Pixar sacrifice Newt

Worst Newt treatment since Alien 3...


The Pixar blog this week confirmed the cancellation of Newt, an original Pixar animation which has been in development for several years.

Newt which would have been Pixar's 14th film and was originally set for release next summer, but was put back to 2012 to allow room in the cinemas for the distinctly less-inspiring Cars 2.

Now with the iconic Monsters Inc sequel set for release in 2012, which will be followed closely by The Brave (formerly know as The Bear and the Bow), Newt was removed from the schedule all together.

Newt was set to follow the story of the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet, the hero, Newt, and his would be mate, Brooke. Newt and Brooke are supposed to mate to save the species; problem is they can’t stand each other.

As tends to be the case in Pixar flicks, the pair embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      May 12th 2010, 12:58

      this is disappointing, I thought Pixar was all about story, 3 sequels in a row?? sounds like cashing in on familiar 'brands' to me. If there were not so many of those little Cars toys sold down at Tesco all the time you can bet there would never be a sequel

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    • Hadouken76

      May 12th 2010, 14:48

      Id rather see a sequel to The Incredibles, Cars 2 will probably be straight to dvd

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    • agentblackacid

      May 12th 2010, 15:34

      I liked Cars but i hate sequels and don't really want to see a cash-in on any of those original Pixar pictures. Newt sounded like a fantastic original premise that's been pushed back for studio money grabbing... I guess the global recession is hitting creativity hard. What a disappointment.

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    • agentblackacid

      May 12th 2010, 15:44

      How disappointing. I loved Cars but i hate sequels, as they often come out as a retread of old ground rather than expanding on a necessary story arc (I mean Cars? We've been there!). It seems that the global recession is having a big effect on pictures if creative studios such as Pixar are hedging for the safe bet of unoriginal sequels rather than going for a new idea, that actually sounds fantastic. It's a big loss.

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    • thanerosse

      May 12th 2010, 16:43

      I can't believe they're putting aside an original story for a sequel! Granted, knowing Pixar it won't be the halfhearted rubbish you'd expect from an animation sequel, but was it really necessary? Cars is the worst Pixar film to date, the only one which I don't own on DVD (through choice). It was the least well received critically of all their films too, and I can't believe they're selling out like this. I have to agree with RaveyDaveyGravy, this has to have been inspired by the merchandise sales of Cars 1. I bet you could almost see the dollar signs popping up in Disney's eyes... and I hate to blame Disney for this, but I couldn't have imagined it happening when Pixar was still a solo studio. A shame everything has to be money inspired now.

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    • TheTingler

      May 13th 2010, 8:24

      Totally agree with everyone else here. One of the things I love about Pixar is that they always push for original stories over sequels, and now we've got three sequels in a row. Toy Story 3 I can accept as that really continues from a theme hinted at in Toy Story 2, but did Monsters Inc and especially f**king Cars need sequels? Their stories were complete. And the one Pixar film I and many others desperately want a sequel to, The Incredibles, is nowhere to be seen! For god's sake, just do the same type of film from a super-villain's point of view (not Syndrome, another one). Show us what happened to Bomb Voyage and all the other villains after the heroes were banned! Obviously the normal people got on okay, so where did the villains go?

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