Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Exclusive: Newt is "cancelled"

Earlier this evening I received an email response from Walt Disney Company archivist Dave Smith (or a representative) informing me that Pixar's Newt "has been cancelled". This confirms the rumors that have been swirling around the film in the past few months.

When news broke a few hours ago that the film had been deleted from the latest supplement to Smith's Disney encyclopedia Disney A to Z, I emailed Smith at his public address dave.smith@disney.com:
Hi Dave,
I was just wondering why there's no information on Pixar's Newt in the latest supplement to Disney A to Z? The entry seems to have been deleted.

Best,
Mike Bastoli
Somewhat sneakily, I sent the question from my personal email address with no mention of this blog.

Shortly after 6:00 PM I received the short reply, which I really wasn't expecting. It was unsigned but came from Smith's address:
The film has been cancelled.
The rumors that Newt was in trouble began in February with a web comment made by Disney Legend and animation industry insider Floyd Norman saying that "Newt is dead". I didn't give any credence to Norman's statement at the time and, in fact, opted not to post about it because I couldn't confirm that it was actually him commenting on the Animation Guild Blog, which has been host to some anti-Pixar comments in the past.

Newt (officially branded newt, logo in all lower case letters) was first announced to media at the Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios 2008 Animation Presentation in New York City in April of that year. The film was scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011.

The film was being directed by Gary Rydstrom, sound designer and director of Pixar's 2006 Oscar-nominated short film Lifted, and produced by Presto producer Richard Hollander. The official press release named Rydstrom and Everybody Loves Raymond writer/producer Leslie Caveny (she wrote some of my favourite episodes of the series) as writers on Newt.

Concept art was leaked online soon after the presentation, and Ain't It Cool News (AICN) published an excellent, insider report with details on the film's story and what was shown at the presentation.

Less than six months later, in September 2008, Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter announced at a Disney media event in Hollywood that production on Cars 2 (originally scheduled for 2012) would be accelerated (pardon the pun) and that the film would be released in Summer 2011. This appeared to push Newt back to Summer 2012 and we heard nothing more about the film, except that a very cool NEWT CROSSING traffic sign had been put up at Pixar's headquarters.

But with the announcing of Monsters, Inc. 2 last month for November 2012, Brave (previously The Bear and the Bow) was moved to Summer 2012 and no mention was made of Newt's status and no new release date was given.

What a sad state of affairs. This is the first time I can remember I've been so disappointed with something Pixar has done. They've never publicly cancelled a film before. Why was it announced in the first place? It's a black eye to the studio that was able to bring Toy Story and Toy Story 2 to the screen under extremely difficult circumstances and with far less time and resources.

As I've said over and over, Newt was the future Pixar project I was looking forward to the most, right from the start. The tale of Newt and Brooke, the "last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet...forced together by science to save the species" sounded like a lot of fun and pure Pixar. An animated romantic comedy.

There's always the chance that production on the film will be restarted someday, having perhaps attained a sort of mythic status among animation fans, like an unreleased work by a musical or literary genius. Unlikely, yes. But Pixar should try.

82 comments:

Kim said...

I'm heartbroken at this news. :(

Nini said...

As sad as it is to see Newt shoved off the slate I figure two things from this.

One being that it can be construed Newt was killed in favour of Monsters Inc. 2 as Disney execs thought it'd be a safe bet. Not the Pixar way of course and could have been mothballed so it can come back at a later time.

Two being that even though Newt is gone I personally didn't think "onoes" when I read this, sounds like a situation comedy concept which has been done far too often to still be original. I think there's a lot more going on here than just being moved back before eventually being dropped and cancelling a film in pre-production isn't that easy a task.

Reuben said...

Unfortunate news. I, too, was looking forward to Newt - it was such a promising concept. What kind of problems must they have run into to make them do this?

Mike Barnett said...

I'm sure there's a very good reason why it was cancelled. There must have been several other films Pixar cancelled before now.

I'm curious if, since Pixar is now a part of a publicly owned company (Disney), they have to release their projected plans. I don't remember hearing about Pixar films this far in advance in the past.

It is too bad to hear that a new film is being cancelled I'd have rather lost a sequel.

MIKE PEREZ said...

I am so bummed. This was also the Pixar movie I was looking forward to the most, when they announced the slate a few years back. I wanted to see what they'd do with the science based plot.

DAGA said...

Bad day on Pixar`s history... :-(

Jay Hart said...

I'm very sad to see that the rumors turned out to be true. Newt sounded like such a fun concept, and I think it had great potential to be highly entertaining.

However, you did have a good point. I've heard Pixar say before that their ideas never die. So who knows, we very well could see Newt resurface sometime in the future. I surely hope so.

jerseycajun said...

I'm suddenly confused.

I half expected this to be the case, but after reading this here, I went and googled for more news.

The really odd thing, is I found this:

As part of that increased production, Pixar will be releasing a number of sequels, including "Toy Story 3" next month, "Cars 2" in 2011 and "Monsters Inc. 2" in 2012. But Iger stressed the unit was mixing those sequels with a number of original releases, including "Newt" in 2011 and "Brave" in 2012. Emphasis mine.

So, did Bob Iger just officially countermand this information? I hope so. But what else is interesting is that I have heard it mentioned elsewhere in an announcement that Brad Bird is directing Mission Impossible IV for JJ Abrahms, that he (Bird) has been spotted at Pixar doing work for them. Speculation time! Is Bird helping out by stepping in to help as he did with Ratatouille? Perhaps in the capacity of script doctor only?

If nothing else, this much seems clear: There are some mixed signals being sent out, and I only hope it comes out in Newt's favor.

Anonymous said...

Don't cancel newt, cancel Cars 2!
Cars was weak, Cars 2 will be worse.

Mike said...

Jerseycajun: Really interesting. How could Iger say that? I missed the earnings call but will take a listen tomorrow.

GuanoLad said...

Darn. That means I can't use this brilliant (borrowed) joke anywhere:

"Two amphibians... and they bond!"

Anonymous said...

I'd rather they cancel Cars 2.

Cars was (is, and always will be) an extremely awesome movie, but it doesn't need a sequel.

Malik said...

I'm sure the Pixar folk are disappointed, too, but I know that they're committed to only making the very best films they can. To that end, if this film wasn't cutting it, it had to go.

If Brad Bird hadn't stepped in so admirably on Ratattouille, the same fate could have befallen that.

It sounds like some of y'all would feel better if the film were just indefinitely postponed rather than cancelled, but I respect the decision to do what obviously had to be done rather than just keep dragging things on.

J said...

things are always changing in this industry, and I'm very surprised you got a response email stating the project has been cancelled. As stated earlier Iger has mentioned the movie still being part of Pixar's slate. Projects are never really canceled in hollywood, they're often delayed.

like most others, I was really looking forward to Newt as it had the best story concept in my opinion. But problems can arise at any studio, and it's better for pixar to shelf something that isn't ready and continue with it later, rather then put out a crappy movie.

Brendan said...

Pixar strives for greatness. That's why they dumped the original story in TS2 and re-wrote the film. If they decide that a film isn't up to their standards, they have every right to shelve it. Who knows, maybe dreamworks is working on a ripoff, er, similar film.

ckat13 said...

Awwww, I was honestly thinking about newt the other night back when it was just 'story troubles' we were hearing about. I was pondering all the bits we already knew, and I was trying to figure out something that might help it...but I guess I just don't know enough.

I'm sure whatever the troubles were, they didn't drop it lightly. I think they announced it publicly because they knew that we knew about it, but again I don't think it was easy for them.

But yeah, maybe eventually it could come back again, in some form.

Been updating my Pixarpedia with any upcoming news, better strikethrough newt 2012...

acooper2 said...

Newt was my favorite concept as well, but there's no need to think of this as a black mark on Pixar's record. In the real world, films die in production all the time. It's part of the business. My bet is that this is simply the darker side of Pixar's quality control policy in action. They have said numerous times that they will not allow a film to be released that doesn't meet their standard of excellence. Obviously, Newt was not living up to that standard. Even though I would like to see it get made, I'd rather see them scrap it than have it forced through production only to bomb at the theaters. If they had done that, Newt really would be a black mark on their record.

Euphreana said...

Sad if true, although we can't say we didn't see it coming. :(

Tres Swygert said...

I really hope they bring it a future date where they could work it out. Otherwise, this would really piss me off for sure. That was a film I really waiting for to watch, in comparison with Brave.

Ana said...

I feel like Pixar would rather cancel a movie than release something slightly less up to its high standards. So if Pixar thought it was for the best (sounds like it was a tough decision), then it was definitely for the best. How sad for the people involved though...that's 2 years of work.

Anonymous said...

I agree with acooper2 that this shouldn't be seen as a negative on Pixar's part, though it is a shame.

In terms of looking forward to certain Pixar films, I have faith in all of them. Honestly, seeing the teasers for Finding Nemo and Cars the first time didn't really excite me. But in both cases, of course, they turned out to be amazing. I always remember the value Pixar places in good stories. If the story is good enough, they'll make it happen.

Jordan said...

It's too bad Newt (or newt) is gone for now. Would it have featured talking animals?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's sad they couldn't use more time to work on 'newt' but they could to release Cars and Monsters, Inc. 2.

Most of these statements are ironic, not up to their high standard, and sure making sequels without their original directors and producers is that gold standard, isn't it?

Seems to me something has changed at Pixar and it sure isn't 'newt'.

Midgard Dragon said...

This should be remembered as a day that Pixar showed it's willing to kill a project if it's not going to work, no matter how far along it is. That's called artistic integrity. Would you rather have a day come when a bad project goes all the way to theaters and have it be the break in Pixar's chain of awesome films? That would be much worse than a canceled film.

Anonymous said...

even though it is sad it is what Disney wants so ....

LuminousSpecter said...

Totally honest: newt was a bad idea from the start, in my opinion. I didn't like the concept and could not see this film being very kid friendly.

bryanbmp said...

It is extremely sad to hear this, but I hope in Pixar and I know this beautiful idea from Newt will be taken to another movie, or what would be great is that this film could be delayed

The one who said that cars 2 has to be cancelled should give cars a new chance,, I mean, I am 22 and watching it again and again you will discover that it is an awesome film, I am sure of it,,I used to think it wasn´t on pixar standards, but I watched it 2 times more and after that I realized that it was a masterpiece,,,CARS 2 will demonstrate all Cars movie detractors (critics , audiences ,,most of them prefered happy feet), how powerful this franchise can be,,,remember that Brad Lewis (Ratatouille´s Producer) is Directing this film with John Lasseter

Malik said...

I think this also further shows how Pixar is suffering pains from a real "generational" transition.

I'd say that the original filmmakers at the company were Lasseter, Docter and Stanton, who basically made all of their feature-length films from 1995-2004.

They then went outside of the "box", if you will, and added Brad Bird, while also getting more movies from their original triumvirate, and that formula has worked until now, with Toy Story 3 being the first film outside of them.

Now, though, Lasseter is effectively removed from helming films, both Bird and Stanton are working in live-action films (though they are sure to return at some point), and the "third" generation is upon us.

And, it's not easy, it's not necessarily pretty, but I still think they're going to be able to release films that are still on par with the quality of each one so far...

bryanbmp said...

I already read an interesting post from upcoming pixar, in which it explains the probably reasons of the cancellation of Newt,,,,,,,,,,

this post says that Newt´s idea was similar as blue sky´s new movie RIO coming out 2011,,, I think Pixar knew that newt sypnosis was going to be repetitive,,I guess it was the reason of cancellation

As we know the princess and the frog has some similitudes when they are transformed into frogs, they dont like each other,,,, but what is more frustrating is RIO´s idea and other movie called like UP´s dog ALPHA and omega,,,,Again other animation companies have taken pixar´s idea because this is not the first time,,,,Pixar shouldnt have showed anything about NEWT in 2008,,they have to keep their ideas in secret

Goppy said...

How is this a "black eye to the studio"? Killing Newt has nothing to do with how they made Toy Story and it's sequel work. There is a major difference. Toy Story was a really good idea being ruined by studio notes so Pixar was able to fix it by going back to their initial ideas. Toy Story 2 was rooted in the magnificence of the original so they could make it work too. Newt was obviously not a good idea. It was good enough that the Braintrust let them move forward on it, but not good enough to actually let them make it. You have no idea what was going on behind the scenes, Mike, or what the movie was to be like, aside from the vague one-paragraph synopsis. Clearly Lasseter, Stanton, Catmull, Docter, and the others in the Braintrust didn't like where Rydstrom was going so they did the right thing and pulled the plug early before they wasted too much in resources or went so far down the path that they had to make a bad movie.

A "black eye to the studio" would be to release a piece of junk and charge people to see it, thus hurting the brand name and making people question in the future whether they actually want to see Pixar movies.

Considering that Newt sounded an awful lot like WALL•E with reptiles I'm not sad to see if removed from the slate.

Now, my only concern is Cars 2, but not for the reason everyone else is concerned. Apparently it was so bad that JL had to come back in to co-direct it. Hopefully he is able to work his magic and rescue it…

Anonymous said...

Just listened to the replay of yesterday's conference call. Mr Iger talking about Pixar sequels said something to this effect "We didn't impose them on Pixar, we certainly encouraged them". 'Nuff said. Just what I suspected and feared.
I don't like the way Pixar is losing its way when it comes to exploring new ideas as opposed to rehashing old concepts.

reynold said...

This certainly is disappointing news. With newt axed there will only be 1 new story amid 3 sequels released by Pixar in the foreseeable future. I still have faith that those movies will be excellent, but it really puts the studio in danger of stagnating with no new characters or stories for the public to fall in love with.

I've often wondered how long Pixar would last as a beacon of quality and creativity. This is a disquieting omen indeed.

Ginny said...

This is depressing.

Adam M. said...

I guess it's full speed ahead then for Brave/The Bear and the Bow? Pixar for Best Picture 2012. I'm telling you.

bryanbmp said...

RIO (Blue sky and Fox)and ALPHA and OMEGA (Lionsgate) stole Newt´s storyline,,,I guess this is the main reason

Pixar is outstanding and we ought to trust in them

jaclynclaire.com said...

This is definitely unfortunate. The premise had me really excited (as does Brave/The Bear and the Bow) especially since, while I love the TS sequels, I'm not a huge fan of the sequel-train in general and haven't really been super excited about Cars 2 and MI2. Hopefully this will get restarted at some point down the road!

Robby said...

Very disappointing, I was very much looking forward to Newt. Now all we have to look forward to is two sequels. :/

Jeff Coté said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This was also the Pixar film I was looking forward to the most. This makes me really mad.

Malik said...

I respect y'all's disappointment, but please, "ALL" we have to look forward to are OTHER predictably great Pixar movies, sequels or no...

Anonymous said...

Remember folks, ideas never really die. It took Disney almost 60 years of gestating to finally get the right story for Beauty and the Beast. These stories never die.

Anonymous said...

I am actually pleased to hear that it was cancelled. I have heard a couple of Pixar directors, particularly Andrew Stanton, talk about how a lot of modern movies fail because they don't take the necessary actions when they find out that their films aren't working. They try to piece something together, send it out and hope for the best.

Canceling newt shows me that Pixar is serious in their quest for quality and has a level of conviction that I find refreshing. Sequels aren't as fun but they aren't as risky either. Maybe Pixar can change bad taste of the animated sequel; I did like Toy Story 2 despite severe doubts.

Nate said...

acooper2: Exactly, my interpretation is that newt is going through a "Black Friday" like what Toy Story went through.

Leirin said...

I am absolutely speechless and heartbroken. It's all for the better, I know it is, but I can't help but think this is a bad day in Pixar's history.. everything about Newt's concept... just sounded so right, so Pixar...

Fabricio84 said...

I think the movie that doesn't need a sequel is Monsters, Inc. it just end so right! it's like they want to do a Ratatouille sequel, it doesn't feel right! there's no need to! But i guess it's ok, Pixar has never let me down...

Darrell said...

I'd much rather see a The Incredibles sequel than any of the above listed sequels.

Anonymous said...

No way!
was very anxious to watch this movie and now the Disney • Pixar Cancels all.
We want Newt!

Anonymous said...

I was very happy to know that Newt had a good script and that surely would be a big success (like all of Pixar Animation). But now I'm very sad to receive this news to paint left millions of fans around the world very disappointed.

Anonymous said...

<:'(

Nicola said...

This is very disappointing. It's disheartening to see the only 2 non-sequel films being pushed back/cancelled. Please, Pixar, don't be like every other studio! Make the new, original content we know you're capable of!

Kevin said...

Well, hopefully Pixar has come up with some other cool idea. I wonder what precisely made them quit this one...

GreyWyvern said...

It's sad, but I tend to agree with the idea that Newt was canceled because movies like Rio and Alpha & Omega explore the same plot concepts and are already further along in development.

Anonymous said...

It is a tad disappointing to hear about a Pixar film being cancelled, but keep in mind that none of us have seen any footage from it, so it's impossible to judge it fairly.
I read somewhere that there were too many story problems, not development issues, that led to Newt's cancellation. Can anyone verify this?

truteal said...

So goes the only Pixar film I was looking forward to.

The Great One said...

I will say I am not looking forward to a sequel to Cars. I did not like the first Cars and will not like the second. With that being said, the concept to newt has been done way too much. Even with the Pixar spin on it, the soul of the movie would have been predictable, and uninteresting in my opinion.

Louis said...

I hadn't read alot of information about this pixar production, but it was a concept that I was really waiting to see. Too bad that disney always seems to want to milk each of their franchises to the point where it becomes sour. I would have much prefer having a new story instead of having an old toy story 3.

Malik said...

Honestly, Cars 2 and Monsters 2?

After how awful Toy Story 2 turned out to be, how can any of us trust Pixar to do even Toy Story 3 right, much less the rest of them?

What's that? You say that Toy Story 2 was actually amazing, and that the word is that Toy Story 3 is awesome, too?

AND you say that EVERY Pixar movie has been handled with exquisite care to make the very best movie possible, and that (gasp) they've pulled that off every time?

Ridiculous. No way that can be true. I think we should all suddenly be scared that Pixar will start making lot and lots of bad movies, especially since they've NEVER done so before.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm not a Pixar purist. I actually loved Toy Story 2. With one exception, the Pixar movies are my favorites of all time, and the one exception only falls to those I consider good, but not worth buying on DVD. However, I'm kind of freaked out by the idea that Pixar is falling into the sequel trap. Its like living through the '80s all over again. You can remake movies over and over and over again, and make some money every time, but in the end you look like a cheap ????? wondering why no one is surprised your lipstick is smudged. I always thought Pixar was more complex and creative than that. What happened?

Anonymous said...

Guys, sequels aren't always bad. Sometimes, they turn out to be very good, especially if it's pixar's. Don't panic. It's not like the end of the world or something.

Anonymous said...

come on shush. Have faith in pixar just because their making a couple of sequels that doesn't meen jack, look at the toy story sequels and lasseter has even stated himself they only make a sequel if its just as good as the original. so what if they shelve newt they've got a sh** load of pressure on them all the time to make great films and so if they feel they're not ready to pursue it yet then that's their choice just respect it and look forward to the other magic they'll sure to turn out. cheers

Mario Mora said...

I think they just didn't want the comparison game coming up like it did with A Bug's Life (which is kind of like their "Black Cauldron" film so far) and Dreamwork's Antz film.

There was some weird parallels there and I agree with the notion that was mentioned on here before that "Rio" and "Alpha and Omega" could postulate an issue with comparisons whether deserved or not.

And honestly look how long Wall-E was in development, I remember a clip of I think it was Andrew Stanton doing a voice over saying that the idea had come to the foreground back when Toy Story did. So maybe they wanted something more from this.

Anonymous said...

Mario,

You need to read up on your Pixar history. The movie Antz was a deliberate theft from John Lasseter by Jeffrey Katzenberg as a revenge strategy against Michael Eisner.

Read the book The Pixar Touch. It's advertised on this website.

Bug's life was a great movie. If you disagree, I suggest you watch it again.

Truthfully, it seems that Newt was scrapped because it was a simple sitcom-like set up. It was the type of situation that is usually resolved in 25 minutes and to stretch it out to an hour and a half would be trouble.

Anonymous said...

Complete and total suckage. WE WANT TO SEE THIS FILM!!!!

Anonymous said...

Who's we? I'm not interested based on what I've heard of the plot.
If you want to see that movie's plot played out in about 25 minutes time, watch Father of the Pride episode 1; "What's black and white and depressed all over?"
You'll get the basic idea.

Anonymous said...

The story sounded similar to alpha omega

Anonymous said...

I'm Pixar doesn't want to make newt I'm sure Dreamworks does. Uh oh!

Anonymous said...

I was sad... Those creatures never get enough love. From what I heard it was canceled because of the movie "Rio." Depresses me too, because it looked like Newt had a better take on the story.

robert metzler said...

if pixar bring newt back for life hope for 2013

Rick said...

I'm pissed! I hope Newt's just being shelved! I've loved all of pixars movies even CARS. I'm excited about CArs 2 and MI 2 but cancelling Newt just pissed me off after waiting 2 years for it! I was so excited it sounds waaaay better than the movie Brave about a princess. Since they cancelled Newt that BRAVE and C2, MI2 better be real good. No prequel crap.

Anonymous said...

Why havent they done an Incredible's Sequel? It brought in a much higher box office return than Cars and Monsters Inc. Incredibles was even setup to appear to have sequels.

As for the Newt concept I think if you start a project that has sunk millions of dollars then finish it. Especially with 2 years worth of investment of companies rescources. There have been many movies that have retooled or even reshot the film because of the direction it was going. How do we know the movie concept of Newt would be crappy or like a sitcom. Have you seen it? I say make it and let the audience decide. Isn't that what movies are all about?

With that in mind I dont think it has been cancelled per se. I think DIsney came in and said shelve all original concepts and focus on sequels. Its all a money issue. Same as the reason why DIsney likes to put there animation films to the vault. Don't get me wrong I like Disney films and other properties but the suits can bite it. I liked it when Disney was for the Kid and magic in all of us. I hate to say it but Disney magic and Spirit is truly dead.

Anonymous said...

maybe they cancelled it because the movie with the two parrots just came out with basically the same exact story line. and also the movie alpha and omega, two wolfs that are put in a reserve to "repopulate". isnt it sensible to say that the newt plot had suddenly been used multiple times so pixar just said "this wont be original enough for our standards"

this explains the cancelations pretty well

Anonymous said...

Everybody this is important newt was cancelled but they chaged Newt to the the new movie called Rio. Rio is the same story of Newt except they have birds. Pixar was discussing and the came up with the idea so nobody really knows why the cancelled it and changed it to birds but i hope the movie is god so if you see the movie Rio don't be sad the cancelled Newt because it is excaclly the same story and plot.Besides Goerge Lopez is in the movie so it ha to be good so i'm glad i shared this important information with you :)

Anonymous said...

This is to Anonymous above me. The Anonymous above him got the idea.
Rio is by a different company than Pixar so to say don't be sad that a company who doesn't make good animated features is going to make a similar one is pointless.
Newt was probably cancelled because the idea has been overdone even before Rio and Alpha/Omega. George Lopez is pretty funny but I don't think he can turn a stupid idea into something worth watching.

My Scene said...

I was so bummed when i heard the news about Newt and now i'm wondering if Rio had anything to do with it. If you are saying pixar had plans and mentioned it in 2008 perhaps the story lines became too similar the closer they reached their release date

Anonymous said...

It was cancelled due to the similar plot line from the bird movie 'Rio" the last of his species aspect. I figured they didn't want an lawsuit on their hands.

Anonymous said...

The concept was not very original and Pixar might not have had a very good story to go along with the movie. If Pixar doesn't have a solid story, then they won't make the movie.

Natalia said...

Pixar producers should think about continuing with the movie "Newt," the economy has since recovered. Pixar has done with "Toy Story 3" and "Cars 2". Lack of "monsters inc 2" but I think Pixar could continue doing this new movie that everyone will love as the others.

Natalia, Mexico.

Philip said...

I'm not sad at all. When I looked at the Wikipedia article for Newt (which no longer exists) it seemed like a stupid idea. A SECOND MOVIE ABOUT D**N BUGS?!!! First, I HATED A Bug's Life, and Newt seemed similiar. And Monsters, Inc. 2 just became a horrible idea- why would little kids want to watch a film called "Monsters University?" Pixar just proved to the world that like every other livin lovin filmhouse that it too has its flaws. Walt Disney would be spitting out of his grave if he saw what his company became now.

Anonymous said...

:\ how unfortunate, but i am sure they had their reasons

Barbara said...

I cannot believe Pixar is being poisoned by Disney and the money industry. Newt plot sounds like Pixar style! Smart movies made with passion, and not just for money. I am so disappointed, Pixar was my last hope that movies were still made with passion by a big and powerful studio.

The movie is cancelled because does not have potential to produce enough toys for Disney industry.

Art is being killed by money industry. I am sure Monsters Inc. 2 will be a good movie, since Pixar always does a good job.

Pixar was always a revolutionary studio. Wall-e and Up were the two best movies I've seen released in the recent years. Newt was going on the same direction, with and interesting, current, and relevant topic. Stimulating children and adult’s minds.

Apparently Pixar is getting afraid of challenges, and the audience will start losing again.

Anonymous said...

That's too bad. But it does sound A LOT like the movie Rio, exceptp it is with newts rather than macaws. They are even both blue!

Anonymous said...

It does seem like the movie Rio. The species were endangered. Soon he falls in love with the other macaw. and the repopulate. i would have loved to see "Newt" though.

Lily said...

piece of shit. I was so excited to see this. I already heard it was cancelled but I saw some pics of it again after typing newt movie, and I just got pissed all over again. I waited since 2008 to see this movie, and I got a slap in the face. F*** you right now "whoever cancelled this". Rio seemed like sh** compared to this masterpiece. F*** Rio for stealing Pixar's Newt idea and F*** them for cancelling it for such a stupid reason. Antz still came out when Bug's life was made. Sheeesh....