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.
  • Will Iron Man 3 Beat Avengers Opening Weekend?
    Will Iron Man 3 Beat Avengers Opening Weekend?

    The Walt Disney Studios is in for a huge box office weekend with Marvel’s Iron Man 3 opening in upwards of 4000 theatres across the United States and Canada tonight and tomorrow. The film has already brought in $242.1 million internationally. It opened last weekend in over thirty countries, where it earned…

  • Disneynature ‘Bears’ in Production for 2014
    Disneynature ‘Bears’ in Production for 2014

    The Walt Disney Studios has announced production on Bears, the latest documentary from Disneynature, slated for release in Spring 2014 (likely around Earth Day). Bears will follow the “day-to-day lives” of the brown ursines who call ‘Alaska’s coastal mountains and shores home’. The film is currently shooting in the state’s Katmai National…

  • Why Disney Should Build Its Next Park in Toronto
    Why Disney Should Build Its Next Park in Toronto

    For decades it’s been accepted wisdom that North America can only support two Disney theme park resorts—Disneyland and Walt Disney World— one on each side of the continent. I say it’s time for Disney to build a third, and there’s only one place to do it: Toronto. Considering my whereabouts,…

  • Disneynature Chimpanzee Blu-ray Review
    Disneynature Chimpanzee Blu-ray Review

    Disneynature’s best documentary yet, Chimpanzee, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD one week from today, on August 21. As much as I appreciated it on the big screen, the Blu-ray has only added to the experience. Not only is the HD presentation of the film as flawless as expected, but the extras…

  • First Look at Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln’
    First Look at Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln’

    The Walt Disney Studios released this incredible first still of Daniel Day-Lewis in character as president Abraham Lincoln, from Steven Spielberg’s upcoming biopic Lincoln. Like Spielberg’s War Horse, Lincoln is a DreamWorks Studios production and will be distributed in North America by Disney through the Touchtone Pictures banner. The film, which…

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