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If you look at the picture above, you'll see that it is a photo for Disney/Pixar's animated film, Newt. Don't remember it? You shouldn't, because this is Pixar's only movie to have been announced but cancelled. I'll tell you a little about it and possible reasons why it was cancelled.

Go on Google and look up "Newt Pixar". You can see that there is a lot of concept art, which just goes to show you that Pixar was really planning on making this cancelled movie come to life. I mean, we even see references to this movie in Toy Story 3 and Brave.

That's a newt in her hand.
That's a newt in her hand.

So...why was it cancelled?

Here's the planned plot for Newt:

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, heroes of "newt". 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.

Sound familiar? It should, because it is the same as Blue Sky Studios' 2011 film Rio. Just with newts and not birds.

Newt was going to be released in 2012, the year after Rio was filmed. They probably felt it wasn't worth it. Even Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter said that they have a plot resemblance. Not only that, but in 2011, a movie was released named Rango, which starred famous actor Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland). Rango featured a lizard as the main character, just like Newt.

The movie was cancelled due to the fact that it was an unlikely idea that wasn't working. They handed the movie to Pete Docter, who said, "I'll do it, but I have another idea altogether, which I think is better." This better idea eventually became Inside Out.

Pretty amazing how a story about how two endangered lizards mating grew to be a story about five emotions in a little girl's head as she moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.


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