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Sep. 4th, 2010

05:56 pm - Pixar's "newt" concept art

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Previously: Pixar announced an upcoming film titled "newt" (yes, all lowercase).

Later, they announced that the "newt" project has been canceled. They didn't give a reason, but speculation has been running wild.

Now, they're showing some concept art from the project:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=206933&id=35245929077&ref=mf&_fb_noscript=1
Yeah, it's a Facebook link, but go ahead and click it; they've set the album so it can be viewed without logging in.

The artwork is fascinating and beautiful, and it's fun (but also kinda sad) to think what the movie might have been like. And look, there's the main character, a blue-footed newt, in several of the pictures!

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From:michaelmink
Date:September 4th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Augustus Fink-Nottle could not be reached for comment.
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From:nefaria
Date:September 5th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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Urk, maybe they saw the bean counters saw the box office returns on The Princess and the Frog and decided reptiles/amphibians are a poor draw with the kids. :(

There's a video game coming out later this year called "Epic Mickey", where Mickey travels through the worlds of all the old Disney animated features which got cancelled before production. I hope newt gets some public recognition someday.
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From:palabrajot
Date:September 5th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
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I think it would have been detrimental to Disney's public image to involve itself with a movie that has such blatant newtity.

The two-headed snake is another matter.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 5th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
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*waggles finger at you*
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From:oniomancer
Date:September 6th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
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It's a valid point. The whole concept sounds Eft up to me.
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From:wbwolf
Date:September 5th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
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The plot I had heard was it was about two rare newts that are placed in a cage for breeding purposes, and they can't stand each other.

Granted, that sounds like a pretty standard plot (see Alpha And Omega), but I wonder if either Pixar tried to get a unique spin on it and they couldn't, or had director problems (I don't remember who was attached to it).
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From:q_pheevr
Date:September 5th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
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Maybe they figure Gingrich is going to run in 2012, and decided they didn't want to get involved.

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From:vermillionfox
Date:September 5th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Maybe they realized there is already a reptile movie slated to come out, Rango , so they couldn't hire Johnny Depp for their movie? That or perhaps they realized maybe America is tired of the cgi-PUPPETRY (I refuse to call it animation) industry copying each other to death as it forced people to pick which of the two similar films to see?

Oh wait, I'm wrong, we're getting bird movies with Guardians and Rio. At least they look different in their plots of self-discovery and "all you need is confidence in yourself".
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 5th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)

GRRR NEWTS ARE NOT REPTILES

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Hey, I like CGI when it's done well (which Pixar consistently does, and other studios do more and more often these days).

You do have a possible point, though; as far as I'm aware, the main speculative theory about why Newt was cancelled is that the plot was too similar to the upcoming "Alpha & Omega".

...although whether it's a case of studios "copying each other to death" or just coincidentally having similar plots is another matter of speculation.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 6th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)

Re: GRRR NEWTS ARE NOT REPTILES

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You know, early Pixar was pretty big on copying. The premise of Toy Story dates back to Raggedy Ann & Andy and appeared more recently in Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy. A Bug's Life, while probably not copying Antz, is a re-envisioning of ¡Three Amigos!. And Monsters, Inc. has the basic premise of "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" and "Bump in the Night."
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 6th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)

Re: GRRR NEWTS ARE NOT REPTILES

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People don't realize how hard it is to be truly original. Any good idea you can come up with has probably been done somewhere by somebody in some form. Toys coming to life? Monsters scaring kids at night? These are things that every kid imagines. No surprise that more than one kid has grown up to make these ideas into movies. Nothing wrong with doing an idea that's been done before, as long as you do it well and put your own spin on it.

And I can assure you that A Bug's Life did not copy Antz. It was the other way around, and Antz was rushed into production to come out first.

Edited at 2010-09-06 01:23 am (UTC)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 6th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

Re: GRRR NEWTS ARE NOT REPTILES

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Yeah, that's what I thought.
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