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.


Dan Fogelman (screenplay by), Chris Williams (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Bolt (voice)
Miley Cyrus ... Penny (voice)
Susie Essman ... Mittens (voice)
Mark Walton ... Rhino (voice)
Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Calico (voice)
James Lipton ... The Director (voice)
Greg Germann ... The Agent (voice)
Diedrich Bader ... Veteran Cat (voice)
Nick Swardson ... Blake (voice)
J.P. Manoux ... Tom (voice)
Dan Fogelman ... Billy (voice)
Kari Wahlgren ... Mindy (voice)
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Young Penny (voice) (as Chloë Moretz)
Randy Savage ... Thug (voice)
Ronn Moss ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


When Rhino leaves the trailer park with Bolt and Mittens he says "larak tarath", which is the Mak'Tar chant of strength from the film Galaxy Quest (1999). See more »


At the time the film was made (and still today) all U-Haul trucks have Arizona license plates. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Latin American and European Spanish dubbing, the pigeons by Daniel Rabinovich, Marcos Mundstock, Jorge Maronna and Carlos Lopez Puccio, all members of the popular Argentinean comedy music group Les Luthiers. See more »


References Inspector Gadget (1983) See more »


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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
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Canis familiaris
26 November 2008 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

Story-wise, there's nothing remarkably new about "Bolt," Walt Disney Animation's latest feature to hit the screens, but considering its patchy recent filmography, it's certainly a step to the right direction for the animation studio, now headed by Pixar-meister John Lasseter. While it's far below the sophisticated narratives and well-drawn characters of Pixar classics such as "Toy Story," "The Incredibles" and this year's "Wall-E," "Bolt" nevertheless charms its way to the screen with its eager-to-please lead character and diverting visuals.

Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is the canine star of a TV show where he plays a superdog whose lifelong mission is to protect his "person", Penny (Miley Cyrus), from the evil forces around them. Problem is, as the creators of the show fervently believe that the show's success lies mainly in its realism, they have gone to great lengths to lead Bolt into believing everything is real and everything seems to be going well.

That is until a studio mishap has Bolt improbably shipped across the country from Hollywood to New York. With the help of Mittens (Susie Essman), an alley cat who strangely knows more about dog ways than Bolt himself, and Bolt-fanatic hamster Rhino (Mark Walton), he goes on a long cross-country tripping to find his way back to Penny.

Byron Howard and Chris Williams direct a calculated script by Williams and Dan Fogelman where nothing is terribly special, especially if you're not a dog-loving tween girl (I do love dogs, though), though it has enough sensitivity (that's Lasseter working) up its sleeve for some unashamedly touching moments. And with its cheery visuals, lively characters and a breezy pace, it also has enough going for the adults as well as the kids. It's safe harmless stuff.

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Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,223,128, 23 November 2008

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES



Aspect Ratio:

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