Author Archives: Mike Bastoli

About 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.

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Muppets, Musicals | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Trailer Debut for SeaWorld Exposé ‘Blackfish’

Editors Note: Mike has asked for permission to share this here. I’m allowing it because everyone needs to make up their own mind about SeaWorld’s role in animal care and conservation and more data is almost always better than less … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Florida Attractions, seaworld | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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. … Continue reading

Posted in Film, marvel, Movies | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Disney No. 9 on Fortune’s List of Earth’s Most Admired Companies

The Walt Disney Company has once again made Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, coming in at No. 9 out of 50 and No. 1 in entertainment for the umpteenth year. (Apple again ranked first overall.) This is … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate | Tagged , | Comments Off