If you, like me, closely follow any and all news on Pixar's upcoming projects, including Newt, an original project centered on romantically mismatched newts, the last of their kind. Newt was originally set as the debut feature-length debut for sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Pixar short Lifted). Pixar announced Newt two years ago with a planned 2012 release date, but pushed another Pixar project, The Bear and the Bow (retitled as Brave), ahead of Newt. Pixar didn't include Newt as part of its slate of upcoming projects this past April. A month later, an unnamed source told Entertainment Weekly that, "We have taken Newt off of our development schedule to allow our creative teams to focus on ... upcoming projects."

Official confirmation finally arrived this weekend, with concept art appearing on Disney/Pixar's Facebook page.

Here's the plot synopsis (via Slashfilm):

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.

Join us after the jump for more concept art from Newt.

Head on over to Disney/Pixar's Facebook page to check out the other images (30 in all).

Given what you've read and seen, are you disappointed Newt was canceled? Or do you think the premise wasn't strong enough to sustain a feature-length animated film (as Lasseter and others apparently did)? I was (and am) agnostic on the premise, but I was (and am) willing to give Disney/Pixar the benefit of the doubt based on their fifteen-year track record, but if I had to choose between sequels to Disney/Pixar's popular films and original material, my vote almost every time will go to the latter.