Friday, September 3, 2010

Pixar releases Newt concept art

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.

34 comments:

Abhimat K Gautam said...

I hope it's the latter. I would love to see Newt.

Jay Hart said...

Wow...this artwork for Newt is just incredible. It makes it all the more depressing the film was canceled, because this looked to be a unique and visually incredible film.

As for why they would release this art publicly? I'd tend to agree with what you said, Mike. Who knows? Pixar's ideas never truly die, so we'll see what happens in the future.

Cheri said...

Dear Pixar,
I think the plot for "newt" is great! I think the logo is adorable! Please bring it back, if not now, eventually!

LimeiBook86 said...

I can see them transforming this into maybe a 30 minute TV show or maybe even a short. Or at least part of it. The artwork is beautiful! :)

GlobeReacher said...

Breathtaking.

guitarlynn53 said...

It's to bad that pixar is not making this movie,I sure a lot of people would love to see it,

Steven D. A. Mackay said...

I too hope "Newt" goes to a short. I'm a bit disappointed. A long slate of sequels, such as "Cars 2" has me slightly deflated. Mainly because I never liked "Cars." (Don't tell that to my nephew. He worships that film.) That said, my blog review of "TY3" makes me sound like I'm 9. I loved it. So, if Pixar said it wasn't working at this point, then it wasn't working. I love how they go back to show us the wrong ways they took in telling a story. So maybe this went to wrong. Didn't gel.

Snookiepook said...

Your welcome Mike. ;)

Hey, this makes me really depressed. I love the character designs.

acooper2 said...

If it's the latter, this is certainly an interesting and original publicity strategy. Regardless, this artwork is terrific. I just wish I could have seen the story to go along with it.

Leirin said...

This is some of the most breathtakingly beautiful concept art I have ever seen from Pixar, and that's saying something. I own a couple of the artbooks and I'm always impressed, but this just blows me away. *sigh* Why must they tease us by showing some it AFTER the announced cancellation? Makes me want to see the movie even more.

Their artistic vision for the story seems dead-on, and the plot seemed interesting while still perfectly Pixar-y. Obviously they know way more than me, but geez... I'm still devastated.

Kyle said...

I love all the artwork, except for the humans, they seem too derivative of the designs in Ratatouille.

Anonymous said...

He said it was no longer in development in that studio maybe it was made into a disney film without pixar's involvement I could see that happening as it is a great concept for a movie pixar may just be a little too full of projects at the moment With cars 2, toy story short, monsters 2, brave, and numerous future shorts and movie ideas.

Mike said...

Keep the comments coming, please!

Adam said...

I can't believe Pixar would actually cancel a new original title! All of their original concepts have been complete masterpieces! If anything, they should stick with new stories instead of just doing Disney sequels. :\

I was so excited for this movie when I first heard about it over a year ago. I can imagine there's a lot of concept art and story development that went into it already. I'd love to see the artwork from it. It sounded like such a cute story. D:

Alexandro said...

More comments? Alright, i'll copy and paste one from facebook:
Well, the 30 pictures were more than lovely, but now, Pixar, how about showing us 24 images per second for like... 96 minutes or so? :)
But really, i loved the project. Actually, it was the one that i wanted to see the most, especially becau...se it was going to be directed by Gary Rydstrom (whose audio commentary was IMO the funniest from the Pixar short films collection) and it was going to have music by Michael Giacchino, whose work i love and cherish and admire...
A pity, but Pixar always takes decisions regarding a greater good, and i trust they will find an excellent place for all this artwork and ideas that went into this project.
Long live, Pixar!

Eunice said...

Aww too bas it has been cancelled. Such a shame. :(

I know for sure, the movie would be so awesome if it is not cance!led :) I would love to see that movie. :>

Matteo said...

Hope to see this movie soon! The concepts are simply great, they shouldn't have canceled it :(

Anonymous said...

Man this better mean they are thinking about bringing Newt back!

Anonymous said...

i don't really like the sequels. it's getting boring. i want new characters and new stories.

Reuben said...

As John Lasseter has said, a good sequel makes the original even better. If they can pull that off for Monsters, Inc. 2, well . . .

Toy Story is undeniably improved by its sequels. Instead of being an isolated great film, it's now a part of longer story; we're allowed to know the characters better than we could from one film. Each movie gains story-telling power from the others. So pursuing sequels (good ones) is entirely worthwhile. It's still difficult to accept sequels in lieu of more wonderful originals. It would be very nice to have the cake and it, too. But quality is much, much more important than quantity.

The fact that Pixar canceled something as promising looking as Newt makes me more confident that Cars 2 and Monsters, Inc. 2 will deliver. They wouldn't be making them if they couldn't.

I suppose Newt couldn't. But, boy, is this artwork reveal puzzling. It's fantastic fan service (certainly!), but it only increases expectation for something that - isn't coming. They must know this.

Maybe it's a gauge of fan fervor, to decide whether or not to spend the time and money necessary to fix Newt? That seems unlikely.

It's probably best just to take it at face value; they're sharing artwork with their fans. But hopefully it's more. There's no way to know but to wait!

TCC said...

Backgrounds are amazing, totally Bill Cone style, and similar to Disney's master Eyvind Earle background paintings.
Newt is cool, but eyes are to generic, they are small and without interesting textures. Maybe it would be better to give them wider look -horizontally- for the pupils (at least in some emotional moments). I know how much pixar gives importance to eyes...
Human characters are to much Ratatouille.
P.S. please make this movie.. :)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I personally speculate that Newt was canceled because of the upcoming slate of similar animated movies. If you look at Rio, Alpha and Omega, and Rango.

The similarities are most easily drawn between Newt and Rio. Rio is about a blue macaw raised in captivity who believes he is the last of his kind. He is completely pampered and isn't even able to fly. When scientists identify a female macaw, the male finds himself lost in the jungle with the female and is completely dependent on her for survival all while trying to impress her. Judging by the trailer, there is also a smooth toucan who will likely give the male macaw advice on how to woo the female, good or bad.

Newt, as we all know, was about a blue-footed newt who believes he is the last of his kind. He is completely pampered and doesn't know anything about surviving in the wilderness. When scientists discover a female of his species, he finds himself lost in the jungle and completely dependent on her for survival all while trying to woo her along the way. There was also to be a smooth salamander who gives Newt advice along the way, good or bad.

That right there was reason for Pixar to scrap the project.

But we also have Rango, a story about a chameleon raised in captivity who knows nothing about living in the wild who suddenly finds himself in his natural habitat.

As well as Alpha and Omega, a story about an Omega wolf who is not savvy surviving in the wilderness finding himself lost with an Alpha wolf on whom he is completely dependent on to survive all while trying to woo her along the way.


Pixar wasn't left with much of a choice.

Jon R. LaFollette said...

any word as to why newt was cancelled? what went wrong....?

Jordan said...

Some of the art looks fantastic, and all of it looks great! I have a feeling that someday, we may know the true and full story behind why Newt was cancelled, but for now, I'm sticking to my "too similar to Rio and Alpha & Omega" theory.

John said...

I would love for this to end up as a short or a tv special. If there wasn't enough of an idea for a feature, wouldn't the shorter format be a logical choice?

Robby said...

Oh my goodness, I was SOOOO upset after seeing these. They show such amazing potential!!! I want this movie so badly!

dougbealle said...

This stuff looks great. As everybody has said, we don't know what was going on behind the scenes and we have come to trust Pixar despite the slate of sequels, but the strange part here is that this is essentially confirming in people's minds how good they think this movie was going to be. I am one of those people, as Newt really sounded like it could be a classic Pixar movie and I had more anticipation for it than most of the other Pixar films, all of which have turned out to be incredible. So I continue to have a glimmer of hope that this thing is not dead.

Anonymous said...

You never know. I think that it may just show up down the road sometime. Hmmmm... Steve Jobs had the iPhone 4 kinda leaked. I know PIXAR isn't Apple, but you never know about this. But, thank you PIXAR for sharing. I love to see the creative process of a story, even it never goes through.

Chris Reardon said...

Really disappointed to see this cancelled.
I think this was some amazing artwork, and would really love to see this be pushed farther.
Let's hope for the best.

David DeAngelo said...

I too hope "Newt" goes to a short. I'm a bit disappointed. A long slate of sequels, such as "Cars 2" has me slightly deflated. Mainly because I never liked "Cars." (Don't tell that to my nephew. He worships that film.) That said, my blog review of "TY3" makes me sound like I'm 9. I loved it. So, if Pixar said it wasn't working at this point, then it wasn't working. I love how they go back to show us the wrong ways they took in telling a story. So maybe this went to wrong. Didn't gel

Anonymous said...

Please bring back NEWT into the pipeline, the artwork is amazing and the concept is so original which is what Pixar is so well known for. Whilst I see it is similiar to upcoming animations from other companies, NEWT is just too cute to cancel all together- perhaps a change in story lines will see NEWT better well recieved.

Has anyone started a petition for this movie, perhaps if we show enough interest the Pizar team may re-consider releasing this feature film.?

legosamiscool said...

I would have liked to see it...(sigh) oh well.

J_Kandefer said...

Seriously, one of the biggest disappointments in my life was the cancellation of this movie. I was looking forward to it more than any pixar movie to date.

I felt like this movie was being made for me! The plot sounded perfect, and when I saw the concept art I wanted to cry because it may never be made. I seriously hope they have just put it on the back burner to be released later. So what if the plot is similar to other studios movies who ripped off Pixar and rushed a few crap movies to the theaters...no one will remember "Rio" or "Alpha and Omega" those movies look terrible and will be forgotten. Pixar would have delivered this movie in the manner they have done for years and made it an absolute Classic!

Just look at the concept art. The bird chasing Newt through a dark barn, the two Newts relaxing under the stars on a tiny island, the awesome character development, Newt grasping tightly to a hood ornament . Come on Pixar PLEASE MAKE THIS FILM!!!
If you aren't happy with the plot adjust it until it works.

I Loved Toy Story 3, I'm sure Cars 2 will be entertaining, and Monsters Inc. 2 will be great, but I think most dedicated Pixar fans would want to see more new ideas. Thats what got Pixar where they are one original story after another. I know that profit and merchandising are important but I think Pixar is different...I think they are about making bigger and better new characters and adventures, not repeating things we have already seen.

I can't wait for BRAVE but please, please, please MAKE NEWT!!!! Do this one for the fans...make it a mini 30 minute movie if you must but don't let that beautiful art and concept go to waste.