Newt, the Pixar film that wasn’t.

Pixar recently cancelled production on one of their upcoming projects, a romantic comedy titled Newt.

The film was set to mark the directorial debut of Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (he also helmed the short film Lifted which played before Ratatouille).

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

“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.”

Although the reasons for the projects abandonment are not known (perhaps they were struggling with the story; perhaps the film seemed too similar to rival project Alpha and Omega; perhaps more resources were needed on Monsters, Inc. 2), Pixar have shared some of the film’s artwork on their official Facebook page.

Take a look at the film that could have been below:

Check out the rest of the album here.

Discuss: R.I.P. Newt.

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