See More Stunning Concept Art for Pixar's Cancelled Project 'Newt'

January 3, 2013
Source: Katy Wu

Newt Concept Art

While we wait for Pixar to finish up a prequel to Monsters Inc and ready their next original project for 2014, titled The Good Dinosaur, we also still continue to mourn the loss of one of their "cancelled" projects - Newt. The film was originally scheduled for the summer of 2011 then was cancelled (in place of Cars 2) due to similarities to Rio. Essentially, it's about a blue-footed newt, a tiny little salamander, who finds the one remaining mate of his species. We first posted some beautiful concept art back in 2010, but an illustrator named Katy Wu has recently posted her set of concept art for the project and it's stunning. Gorgeous work.

The blog post by Katy Wu (found via The Pixar Times) states simply: "I started working at Pixar in 2009 on a feature film directed by Gary Rystrom and production designed by Bill Cone. The film was cancelled in the end but it was still a good experience." Here's some of her artwork for the film, which I am still awed by:

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Katy Wu - Pixar's Newt Concept Art

Originally, Pixar put this in development aiming for a summer of 2011 release, hence Wu's early 2009 work date for artwork. The story was supposed to follow the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet who are forced together by science to save the species, but they can't stand each other. For a while all we saw was that logo artwork with the guy peaking out around the "t", but now we get a much better look at the world, even a bit of the story and characters, and what they would go through. Sad we won't get to see this. My favorite pieces are: the smaller one where they're under spotted red leaves, and the waterfall shot.

For more from Katy Wu, visit her blog on blogspot. As we all know, there are certainly more than one artists working on any Pixar project at any given time, and she also points out more artwork by other talented Pixar artists on a Facebook page. If you're interested in seeing more, check that out as they've got more character sketches and test art from the cancelled project. Maybe one day they'll put this back in development? Even with similarities to Rio, I still would honestly love to see this, it seems touching and beautiful in a Pixar way.

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In the Pixar exhibition, my favourite part was the concept art.

Carpola on Jan 3, 2013


Wow that really is similar to Rio in plot. The art is beautiful, though.

Daniel Koelsch on Jan 3, 2013



Xerxexx on Jan 3, 2013


Really giving me A BUG'S LIFE vibes. Not a bad thing.

DAVIDPD on Jan 3, 2013


Pardon the language, but Im pretty sure you could take a steaming pile of shit and have Pixar do the story and artwork and it would still be a masterpiece.

Cody W on Jan 3, 2013


I would personally rather have this than Rio.

left-winged bandit on Jan 3, 2013


i couldn't agree more.

$6296288 on Jan 3, 2013


this is very nice art - i'd have loved to see how good this would have looked in a movie.

$6296288 on Jan 3, 2013


Part 'Finding Nemo', part 'A Bug's Life', part 'Avatar' for lizards. Damn you Rio, why couldn't you have been, like, a gerbil or something?!

Wafffles on Jan 3, 2013


Cancelled in place of Cars 2? What the fuck?

Gex on Jan 6, 2013

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