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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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A hero is unleashed 2008. See more »


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

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Official Sites:

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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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1.85 : 1
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Billy Crystal were considered for the role of Rhino. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning scene, where Penny and Bolt are acting out the chase scene on the playback monitor, the producers are enraged over a boom mic showing up in the shot. Yet seconds earlier during the actual scene, you don't see the boom mic in the upper right corner. This is not a goof, as the playback monitor may show areas near the edges of the picture that would be cropped in the actual broadcast. 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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In Russia the movie is called "Volt", because "Bolt" is Russian slang for penis. See more »

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Roses Are Red
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Pixa- I mean Disney at its finest
5 June 2016 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

Lets face it, the early 00s were not kind on Disney. The Renaissance was over, their loyal target audience was in college and thus not interested, Pixar was doing the whole CGI thing way better than them and all in all they seemed to have lost their touch. Until this film. Oh sure, it's still very much like something Pixar would have done and a bit missing on that Disney magic, but it's still a very good film that allowed them to get back on their feet.

And when I say it's something Pixar would have done, I mean that in a good way. Kind of. The plot features a dog, raised to believe he has genuine superpowers, suddenly being separated from his loyal owner Penny and now having to make his way back across USA to reunite with her. All the while having to learn that the world does not in fact play by his rules. Sounds like a Pixar movie, doesn't it. But then again, Pixar is a great film studio so that's not exactly an insult.

And the story and the characters are very good in their own right. Bolt, the eponymous main character, is very gruff and no-nonsense, but also delightfully naïve about the realities of the world, while Mittens, his new cat sidekick/helper/kidnap victim is pretty much the exact opposite. And then there is Rhino, a hamster trapped in a plastic ball and also one of Bolt's biggest fans. Rhino is awesome.

And yeah, it's kind of silly that I keep complaining about the fact that it's so much a Pixar film. It does make it seem a bit artificial in a way, because you know that they're copying much of their good material. But it's a good film, when all is said and done. Do see it, if you have the chance, is what I'm saying.


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