It's been a good long while since we've heard anything out of NEWT (officially branded "newt" with all lowercase). There was some concept art leaked a while back but that's about all we have. Well, now we know why. NEWT has been canceled.
There have been rumors circling for quite some time, due to the inactivity and lack of anything coming out of the project, but only recently do we have our first real sign of cancellation. According to The Pixar Blog the film has been deleted from Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia, a Disney movie compendium of sorts, which is run by Disney archivist (which is possibly the greatest job in the world) Dave Smith. After being asked by TPB why the film was now missing, Smith replied promptly only with "The film has been canceled."
That's proof enough for me. As much as it saddens me to see the picture go, as I'm sure many other Pixar fan-boys and girls are around the world, it's nice to finally get some definitive evidence. To fondly look back, here's a brief synopsis of what could have been:
“What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other? Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science.”
Pixar is known for making fantastic animated films that can be enjoyed by people of every age. Their films have gotten progressively more mature and more graceful in dealing with mature themes as can be seen in UP, THE INCREDIBLES and even WALL-E to a certain degree. Reading this plot synopsis, I can't help but think that this could've been Pixar's first primarily adult film. But, as aforementioned, it's all for naught now.
On a lighter note, remember that BRAVE (once titled THE BEAR AND THE BOW) and MONSTERS INC. 2 are both scheduled for release for 2012.
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