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The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bolt (voice)
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Penny (voice)
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Mittens (voice)
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Rhino (voice)
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Dr. Calico (voice)
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The Director (voice)
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The Agent (voice)
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Veteran Cat (voice)
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Blake (voice)
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Tom (voice)
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Billy (voice)
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Mindy (voice)
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Young Penny (voice) (as Chloë Moretz)
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Thug (voice)
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Dr. Forrester (voice)
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Storyline

Bolt, an American white shepherd, has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, where he believes he has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident, he meets a female alley cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino. He's trying to find the way home, to the studio. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not real. Written by jcsmarchesi

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Rated PG for some mild action and peril | See all certifications »

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21 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Dog  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,223,128, 23 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$114,053,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,979,994
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Another sequence storyboarded but not animated was another variation of Bolt realizing that his super-powers are not real, this time, through dramatic failure: Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino were traveling along a bridge over a river. Rhino accidentally falls off the bridge, and to Mittens' terror, Bolt, still believing himself to have super-powers, jumps in to save him. The rescue doesn't quite go as Bolt expected, and he almost drowns, but still tries hard to save Rhino. When Mittens helps a shaken Bolt back to shore, they find Rhino's hamster ball, believing him to be dead, until they see a wet, awestruck Rhino, who thanks Bolt for saving him. But Bolt realizes that he didn't really save Rhino, and feels the lightning bolt shape on his side, which smeared from the water. The scene was nixed, because, once again, it didn't fit into the story structurally, and it was felt that something more poignant had to be done with this scene, which is what was done in the final film. See more »

Goofs

The container train is obviously moving at speed on a main track, but lacks a rear-end marker/telemetry device required of all trains authorized for mainline movement. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Penny: [points to puppy Bolt, decisively] That one.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a hamster running in a hamster wheel comes up with the words. When he stops running, the words stop moving. Another hamster enters in from the left to take his place. After a high-five, they switch. The first hamster walks off, the second starts running, and the credits resume rolling. See more »

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Soundtracks

Dog-Face Boy
Written by Würzel (as Michael Burston), Phil Campbell (as Philip Campbell), Mikkey Dee (as Micael Delaogou), and Lemmy (as Ian Kilmister)
Performed by Motörhead
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and courtesy of SPV America
By Arrangement with Singerman Entertainment
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So delightfully entertaining!
13 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a dog that believes his friend is in grave danger. What he does not know is that he is the star of a reality TV show.

Who would have thought "Bolt" would be so thrilling and entertaining! The opening action sequence is rushed with adrenaline, it excites me even though it is an animation! The plot is intelligent, interesting and fun, the great thing is that it entertains without the need of any toilet or gross out humour. The super-bark and laser eye scenes are so hilarious, in a cute and mesmerising way. In addition, the transition of Bolt from being a super dog to realising he he has no powers is very well presented, that it makes me feel sad for Bolt. The animation is flawless, and all the characters in the animation are super cute. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of "Bolt", I think it makes perfect family entertainment.


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