Bolt

Bolt

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Director: Byron Howard, Chris Williams

Cast: Byron Howard, Chris Williams, John Travolta, Miley Cyrus

     
 

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Bolt, the tale of a superstar TV pup (voiced by John Travolta) who gets plopped in the middle of America with seemingly no way back to the glam and glitz of Hollywood. Thanks to his starring role on a hit television show, Bolt the pooch has become a household name. But Bolt has bought into

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Bolt, the tale of a superstar TV pup (voiced by John Travolta) who gets plopped in the middle of America with seemingly no way back to the glam and glitz of Hollywood. Thanks to his starring role on a hit television show, Bolt the pooch has become a household name. But Bolt has bought into his own heroic image, now believing that he really possesses the super-canine powers of his fictional television series. When he's accidentally shipped from Hollywood to New York City, he must rely on the help from his two newfound friends -- an abandoned house cat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman) and a television-addicted hamster named Rhino (voice of Mark Walton) -- as he embarks on a cross-country quest to get back to his owner (and co-star), Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Sometimes a story is so beautifully simple that it's impossible to muck it up, and the animated 3-D Bolt is a perfect example. The premise: A cute little dog named Bolt (John Travolta) and his loving tween-girl owner, Penny (Disney It Girl Miley Cyrus), are the stars of a hit action TV show about a small white German shepherd with superpowers. The producers of the show believe the program's success stems from Bolt's realistic "acting," so to that end, they never let the canine star in on the fact that he's on a TV show, hiding all the cameras and crew so that Bolt grows up thinking he really does have heat vision, a super bark, and the ability to stop trucks with his head. One day, thanks to a series of misunderstandings and misfortunes, Bolt accidentally gets mailed to New York City, sending him on an adventure-filled cross-country journey back to Penny in Hollywood. During his trek, Bolt learns the truth about himself, and makes new friends in the form of a streetwise alley cat and an overly enthusiastic hamster. The opening of the movie brilliantly establishes the TV show's fictional world -- the one Bolt thinks is real -- with a superb ten-minute action sequence straight out of a family-friendly Jerry Bruckheimer movie. Bolt, with his super speed, and Penny, atop her tricked-out scooter, evade helicopters, motorcyclists, and a ticking time bomb, all while speeding along a busy California freeway. There is a kinetic pop to the whole scene, especially when the occasional slow-mo shot lets you see exactly how much time is left before the bomb explodes. This opening does such a good job of setting the fun and snappy tone for the rest of the movie (not to mention taking thrillingly full advantage of the 3-D format) that the generic family-movie elements that come later on don't feel so tedious to grownups or boring to kids. And as the story unfolds, Bolt's slow acceptance that he doesn't have special powers provides twists on the old finding-your-way-back-home plot, so the movie amuses both those who make up the film's target audience and the parents along for the ride. This winning mix of exciting action, heart-tugging sentiment, and gentle character comedy makes Bolt yet another solid addition to Disney's history of family-friendly fare.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
UPC:
0786936774825
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
74,498

Special Features

New exclusive animated short film Super Rhino; Music & more: In session with John Travolta and Miley Cyrus - behind-the-scenes feature; Music video "I Thought I Lost You" performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta; Backstage Disney a new breed of director - a look at the movie from conception to completion; Deleted scenes - with optional introductions by the directors; Act, Speak! the voices of Bolt - join the voice cast in session; Creating the world of Bolt - discover how the filmmakers designer the look of the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Bolt
Miley Cyrus Penny
Susie Essman Mittens
Mark Walton Rhino
Malcolm McDowell Dr. Calico
James Lipton The Director
Greg Germann The Agent
Diedrich Bader Veteran Cat
Chris Williams Oaken
Nick Swardson Blake
J.P. Manoux Tom
Dan Fogelman Billy
Kari Wahlgren Mindy
Chloe Moretz Young Penny
Randy Savage Thug
Ronn Moss Dr. Forrester
Grey DeLisle Penny's Mom
Sean Donnellan Penny's TV Dad
Lino Disalvo Vinnie
Todd Cummings Joey
Tim Mertens Bobby
Kellie Hoover Ester
Brian Stepanek Martin
Jeff Bennett Lloyd
Daran Norris Louie
John DiMaggio Saul

Technical Credits
Byron Howard Director
Chris Williams Director,Screenwriter
Paul Felix Art Director
Dan Fogelman Screenwriter
Nathan Greno Original Story
Jason Hintz-Ilopis Production Manager
Curtis A. Koller Casting
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Tom MacDougall Musical Direction/Supervision
Dale Mayeda Special Effects Supervisor
Tim Mertens Editor
John Powell Score Composer
Clark Spencer Producer
Jeffrey Steele Songwriter
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Makul Wigert Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bolt
1. The Beginning [2:20]
2. 5 Years Later [7:15]
3. Boom Mic [7:45]
4. Protecting Penny [4:00]
5. Cliffhanger [5:59]
6. The Package Has Arrived [5:36]
7. "I Know This Dog" [2:07]
8. Meet Mittens [6:00]
9. Road Trip [6:11]
10. Rhino! [6:35]
11. The Big Breakout [4:20]
12. How to Be a Dog [2:54]
13. "One Waffle Away?" [3:18]
14. Writing Partners [5:04]
15. Fire! [2:33]
16. End Credits [7:45]

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Bolt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
The premise is great. Bolt plays a dog with super powers so long that he really believes he is the character. Lots of drama and fun with buddies in tow.
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EGN More than 1 year ago
This movie is so well done and entertaining it is easy to overlook that it is one of the deeper movies, philosophically, ever made. The central theme is deception -- and the effect that that can have on the indivdual. This is how propaganda works. This relates to the behavior of the peoples of Germany and Japan during World War II; your behavior is governed by what you believe to be true. It would be easy to do a Masters thesis on this movie, which shows ever greater depth and detail with each viewing -- IF you look for it. Walt Disney himself would have loved and been very proud of this movie, and the animation is the best I have ever seen. My wife and I have been buying the movie in quantity lately and giving copies to friends. Most had never heard of it. They all love it. Disney should consider a rerelease at a time when it would not be coming out directly opposite a Pixar feature -- this one was released at about the same time as "Wall-E". Interestingly, Bolt himself was modeled (very accurately) on the American white German Shepherd, as anyone who knows German Shepherds will probably figure out for themselves! -- Eric Norberg, Portland, Oregon
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LoveThyMovies More than 1 year ago
A dog, BOLT, who is the star of a TV show where he has superpowers, doesn¿t know it¿s all make believe.

When Bolt is separated from his owner and shipped to New York, he slowly starts to realize that his powers are a fantasy, thinking that the powers of Styrofoam are responsible.

It must be hard to make a story like this work, while satisfying our logic. But the filmmakers allow us to put logic aside and enjoy.

Writer-directors, Chris Williams and Byron Howard deliver an entertaining movie.

Voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus give it much energy.
wwe247 More than 1 year ago
good movie great plot and hbk is gonna win
animallover234 More than 1 year ago
Bolt is a very good family movie. it tells about a movie dog that tries to find his owner which he thinks got kidnapped by a green eyed man. But really it was just in a movie. On his journey to find his owner bolt meets friends. A cat and a hamster. Together Bolt and his friends go on a journey to find bolts owner. Unaware that his owner has begun a journey herself to find Bolt. A good movie that the family will want to watch again and again.
PKGeri More than 1 year ago
Great animation and very entertaining. Loved it.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Bolt was great, and endearing. The storyline was entertaining, plenty of action and adventure. The supporting cast of "characters" was funny, the pigeons were a riot. If you're looking for family fun for movie night get this one. John T. did well as Bolt. Grab your movie snacks and your family and enjoy neat animation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He had to watch it almost every night for a long time. He still asks for it a lot. I usually get into it as he watches it too.
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