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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

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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


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Not the first Disney animated picture with a lead character named Penny. The lead human character in The Rescuers (1977) was also named Penny. See more »


(at around 1h) At a shelter, a tank of helium explodes. While helium itself is not flammable, the helium tank is filled with a compressed gas. When the valve gets knocked off the helium tank, the compressed gas rapidly escapes and turns the tank into a missile. The tank flies uncontrolled out of the building, and hits a sign post, knocking it down. The sign post falls onto a truck carrying a larger tank (presumably a fuel tank), which can be seen correctly labeled with a flammable liquid placard. 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 Cujo (1983) See more »


Barking At The Moon
Written and Performed by Jenny Lewis
Produced by Gillian Welch and 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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Disney finally puts out a winner!
15 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Over the past few years Disney track record in new movies has been questionable. With the exception of Meet the Robinsons (which I quite liked), Disney has done nothing but pump out rehashed ideas in the form of inane sequels to classics loved by my generation or weak under developed characters. Well not this time. I managed to see an advanced screening of this tonight with my daughter and it had both of us highly entertained. Bolt the "super" dog was full of funny and emotional characters the likes of which Disney has not produced in a while. And for once the comic relief characters, of which there are many, did their jobs and pulled even the slowest of moments out of the trash and send you rolling in the aisles. Rhino the hamster was my personal favorite. After seeing this movie all my daughter could say was how awesome it was and ask if we could see it again. I had to remind her that it actually does not come out until next week. Well to sum it up I would recommend to children young and old and while I have not seen it yet in 3D I plan too because it was easy to see that 3D is going to make the movie even more exciting.

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