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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

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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Fully Awesome. Ridonculous. Let It Begin. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Dog  »

Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,223,128 (USA) (21 November 2008)

Gross:

$114,053,579 (USA) (20 February 2009)
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Trivia

Look and lighting director Adolph Lusinsky and his team traveled to several of the film's "real-life locations" such as an Ohio trailer park, the San Francisco docks, New York streets and the desert surrounding Las Vegas to study how the light in those places interacted with the scenery. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Penny is getting ready for the TV show episode. You can clearly see that the cables behind her are taut. In the very next shot, the cables have slack in them and they are being pulled taut. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Big Hero 6 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Barking At The Moon
Written and Performed by Jenny Lewis
Produced by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings with Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice
Recorded and Mixed by Jason Lader
Jenny Lewis appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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It was a BOLT of entertainment
16 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was enjoyable all around. I saw a special screening last tuesday and it was great. I found that kids felt they were intwined with in the movie. It made you feel like you were right there helping out Bolt and his friends. The character traits and development were well done. From the pigeons of New York to the pigeons in California every character had their own special personality. The graphics were superb and it made you feel as if the movie was real. John Travolta does the voice of Bolt. I wasn't sure if at first he was a good choice, but he made Bolt his own. Miley Cyrus was really good as the voice of Penny. She did well and her timing was great, but the real character that made this movie was Rhino the Hamster. He steals every scene and you and your kids will be quoting his lines for weeks to come. I saw take your kids to see this and don't worry it is great for adults too.


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