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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


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


$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?


Once the replacement animation team was in place, following a swap around in directors and the film's vision, the production had only 18 months to complete the film, instead of the usual four years that a computer animated film takes to produce. See more »


(at around 38 mins) In the Uhaul truck, just before Mittens is about to hit Bolt with a baseball bat that she found in the truck, she falls backwards, dislodging a box. This box falls on Bolt and is filled with Styrofoam, and apparently nothing else. 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 »


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15 November 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I was really not expecting much, was looking to one of those generic "newgen" 3D animations but, oh, I was so wrong. I can easily say Bolt is pretty much at par with Wall-E, the 2 21th century animations that conquered my heart.

Few times I laughed, few times I had watery eyes, and it's impossible not to adore the characters and be at the edge of the seat as you follow the story. Also really loved the "authentic" finale with Penny and Bolt.

The Real D (my first ever 3D glasses movie too) was the cherry on the cake with the astonishing graphics.

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