Mike Bastoli

Mike Bastoli has been blogging at The Disney Blog since 2009. Until 2011, he covered Pixar Animation Studios on his own website, The Pixar Blog, which became one of the most popular on the Web dedicated to Pixar news, the New York Times calling it the “definitive unofficial chronicler of the animation powerhouse". In 2011, Mike expanded his coverage to the entire world of feature animation, renaming his site Big Screen Animation. He retired Big Screen Animation in 2014 and is considering future writing opportunities. Besides Disney, Mike is an avid fan of Apple and The Beatles. He resides near Toronto.
  • Muppets Most Wanted Teaser Trailer
    Muppets Most Wanted Teaser Trailer

    Disney has unleashed the first teaser trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, the recently-renamed sequel to 2011’s The Muppets, opening in theatres March 21, 2014. As much as I loved the The Muppets, I think this trailer could have been better. But then again, it’s still early in the publicity game, and…

  • ‘Blackfish’ an Eye-Opening Look at Orca Captivity
    ‘Blackfish’ an Eye-Opening Look at Orca Captivity

    Editor’s Note: I have not been presented the opportunity to view Blackfish and urge you to consider both sides of the argument before drawing any conclusions. A good place to start is this NY Times article on SeaWorld Park’s and Entertainment‘s response to the movie and what it sees as…

  • First Look: Tom Hanks in Character as Walt
    First Look: Tom Hanks in Character as Walt

    Disney released this first still from Saving Mr. Banks earlier today, showing Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. The pair appear to be at Disneyland. The film, which opens in select theatres on December 13, follows Walt’s struggle to obtain the film rights…

  • Disney Reveals Updated Movie Release Schedule
    Disney Reveals Updated Movie Release Schedule

    The Walt Disney Studios just revealed their updated theatrical release schedule. Included in the announcement (reproduced below) are a name change for the upcoming Muppets film, formerly titled The Muppets… Again!, and the first official mention of a sequel to DisneyToon Studios’ Cars spinoff, Planes. SAVING MR. BANKS (Disney) Now opens 12/13/13 limited….

  • Disney is Working on a Muppets Musical
    Disney is Working on a Muppets Musical

    Variety reports that Disney Theatrical has begun work on a live Broadway musical starring The Muppets. A 15-minute “elaborate presentation” already took place May 31 in near-secrecy at the New Amsterdam Theater—a “test of concept”, according to division president Thomas Schumacher. “The brief showcase… incorporated a handful of sets and…

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