Disney removes Pixar’s Newt from the schedule
Pixar has championed some of the greatest animated films of the past 15 years. Heck, they’ve been responsible for some of the best cinematic experiences, animated or otherwise, during that span. And, for every awesome project they’ve completed, there are dozens if not hundreds of more ideas that never made it to completion. Sadly, one of the expected upcoming films, Newt, could share that same doomed fate. In a recent schedule reshuffling that saw Beauty and the Beast 3D get pulled from the calendar, Disney’s Newt was silently removed, as well. The Pixar film was intended to hit theaters in 2012, focusing on the last two blue-footed newts on earth, hoping to save their species from extinction. Unfortunately, it seems Newt was not successful in his quest. We’ll keep pushing for details, but… it’s not looking likely 🙁
Prior to its apparent cancellation, Newt’s story was one of love. Sorta. Gary Rydstrom, the film’s writer and potential director, had this to say early on: “Newt is smart but he’s never had to think for himself and is pampered. Brooke on the other hand is streetwise and not to be messed with. It’s fair to say it’s about as bad as first dates can get!” 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? That’s the problem facing Newt and Brooke, who 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.
How “real” was Newt? Well, there has been talk of the film for years – so much so that the hype even reached Andy’s room! In Toy Story 3, comingsoon.net noticed a little sticker on Andy’s door, showcasing a “Newt Crossing” in honor of Pixar’s “could-be” lizard.