Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

Art From Pixar's Canceled NEWT Film Appear Online!!

Merrick here...
Over the weekend, Pixar released some concept art from NEWT via its Facebook page. About what happens when two Newts - the last of their kind on the planet - are forced together to save their species (despite not being able to tolerate each other), the now-canceled project was to be Gary Rydstrom's feature film debut (Rydstrom wrote and directed LIFTED, the Pixar short which appeared in front of RATATOUILLE). NEWT was canned due to "story concerns" or something to that effect, but development work was left behind and I think it's amazingly cool that Pixar cared enoiuygh to release such tantalizing and gorgeous images. Click any of the thumbnails below to jump to Pixar's Facebook page, where you can find EMBIGGENABLE versions.
If you're not a Facebook member and don't really care to become one, Allocine has uploaded all of the images and you can find 'em HERE.
--- Follow Merrick on Twitter! ---

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Too bad

    by res8323

    These look really cool. What is Pixar's next, if this isn't it?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Come on...

    by Lemure_v2

    Empire had this Friday. I'm starting to understand when people say this site is only good for the talkbacks.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Story concerns?

    by Phategod2

    Was it racist? Political? Homosexual? I want to know now.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    A shame...

    by WeylandYutani

    I was really looking forward to this PIXAR film from what I had heard about it. I think there was even a teaser made of it with the Newt crawling around the word N-E-W-T. <P> Ah well... in PIXAR I trust.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    only 5 days late

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    I think talkbackers need to raise money for a AICN Spell Check Awareness Fund.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    but instead we get Cars 3 and Nemo 5

    by disfigurehead

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I read that Pixar thought that the film was too "preachy"

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...which is strange given the fact that WALL-E was Al Gore's SECOND work of science fiction (the first was parts of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH).

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    At least TOY STORY 3...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm


  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    It probably didn't have enough cute monsters

    by RPLocke

    to market as toys.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Would it have been such a chore to revise the script rather than just cancel the whole film?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Alpha & Omega: too close?

    by stuckakiddotcom

    Just reading the brief description, doesn't it sound like the plot to the upcoming Alpha and Omega? (with newts replacing wolves) Is it possible that the storyline was too close to that?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    When's the Geiko Lizard getting his own movie?

    by cookylamoo

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I would much rather...

    by Symposium

    ...see a story concerned Newt over Cars 2 any day. Looks like Disney has finally turned Pixar into a quick buck company. Shame.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    My guess: Birds&Bees

    by Alientoast

    The concept is simple biology: You need a male and female (assuming the species can't spontaniously change gender/is able to reproduce with just females (it happens with some species!)/is asexual) to create more of their species. However, there is the delicate matter of explaining that, so to speak, to the audience, many of which probably have not had -that- talk. In movies like Up, they subtlely convey the fact that his wife was unable to conceive, but it's subtle enough so that a kid won't get it. With an entire movie that centers around 2 newts needing to procreate in order to continue the species, it's kinda hard to skirt around the whole concept.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I agree w/ disfigurehead

    by Ronald Raygun

    For a couple of years there I got a little excited to see what type of new characters Pixar would come up with for their movie of the year. Now it's just sequels for the foreseeable future. Blah.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    quick buck company?

    by rockness

    where are these movies you are guys are talking about? i may not be the world's foremost pixar expert, but to the best of my memory the last three pixar films released were up(original franchise), wall-e(original franchise) and toy story 3(Sequel everyone wanted and the franchise that pretty much started the company.) So, where are these multitudes of sequels you guys are clamoring about?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Story Issues = Similarities to Other Movies

    by little_lebowski

    The suits felt the romantic storyline was too close to that of "the Princess and the Frog". <br><br>Also? There's the similarly-plotted films "Rio" and "Alpha and Omega" both coming out over a year in advance of Newt's projected 2012 release.<br><br> Which is a huge shame, because going by that artwork, Newt would have blown both out of the water.<br><br> With luck, this will get picked up again once the others have become distant memories.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    They probably just couldn't get a good enough story

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    So shelving it was the right thing to do instead of going forward with a story they didn't like.</p><p>That being said I hope they revive it because it sounds like the kind of thing they do really well and that kids would go nuts for. I can see kids all over the world adopting newts based on a movie like this.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Would be better as an R-rated comedy

    by frankenberry

    "Two characters who dislike each other must mate to save their species." I think that plot would be better served as an R-rated comedy. When you remove the details of why and how the newts must mate, you have just another typical comedy about two characters who dislike each other but gradually fall in love.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Pixar doesn't

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    cancel projects without good reason. And as far as their taking risks on original IPs, one word, Ratatoulie (SP?). A great original idea that no other studio in the world would have been able to pitch and have greenlit. Pixar makes sequels that people want to see and are willing to stop a project that just isn't working and lose all that production cost rather than push something inferior out the door just to make money. Toy Story 2 was their only real mis-step and even that was better than all the Ice Ages and most of the Shreks.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Horgy

    So you've got 2 animals that must mate to keep the species going, and they don't like each other. Perhaps Pixar didn't like the subtext of the movie essentially being "listen, I know you don't want it, but I'm gonna fuck you. Then, I'll probably fuck at least one of our kids. At least one of them will fuck you. Yeah, just because we have to keep the species going." Great movie plot for kids.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Movies for 8-year olds...

    by ScreamingPenis

    ...are not very interesting. Just sayin.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    The artwork, especially the newt

    by Willbraham

    ARE AMAZING! Really beautiful

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    hey rockness....

    by Chaosinabox

    The multitude of sequels are Toy Story 3 (this year), Cars 2 (coming next year) and Monsters Inc 2 (2012).

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by Willbraham

    It's gorgeous!

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke


  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    "Toy Story 2 was their only real mis-step"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    What. The. FUCK?!

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I wish

    by funkylovemonkey

    more studios would cancel movies that they know won't work instead of slapping 3d on them and hoping nobody will notice.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Cars was a piece of shit story-wise

    by Hesiod2k7

    It was a beautifully animated pile of stinking elephant shit, though.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Creative recent one shot pixar movies

    by Hesiod2k7

    Wall-E Incredibles Ratatouille Up Incredibles Finding Nemo They take 2-3 years to develop a project. And their biggest pile of shit is Cars, which made money by kissing white trash cultural ass

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    To back up Little_lebowski

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    This is not a surprise. The first thing I thought when I heard the plot was "Princess and the Frog". And frogs to newts is not even that far off. Same with Alpha and Omega. And I did not even think about Rio. Lassiter probably looked at it, was not THAT impressed, asked what they would bring new that was not being done to death at the moment, and decided to kill it. Not so much "the mighty have fallen" scenario. Pixar has never failed for me. Sure, Cars was not my favorite, but it was not bad either, and it was sure no "Home on the Range"! (the Night and Day short DID leave me unimpressed however).

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Cars is better than most give it credit for

    by jimmy_009

    If you can get over the "talking cars" weirdness, the story is well done, the characters memorable, and it's pretty funny. I've seen it about 100 times as it's my kids favorite movie and as much as I didn't like it at first, it grew on me. Newt looked pretty good, but I agree with Horgy. There's a definite problem with concept that can't be overcome.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Adam and Eve is a biological myth

    by Hesiod2k7

    You have to have a certain minimum population to become stable. One of each gender is nit going to work.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by DreadPirateRoberts

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Can't believe folks call Cars bad

    by frankenberry

    Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, The Hottie & the Nottie , Glitter - these movies are shit. Cars may be weak compared to some of Pixar's masterpieces. But the film is far from bad.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Pixar is also working on

    by funkylovemonkey

    an original film entitled Brave that will probably be released in 2012. It was titled originally The Bear and the Bow. And I'm not sure it's fair to really say that Pixar is pumping out sequels when Monsters 2 will be released 11 years after the original. Cars 2 will be released five years after the original. Neither sequel I'm really looking forward to, since they are my least favorite to come from Pixar, but the last few Pixar movies have been brilliant with Up! and Toy Story 3. Where all the sell-out talk is coming from I don't know.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by DreadPirateRoberts

    What are you on about. That 'white trash' ass kissing is such a tired argument about Cars. So was Wall-E made to succeed by kissing liberal environmental ass? Was Ratatouille made to cater to yuppie foodie ass kissing? They had a story. They went with it. It is not like there is as much money to be made appealing to the white trash world as there is appealing to the coasts! Original, not so much. Catering? Doubtful.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    "It'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night."

    by StarWarsRedux


  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    CARS is great!

    by Sonny_Williams

    Fuck the haters, fuckem' I says.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Probably it was too cliched, and too difficult to fix

    by ricarleite2

    Rather start with something new. And regarding the Pixar sequels, perhaps they feel they can make something better than what was accomplished with Monsters Inc and Cars, so these films may justify a sequel after all - but if and only if the resulting film is as good as what has been produced by Pixar over the past 4 years.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by Kraven Morehead

    Cars is not a bad film but it just doesn't stand up to everything else pixar puts out. I think the flaw that sticks out as the common denominator in that movie is that it takes place in an alternate universe while all other pixar films take place within the universe we all live in except everything going on happens without our knowledge e.g. talking toys, sentient fish, real super heroes, etc. In cars everything was cars, there were even bug cars. It was still good and for a film you would take a child to it was great but comparing it to the other pixar films only makes it look OK.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 2 was a misstep?

    by darthvedder81

    Because I think that's tied with "Up" for Pixar's best movie. It's also funny hearing the words "white trash" thrown around in the talkback since I'd venture a good 65% of the people posting may qualify as such.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Cars was beyond dumb and a cliche story

    by Hesiod2k7

    It was beautifully animated, of course. But nobody gave a shit about any of the characters. It's the stupid ass plot as that Michael J Fox movie. Wall-E was ORIGINAL. Regradless of tge message. The environmentalaspect if it as nit the plot point. It was incidental tongue plot to a great extent. It was more if an homage to Chaplin and the Little Tramp.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Kids love Cars

    by iceman199

    At least mine do, more than all the other Pixar movies. Plus the thing is a huge toy moneymaker. That's probably why Cars 2 is the first non-Toy Story sequel. The merchandising alone must pull in mega, MEGA, bucks.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Oy. iPhone editor run amuck!

    by Hesiod2k7

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    isn't John Carter of Mars...

    by Alec.Eiffel

    being released under the Pixar banner? That's going to be awesome.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    A Bug's Life

    by Horgy

    also wasn't all that good. By the way, watch The Three Amigos, then watch A Bug's Life, then feel your mind being blown.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I was excited for that one..... too bad its cancelled

    by CurlySue

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Make it happen. Sick of G rated.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Eventually Pixar will tell an original story,

    by Dingbatty

    not highly derivative, as have been all of their movies.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Ratatoulie should have been the movie they canned

    by FlandersBum

    That movie just lacked everything that most of Pixar's other films had. Boring, uninteresting and bland. Even visually it just wasn't eye catching or interesting. 90% of the movie is spent in the one kitchen set. Wouldn't be suprised if it's their lowest grossing film.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by DreadPirateRoberts

    Perhaps you are just trolling. But first, most stories are derivative. It is not the story roots, but how you tell it that has driven most story telling throughout the ages. That said, what is so derivative about Monsters Inc and Wall-E?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Pixar's sequels

    by Kaitain

    "I would much rather see a story concerned Newt over Cars 2 any day. Looks like Disney has finally turned Pixar into a quick buck company. Shame." <p> But Pixar made Toy Story 2 and 3, and they were both superb: among their finest work, indeed.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Eh, good thing they canceled it.

    by mistergreen

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Cars = Doc Hollywood

    by ShabbyBlue

    The plots are so similar that it's surprising Doc Hollywood's screenwriter didn't sue Pixar for plagiarism. And yet people theorize that Newt got cancelled because it's plot was too similar to other films too?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by nametaken

    re: population. the minimum is 2 for population regrowth, not hundreds or thousands. its a question of bad mutations, a couple with no mutations can repopulate the world fine.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Sly called and he wanted to know...


    Sly called and he wanted to know the penultimate meaning of EMBIGGENABLE. Also, I'm friends with Robert Rodriguez.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    Adam and Eve being of perfect genetic stock wouldn't have had this issue, neither would their children if the Fall never occurred and the world remained perfect. And even after it did, serious side-effects of mutations would take quite awhile to set in.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    FlandersBum, I hope

    by henrydalton

    that that is some kind of ironic post-modern hipster joke that I don't get. Ratatouille is Pixar's greatest standalone film - equalled only by the Toy Story films (or trilogy, if you prefer), when taken as a whole. That film is fucking perfect. Man, I hate having to write a serious reply to someone called 'FlandersBum', which is why I hope that was a joke.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    And yeah

    by henrydalton

    Considering the number of projects they've brought back from the brink to develop into genius (Ratatouille, Toy Story 2 and 3, etc), I suspect they wouldn't have dumped this unless it was beyond saving. It's a shame, as I really liked the concept, but I can't think of a studio that I trust the judgement of more on that sort of thing.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Cars = BEST pixar film.

    by fingulas

    My 4 yr old and 2 yr old know ALL of Pixar's films AND all the Miyazaki stuff. My boys can recite lines from Spirited Away, Nausicaä (my oldest does an awesome Ohmu impression), Howls Moving Castle, favorite meal is "Ponyo Noodles", can quote the Incredibles, Toy Story, etc.. Cars is BY FAR their favorite. To adults the story is cliche but to kids this is an amazing movie. It's like their hot-wheels have come alive. When it comes to how little boys use their imagination, it's "Get out of my head" accurate. Pixar is VERY smart to be releasing Cars 2. If the plot with Mater accidentally involved in an international spy ring is anywhere accurate, it should be awesome. BTW: Mater has a really sad story wound up in his babble. Only after repeated viewing did I catch on to this. I wonder how many folks actually caught on to this? Oh and Wall-E can go suck a big Dick-E with it's over the top preachy whiny tone. Leave the environmental preaching to Miyazaki, it's what he does best. Ratatouille was daring but ultimately failed. Up never held our attention. Kids could not finish it, I personally think it's Pixar's weakest effort.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Not enought cute furry animals!

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I Love CARS

    by Rebeck2

    I will be in perpetual confusion over why this film is considered a "lesser" Pixar film. I enjoy it so much more than FINDING NEMO or MONSTERS INC. It's gorgeous to look at, it's funny, and the theme of slowing down and enjoying life is one of the most resonant for me. I'm amazed everyone doesn't feel the same, but I guess that's opinion for you. The other two I mentioned are good, of course, but too Kiddie-ish for my taste. Rounding out my top 5 Pixars would be WALL-E, THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE and the original TOY STORY.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Nope, I thought Ratatouille sucked.

    by FlandersBum

    Visually boring. Lots of ugly plain greys and whites. Again, the movie mostly takes place in one set. They go outdoors a couple times, and even that's done at night aside from once. Character design was boring. Mostly lacking the madcap humor of their other movies. Lacking almost any real humor at all. Barely raised a smile throughout the movie. Uninteresting characters. Subject matter that didn't appeal to me at all. The big finale was a restaurant how exciting. Slow paced. Patton Oswalt put me to sleep with his voiceover work. For whats supposed to be the main character, he seemed pretty unlikable. Also about their lowest grossing film in the US, meaning I wasn't the only one not crazy about it. I love most of Brad Bird's other work, he just missed the boat with this one. This movie seemed more geared toward older, elitist men who read the New York Times...not what I'm looking for in a Pixar film. Dems da breaks. Of course I thought Cars sucked also, but for entirely different reasons.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    And PS

    by Rebeck2

    Pixar has given us plenty of reasons to trust them so I'm guessing CARS 2 will be highly entertaining and may have some people changing their tune.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Probably for the best

    by Failure101

    I trust Pixar. As many others have already said, this story immediately reminded me of others in or post production. I've rarely been let down by Pixar and I'm sure they had good reason.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    Cars, story-wise, is pretty slow in the mid-section, and the whole 'cars-are-living-things' world is ill-thought through.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    I disagree. I think you just have to take that leap of imagination. Do I wonder what the boy and girl car will do once the flirting is over and how exactly car procreation works? LOL. Yeah. But who cares? Why do cars even exist if there are no humans? It's better not to pull these threads. It's done with great style and humor and has it's own interior logic that makes it work.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Screw Toy Story 2 and 3. Direct to video shite.

    by Flip63Hole

    Disney took a giant dump on one of my favorite movies of all time. Walked out of both. Left TS3 during the fucking ridiculous incinerator scene...

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    You're a fucking retard if that's what you did. Seriously, you have no taste, go fuck your dad. How about you walk out of here and in front of a bus and start the thinning of the AICN herd?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    RP-- I doubt we'll ever see Pixar crack a PG-13, even

    by StarWarsRedux

    Also just noticed we both mostly recalled the same line with the title. <p>Mostly.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    No retort you give

    by NightArrows

    Can change the fact you are a fuckwit. TS2 and 3 were outstanding, and you are the running aftermath of someone who should have pulled out. Harsh? Sure, but that's the tooth.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3

    by Kaitain

    Overall, best movie of the summer. Almost flawless.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Pixar should make a movie called: Traditional or Practical

    by TheJudger

    have it be about a guy who makes shit with his hands with out a computer who cant get work no more. Like an updated Wizard of Speed and Time flick.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Newt didn't have enough death sequences in it

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Aint it LATE news... SlashFilm already

    by Xxplosive

    reported on this last week. The concept art looks cool though.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting on Copola to make the future film

    by TheJudger

    were technoloy has advanced enough that everyone creates artistic stuff. he said something about it on ZDTV- yeah that fucking long ago. Basically it is a story about a world of creative people, and they are able to do so because of the cap being removed thanks to technology. Instead of having to learn to play music you only have to think of the sounds you want to hear, instead of having to sculpt a form or draw an image you only have to metally picture it. Technology does the rest. I dont know what the story would be, but man he was waxing off about it hardcore back in the day- and it never fucking happened!

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    They're probably right to can this one

    by Teddy Artery

    What with that other lizard movie, Rango coming out soon.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Cars wasn't bad, just not up to usual Pixar standards...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Probably due to being dumbed waaaaaayyy down in order to target it to the children of inbreeds. "Lookit that thar, it's wunna them cumpewter cartoons 'bout Nascar... tuh-HUH! L'il Earl Joonyer'll luv him summa that!"

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Cars and Up were pretty bad. Wall E was dull

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    it would been a disney movie for kids...

    by Bouncy X

    you just know they would eventually find some sort of newt colony by the end. or at the very least find some eggs left behind or something.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Newt Gunray should be canned

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    That stunted slime!

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Critcs LOVE Pixar!!!!

    by RPLocke

    No matter how shitty the Pixar movie is, they always give it a high review.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    They were legally blocked on this movie by FOX

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    Fox is working on a biopic about Newt Gingrich called Newt and they've already secured the rights to that name. Pixar is using this bonus time to shore up the story and possibly work up some alternative artwork.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    What a shame

    by Aloy

    That artwork is gorgeous and really needs to get used even if it's a short.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Good, we didn't need another depressing Pixar film anyway.

    by detinue

    They've been on quite a streak of them lately with Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3, all of which were morbidly themed. I don't know if the people at Pixar are growing older and getting fixated on their mortality, or if the Disney merger has soured their outlooks on life or what, but man is it seeping into their art. Couldn't they throw us an uplifting story again for old times sake?

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    People are slating Pixar now!?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Good grief. There's no accounting for taste.<p>Look, Pixar have done three films that weren't quite up to the standard set by their others: A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and Cars. And even those three lesser efforts are still pretty good. The rest of their output is solid gold.<p>Anyway, Disney - the corporated shill for right wing family values - probably demanded this film be canned because it is essentially a story that climaxes in two newts fucking. Sex doesn't exist in America - think of the children!.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by WeylandYutani

    Watch: The Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, The Three Amigos and A Bug's Life and then feel your mind being blown.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    so its cool to hate toy story 2 now????

    by ORIONgods

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Pixar "cares enough"...

    by Rupee88

    goddamn stop drinking the koolaid...this is a division of Disney, a corporation whose one concern is trying to make money...they don't "care" just gets them headlines and stories and higher brand awareness and more money. You are fucking naive.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    The darker the turn, the more cathartic the uplift. I've had more memorable moments in those films you didn't like from Pixar than most other films I've seen in that time span. I'm fine with stuff like Despicable Me. It's mildly clever, mostly amusing, and never comes off as needlessly cloying, but I'll be hamstrung if you asked me to pick out a scene (not in the trailers) that I can remember. There was never that much at stake. Facing death, staring it down, and being willing to truly risk it all produces much greater narrative dividends, hands down.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    This was canceled before May 12 you retards

    by Rupee88 People are talking out of their ass how AICN got this news 5 days late...goddamn you are know it alls who are stupid..5 months ago this was basically are stupid and know it..not merrick although him thinking Pixar cares makes him a bit dumb.

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    No, No, No, No, No.

    by Rebeck2

    A BUG'S LIFE is underrated as well. You guys are just wrong wrong wrong. The three weakest Pixars are MONSTERS INC, FINDING NEMO, and UP. (And yes, they are still very good)

  • Sept. 7, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Up wasn't uplifting?

    by darthvedder81

    You have got to be fucking kidding me. Up is the most genuinely positive, heartfelt without being treacly movie I've seen, well, maybe ever.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    So Nerd Rage has turned to bashing Pixar now

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    The end must be nigh.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Had no idea this was canceled. Was really looking forward to it

    by Bungion Boy

    Especially because this Alpha and Omega movie looked so similar in terms of story. I was looking forward to that being garbage and NEWT taking the same premise and spinning it into gold.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Well, people think The Hobbit is still going to get

    by RPLocke

    made, so why not this?

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    jerseycajun, I was thinking more of movies like...

    by detinue

    ...Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. I haven't seen Despicable Me so I can't comment on it one way or another. Dark turns are one thing and fine when handled correctly, but when a movie fixates on them without any real redemption it merely becomes a morbid exercise in accident watching.<p> Let's take the latest Pixar release, Toy Story 3. It is essentially the Rocky 5 of animated films. It takes a group of estabilished and much beloved characters, runs them through the ringer mercilessly for 90 minutes (a day care run like a prison by a sadistic bear, everyone nearly getting incinerated, etc. !!!) and then maroons them permanently in a degraded situation that is satisfying to neither the characters nor the audience in general. I understand closure as a metaphor, but given the choice of the numerous other possible storylines available for this series, did anyone really want to see this particular story of these toys losing their beloved owner and being passed off to a minor character, any more than they wanted to see Rocky brain damaged and broke? I was depressed for 3 whole days straight after seeing the movie.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Pixar's latest is both a lesson and depressin'

    by FeralAngel

    When was the last time Pixar made a really FUN movie? Um, let's see, the Incredibles, I guess. All the rest have been largely downers in one way or another. I respect Pixar's wanting to experiment and take chances, but DAMN I wish I could go to a Pixar film again with a sense of excitement instead of a vague feeling of dread. Toy Story 3 wasn't fun AT ALL. Cars was BORING AS HELL. Ratatouille had moments here and there, but looking at those rubbery-looking people for 90 minutes sorely tested my intestinal fortitude. Plus Pixar seems to have a basic story formula which consists of pushing emotional buttons and preaching. Feh! And that's why the idea of Pixar making sequels of movies like Monsters Inc. doesn't sound all that damn bad to me. Monsters was FUN. Bring it on, I say.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Fox's Newt Biography?

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    That should be interesting. Back-bencher politician leads the charge against a philanering president while cheating on his own wife. Yeesh, he's the reason I'm considering registering as an Independent.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    They have kids that need to inbreed!!

    by Axl Z

    That's the reason why it was canned just there.. Every film/book/show that revolves around the last two people alive having to procreate misses the issue that their kids will have to inbreed to survive past that generation.. There should bd a film about being the kids of the last two survivors and being like "no way am I fucking my sister dude!"

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Up was an enormous DOWNER.

    by detinue

    We start off by seeing a montage of this loser of a main character repeatedly fail to fulfill (or even attempt to try to fulfill, really) any of his wife's dreams, until it is much too late to matter and she dies. Then he becomes a miserable grumpy old man thoroughly disliked by all, who desperately tries to redeem himself by belatedly going on a quest to complete his late wife's most treasured dream, which even if he succeeds in accomplishing would only further underline his complete failure to her while she was alive. While on this quest, grumpy old man only becomes grumpier and more dislikable; and, he learns exactly two things - 1.) childhood dreams are for suckers; and, 2.) the key to ending one's grief over the death of a beloved is to just move on, to just, both figuratively and literally, jettison everything in your life that you shared with the person you loved, and to just move on. Grumpy old man receives a totally unearned, even if amazingly graceful, pardon from his late wife and then promptly forgets about her and runs off to build a new do-over life with the annoying kid who accidentally came along on his quest. The End.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST

    So Pixar is infallible then?

    by detinue

    A perfect example of the kind of poor reasoning that leads to mainstream critics not only not attempting to honestly review Pixar films, but openly boasting in their reviews that Pixar films are unreviewable because no critic would ever dare criticize a Pixar film for fear of being ostracized.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Ice Age 2

    by Baryonyx

    Fox's second Ice Age film tackled the same "last two members of a species need to get it on" story-line: when Manny the mammoth feels obliged to link up with Ellie the nut-job mammoth because he thinks they're the last two of their kind left alive. But at the end of the film it's revealed that there are more of the mammoths living outside of the valley. Ahh, what an uplifting ending (so long as you don't think about the fact that they are all going to go extinct soon anyway.)

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Damn, I thought Pixar was making a Newt/Aliens film

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    That'd be interesting.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Ratatouille is superb.

    by Laserbrain

    As good as The Incredibles for all the same reasons, IMO. <p>To each his own I guess.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Anyone who says...

    by NeverTalksBack

    WallE was boring is retarded and has no heart, end of story

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by THAT__SAID

    To have your mind blown even more also check out Galaxy Quest and the last third of Wild Hogs... actually you're better off steering clear of Wild Hogs, forget I mentioned it.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    WALL-E and Al Gore

    by bah

    People say that, but I heard an evangelical Christian praising it for it's anti-big government message. Something for everyone.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Anti-big gov, anti-materialism, that is

    by bah

    And I used "it's" instead of "its". Fuck.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Make Maggot!(tm) instead.

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Wall-E and environmentalism

    by ME_M

    For Wall-E it was a job, not a calling. And he did it all for the girl, not to save the planet. So the environmentalism was secondary to the story. Like the director said, they were just looking for a way to get everyone off the planet, without it being too depressing for the kids. Kids can understand a room being messy enough to make it difficult to move around.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I'm a dude, but I'll say it...

    by fzammetti

    THAT LITTLE GUY IN THE THIRD SHOT IS FREAKING ADORABLE!! I'm in my 30's and am about as "manly" as they come, but I have no problem saying I'd have paid good money to go see that, kids in tow or not!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Pixar's NEWT

    by snappy

    The heartwarming story of a conservative commentator who proves "surprisingly" to be something of a hypocrite. <li> The story concern was that everyone saw the twist that he was evil right from the start of the film.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Cars wasnt dumb

    by Shaner Jedi

    but it was a little pedestrian and predictable.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by NeverTalksBack

    I agree Up started on a down note, but I think you missed the point a little. We all have our own perspectives and that's not what I took away from Up myself.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I avoided Cars like the plague

    by MandrakeRoot

    ...because I heard it was awful and I didn't want to tarnish Pixars perfect streak. However a few years back I caught it on TV and I was surprised to see it was actually pretty damn good. Then I realized, it's Pixar, so I wasn't surprised. It's not their best, but it's still a solid animated film. I'd say if it were a Dreamworks film it would probably be their best.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    I can't think of anyone who's handled 'dark' better than Pixar lately, save for a couple of live action pics, which would manage a tie.<br></br><br></br>Up was inspiring because the things he was holding onto (the physical things) were poisoning the good man he was. It is entirely possible to hold on so tight, that even good things can have negative effects, and in those circumstances life really is better not to forget, but to put things in their proper perspective. Carl still had memories of his wife, but they no longer ruled his mind or prevented him from engaging in the world like a healthy person does. It's not that everyone has to throw everything out in reality (you're taking the film's narrative way to literally regarding what applies to life), just to put things in perspective. That's the catharsis, regaining what it is that makes a good person good after he goes astray. At the end of the film, Carl's house and his physical mementos are in their proper place (a place removed from time, as I think the script describes it), and he's back in reality.<br></br><br></br>I would likely have felt let down or even insulted had they copped out and let him have his cake and eat it too. He couldn't have grown as a character without it. We do have people who have unhealthy attachments to memories - check out the show "Hoarders" on A&E sometime and question whether or not collected objects and memories are always better kept than discarded.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Exactly jerseycajun, well said

    by NeverTalksBack