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Bolt (2008)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  21 November 2008 (USA)
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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:
Bolt (voice)
Penny (voice)
Mittens (voice)
Rhino (voice)
Dr. Calico (voice)
The Director (voice)
The Agent (voice)
Veteran Cat (voice)
Blake (voice)
Tom (voice)
Billy (voice)
Mindy (voice)
Young Penny (voice) (as Chloë Moretz)
Thug (voice)
Dr. Forrester (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A hero is unleashed 2008. 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


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£17,745,776 (UK) (3 April 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bolt is an American White Shepherd. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, Calico is sitting with a cat on his right shoulder. Their reflection is shown in the glasses of a man directly opposite. The reflection shows Calico and the cat in the same position instead of being reversed, as a reflection would be. See more »


[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 »


References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »


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Written by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele
Performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta
Produced by Scott Cutler and Anne Preven
Mixed by Trina Shoemaker
Miley Cyrus appears courtesy of Hollywood Records
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User Reviews

So delightfully entertaining!
13 January 2009 | by (Earth) – 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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