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.
  • Review: War Horse is Traditional, Sentimental
    Review: War Horse is Traditional, Sentimental

    “I, Albert Narracott, do solemnly swear that we shall be together again.” War Horse easily ranks as one of my most anticipated films this year. Since reading the book by Michael Morpurgo back in February, I looked forward to seeing Steven Spielberg’s big screen treatment of the WWI-era story. Performances…

  • ‘Muppets’ Deserves Best Picture Nomination
    ‘Muppets’ Deserves Best Picture Nomination

    The Muppets is currently the best reviewed wide-release film of 2011 and with good reason: it’s a comic and musical tour de force. (John and I will agree to disagree.) At 98% “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with 132 reviews counted, three unfavourable—“Rotten”—reviews are all stand between it and a perfect 100% score. After seeing The…

  • The Muppets is One of Year’s Best
    The Muppets is One of Year’s Best

    At one point in the writing process, I considered putting this review to song—that’s how much I enjoyed The Muppets, opening in theatres Wednesday. It’s the best comedy of the year. Jason Segal and co. have done for the Muppets what J.J. Abrams did for Star Trek: revitalize a massively popular…

  • ‘Muppets’ Soundtrack Album Available Today
    ‘Muppets’ Soundtrack Album Available Today

    Update: Amazon has a sale on MP3 ($4.99) or CD ($6.99). Thank you to many readers for pointing this out. The Muppets original soundtrack finally went on sale today from Walt Disney Records. It’s available on CD and iTunes for only $9.99. Get it and I guarantee you’ll be listening to…

  • Oscar, It’s Time to Meet the Muppets
    Oscar, It’s Time to Meet the Muppets

    The Oscars are in freaking disarray this year. Producer Bret Ratner and host Eddie Murphy are both out with less than four months to go till the show. But with crisis comes opportunity. It’s time to bring in the Muppets! I’m not even a huge fan (the last time I watched a…

  • Who Will Replace Jobs on Disney Board?
    Who Will Replace Jobs on Disney Board?

    It’s a question that regrettably must be asked. For five years prior to his death, Steve Jobs served as Pixar’s voice on the Walt Disney Company board of directors and provided valuable insight (must read) in other areas as well. Who succeeds him will have significant implications for both Disney…

  • Thoughts on The Lion King in 3D
    Thoughts on The Lion King in 3D

    Ahead of its Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D debut on October 4, The Lion King will once again roar into theaters beginning tomorrow for a two-week run in digital 3D. A few weeks ago I caught a screening and came away with decidedly mixed feelings. Some scenes are, as you can imagine, a thrill…

  • Winnie the Pooh Perfect for Audiences Young and Old
    Winnie the Pooh Perfect for Audiences Young and Old

    Winnie the Pooh, Disney’s latest excursion in the Hundred Acre Wood opens in North American theatres tomorrow, after a modest run overseas earlier this year. Based on the characters created by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard, Pooh is a straight up animated film for children that refreshingly doesn’t…

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