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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:
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)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Dog See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$114,053,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,979,994
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The storyline of the Bolt TV show is reminiscent of the Nickelodeon show Inspector Gadget (1983): The villain is named Dr. Claw, who also has a pet cat; Inspector Gadget's niece (who is one of the main characters and fights Dr. Claw) is named Penny, and she has a hyper-intelligent dog named "Brain". See more »

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(at around 25 mins) When Bolt is in New York City, we can see a pedestrian "WALK/DON'T WALK" sign. In New York City, those signs show a white walking character (walk) and a red hand (don't walk). See more »

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[first lines]
Young Penny: [points to puppy Bolt, decisively] That one.
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PRODUCTION BABIES: Kora, Harper, McKenna, Benjamin, Delaney, Emmett, Sarah, Anya, Sofia, Cleo, Alena, Braedyn, Clara, Elijah, Ellie, Ari, Aidan, Erin, Geoffrey, Avery, Shingo, Bridgette, Megan, Anik, Enzo, Melissa, Kate, Adelaide, Eden, Khiley, Sadie, Helena, Alena, Mackenzie, Riley, Leo, Melissa, Will, Aisling, Xander, Paris, Tristan, Siddharth, Sophia, Ria, Sadie, Megan, Lucas, Holly, Victoria, Keane, Eili, Joseph, Morgan, Teagan, Annie, Luke. See more »

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Some of the most fun you'll have at the movies this year
8 January 2009 | by Simon_Says_MoviesSee all my reviews

Standing out in the crowd is not always the easiest thing to accomplish for an animated film, but above what you may expect, against WALL∙E's heart, and Kung Fu Panda's slapstick hilarity, Disney's Bolt jumps forward as simply the most fun.

What makes Bolt noteworthy as well as a success on its own terms is its ability to take an age-old message about being true to oneself and finding your inner hero, and mesh it with a unique storyline that ends up spawning what, at first glance at least, seems wholly unique. Coupled with the expectedly bright crisp animation and stellar voice work, makes Bolt better yet, and a sure contender for best animated film at this years Oscars. Bolt also reclaims the original song work of Disney past, conceived between its also star and teen sensation Miley Cirus and Jenny Lewis and both compilations are memorable and sweet. Bolt never dives for the heartstrings, but scores its emotional points through well developed characters and thoughtful situations.

Bolt opens with a very entertaining action sequence in which Bolt (voiced to surprising effect by John Travolta) and his master Penny (Miley Cirus) are chased by well equipped super villains which plays out in the vein of The Incredibles. The genetically altered canine can leap helicopters in a single bound, melt evil with laser eyes and destroy villains at a whim with his super-bark. It is soon revealed that the action speckled lives of Penny and Bolt is in fact a hit television show, which requires Bolt to be kept in the dark about the nature of his existence; in brief, he actually believes he has super powers. But after a cliff-hanger ending of an episode in which Penny is taken, prompts Bolt to escape, determined to reclaim his friend and master. Embarking for the first time into the real world he haphazardly enlist the help of a very reluctant cat (Susie Essman) and a fan-boy err...fan- hamster named Rhino (Mark Walton) and along the way learns, and earns, the true stripes of a hero and that of friendship.

If everything I mentioned above was not enough to make you see this film, I can also reveal that Bolt is an at times hilarious send-up of the movie industry and genre clichés. Propelled by the hilarious supporting voice work including Malcolm McDowell, Dietrich Bader and James Lipton the blend of comedy, drama, and flat out entertainment value is unmatched. Also worth an enthusiastic mention are the pigeons that show up throughout the course of Bolt's adventure. Not only (as with all) is the voicing perfect but the physical humour implored is gut-busting, with the feathery fools twitching their heads in a pigeon- esquire way during their meetings with Bolt to glorious results.

If you have a chance, you obviously should see this film in 3-D, however it is still well worth your money viewed in a traditional medium. Bolt is a reminder of why Disney was such an animation juggernaut and it is pleasant to see them recapturing some of their past glory. And just in case you want it mentioned bluntly, yes there are many jokes that older patrons will more then enjoy. It is always refreshing to see an old formula revamped so effectively and certainly always welcome to see a movie that can put a smile on faces of all ages.

8.5 / 10.0

View all my reviews at Simon Says Movie Reviews: www.simonsaysmovies.blogspot.com


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