The Bear and the Bow.

He has kindly written up a detailed report of the Pixar side of the event (he is writing up the Disney side later), and posted it on the site. Click here to read about it, however, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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