Disney/Pixar source says 'Newt' off development schedule

pixar-newtLooks like Newt won’t be new(t) to theaters after all come 2012. As first reported in The Pixar Blog, it appears the film — which followed two newts forced to procreate, even though they hate each other — has indeed been canceled. (The film was already plagued with scheduling conflicts, pushed back from summer 2011 to summer 2012.) Disney/Pixar animation head John Lasseter declined to comment to EW about the reports, but a source from the studio says that with Cars 2, Monsters Inc. 2, and Pixar’s first fairy tale Brave all in the works for 2011 and 2012, “We have taken Newt off of our development schedule to allow our creative teams to focus on these upcoming projects.”

It’s a shame. I was excited to see an original film in Disney/Pixar’s line-up, considering how many sequels the studio is popping out in the next few years. (And that’s coming from a rabid fan of Monsters Inc.) Anyone else sad to hear the Newt news? —Reporting by Adam B. Vary

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  • Ceballos

    Yeah, whenever Pixar has to scrap any new project, it’s a loss because they’re pretty much batting 1.000.

    Though I’ll undoubtedly check out these sequels (“Toy Story 3″ can’t get here soon enough) it’s just not the same feeling as when Pixar delivers something original.

  • Patrick

    It’s a shame, I was looking forward to seeing how Gary Rydstrom(their go-to guy at Skywalker Sound) did directing a feature. I thought the short film he directed for them(Lifted) was a lot of fun.

  • TommyG

    This was probably a very smart move on Pixar’s part. I’d rather that Pixar take it off the slate entirely than to release a sub-par movie that couldn’t/didn’t get the attention it deserved. Pixar’s standard of quality is far above any other US animation studio; if it’s not the absolute best, then yeah – they made the right decision.

    • Ceballos

      “Pixar’s standard of quality is far above any other US animation studio.”

      I think we can safely take the word “animation” out of there.

  • Clayton

    That is a bummer; sounded like another Pixar gem. But Monsters, Inc. 2 is a great consolation.

  • Gus

    Especially since it’s Pixar, I’ll take quality over quantity ANYday. Smart move, guys.

  • Mrs. Frisby

    I never want to hear about a Pixar project being scrapped, but since they are all about high quality, then perhaps it’s for the best. Perhaps they will revisit Newt when schedules come back down to an easier level. One thing for sure is you can bet any Pixar project will be good!

  • Stacy

    awww, this sounded really cute. If it just wasn’t working out, so kudos to them for dropping it and hopefully focusing on a a quality movie. I’m still really iffy about Cars 2, though…

  • joesmom

    Not keen on Cars2 as Cars was the one Pixar film I really didn’t care for. Everyone seems to have an itching for sequels though. Maybe the creative juices just aren’t flowing well at Pixar these days.

  • Karen

    As a rabid Pixar fan, this news truly devastates me. Can you loose a favorite before you even had it?! *sigh* But hopefully it will come back when the other movies are out of the way. As someone else already mentioned, it’s not Pixar’s style to do something sub-par, so there may be hope that it will come back better than ever.

  • chmoye

    There’s nothing wrong with Pixar’s creative juices coming off of Wall-E and Up. My guess is that they can’t focus oon it and make it as good as they want in lieu of all the for-merchandising-only films that Disney’s making them do.

  • rb

    Instead of Cars 2 they should really be working on a sequel to The Incredibles, my personal favorite of the Pixar movies.

    • Elizabeth

      I second that request…

      • TJB

        That will have to wait as Brad Bird is going to direct Mission Impossible 4, but yea I would love an Incredibles sequel

      • Eric

        The Incredibles is the only Pixar movie for which a sequel always seemed appropriate.

    • Kari

      I have been waiting for an incredibles sequel with baited breath. I love everything pixar, but I was a little dumbfounded to hear they were doing sequels to cars and monster’s inc. and not the incredibles.

  • Mac

    That stinks.

    Out of all the projects that they announced, Newt was the one I was looking foward to the most(Well 2nd to Toy Story 3)

  • Lights

    Wait. They’re making Cars 2? If I could have a sequel to any Pixar movie, it would be Finding Nemo. Or The Incredibles. Cars 2??? Do not get me wrong; I enjoyed that movie. But I have no desire to see a second installment.

  • Stephanie T.

    I third an Incredibles 2. It would make more sense than Cars 2.

  • Arsinoe

    Why are they making a Cars sequel? It’s not a fan favorite and 2 of the principles have passed away.. George Carlin and Paul Newman.

    • Dave

      Cars made 1 billion dollars in licensing, like games and toys and such, which I think is the highest for any one pixar movie. Which is sad, but I really didn’t like it that much and want Incredibles 2 so much more!

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