At around 2 PM today, thirty pieces of beautiful, never-before-seen artwork from Pixar's now-cancelled feature project Newt were posted to the official Disney/Pixar Facebook page.
"As most of you already know, "Newt" is no longer in development at Pixar. However, that doesn't mean we can't share some of the Pixar artists' amazing artwork with our Facebook fans!" reads the album caption.
Besides the main protagonists, Newt and Brooke, and some marvellous set concepts, a lot of really interesting characters can be seen, like a two-headed snake and a group of vole-like creatures, not to mention the human newt researchers.
The release of this artwork is staggering. What is Pixar up to? This might be the first time ever a studio has made public concept art from a cancelled film so soon after ceasing production. It makes fans want to see the movie even more now —frustrating.
Is this a final goodbye for Newt? Or could it be that the movie's 'cancellation' is being rethought, and Pixar is intentionally building interest in the film for a future release? Please share your thoughts.
Thanks to everyone who emailed me about this.