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.

Gervais and Pepe Converse on Set of Muppets Sequel

It must be so much fun to work on a Muppets movie. Just watch this behind the scenes video of Ricky Gervais and Pepe the King Prawn on the set of The Muppets… Again! Disney’s sequel to 2011′s The Muppets … Continue reading

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With Lucasfilm Acquisition, Disney Moves Closer to Angry Birds Creators [Update]

An interesting side effect of The Walt Disney Company’s $4.05 billion buyout of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm empire, announced on Tuesday, is that the deal brings Disney closer to Rovio Entertainment, creators of the massively popular Angry Birds franchise. In one of its last … Continue reading

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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’. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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