Mike Bastoli

Mike Bastoli considers himself a lifelong Disney fan and total nerd. He first joined The Disney Blog as a guest writer in 2009. From 2007 to 2011, he covered Pixar Animation Studios on his website The Pixar Blog, which quickly became one of the most popular on the Web dedicated to news about the studio. (The New York Times named it the “definitive unofficial chronicler of the animation powerhouse".) In 2011, Mike renamed his site Big Screen Animation and expanded his coverage to capture the broader world of animated feature films. He retired Big Screen Animation in 2014 to focus on his brick-and-mortar family business and other pursuits. Mike resides near Toronto with his wife, Janice.

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The Countdown is on for Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’

Earlier this month, Disney hosted an online media preview of Pixar’s upcoming 26th feature, Lightyear. Coming on the heels of last month’s coming-of-age masterpiece Turning Red, which regrettably didn’t receive a wide theatrical release, Lightyear is Pixar’s long overdue return to the big screen. Having… Read More »The Countdown is on for Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’

Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ Comes Home for Canadian Premiere in Toronto

After having its world premiere March 2 at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Pixar’s 25th feature film, Turning Red, brought its star power to Toronto on Tuesday night for what can only be described as an epic homecoming. Taking over the five-storey TIFF Bell Lightbox… Read More »Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ Comes Home for Canadian Premiere in Toronto

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Review: Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ is the Movie to Watch This Weekend

Pay no attention to talk of a ‘target audience’ for Turning Red, landing March 11 on Disney+. Although it’s a confidently Asian, female-driven story—and a special treat for Millennials—Pixar’s latest feature has universal appeal as an allegory of the hormonal insanity of puberty. Director and… Read More »Review: Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ is the Movie to Watch This Weekend

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Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ Going Direct to Disney+

Disney announced today that Pixar’s upcoming feature Turning Red will skip theatres and be released straight to Disney+ on March 11. The film will be made available to all subscribers at no additional charge. This is Pixar’s third feature to be released straight to Disney+,… Read More »Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ Going Direct to Disney+

Pixar is Keeping it Real with ‘Turning Red’

Pixar’s Turning Red promises to be a fresh addition to the most relatable of genres: the coming-of-age story. Directed by storyboard artist Domee Shi, the movie follows 13-year-old student Meilin Lee. Mei as it happens, ‘poofs’ into an enormous red panda whenever she gets too… Read More »Pixar is Keeping it Real with ‘Turning Red’

Why Disney Should Bring D23 Expo to East Coast

Three years ago I wrote a piece on why Disney should build a third theme park in North America—in Toronto to be specific. Alas, that hasn’t transpired—and I’m not exactly holding my breath—although it’s great to see Disney expanding the existing parks with exciting new… Read More »Why Disney Should Bring D23 Expo to East Coast

Inside Out is… Smart. Original. Beautiful. Emotional. Classic.

I don’t have a lot to say about “Inside Out”, Pixar’s fifteenth feature film, which opened today in theatres after what proved to be a long wait for fans of the studio. (Pixar’s last film, “Monsters University”, opened two years ago this week.) Or, rather,… Read More »Inside Out is… Smart. Original. Beautiful. Emotional. Classic.

Book Review: Art of Pixar’s Inside Out

Just when I was thinking that this Monday would be as ordinary as the last, I received a copy of The Art of Inside Out, the latest entry in Pixar’s essential “Art of” series, available now from Chronicle Books ahead of the movie’s June 19… Read More »Book Review: Art of Pixar’s Inside Out