For super-dog Bolt (John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions: a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino, Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.
Byron Howard; Chris Williams.
Dan Fogelman (screenplay); Chris Williams (screenplay).
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)); Chloe Moretz (Young Penny (voice)); Randy Savage (Thug (voice)); Ronn Moss (Dr. Forrester (voice)). Please contact SFC to add other cast members and characters.
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A Refreshing take on the Superhero Genre
Mark Banks (United Kingdom)
I have to admit that I had some caution in watching 'Bolt' as to whether or not I would like it - I'm not a massive fan of 'The Incredibles' and thought this might go down similar lines. However, as the film progressed I was pleasantly surprised as I found myself quite enjoying watching Bolt and his unexpected new-found friends on their cross-country journey. The tale blends many an ingredient from previous animated adventures: the unexpected camaraderie of different animals (a la 'The Jungle Book' perhaps), the self-revelation of someone who is not the hero they thought they were (a la Buzz Lightyear in 'Toy Story'), and even, yes, the superhero adventures, albeit in the guise of a Hollywood film (a la 'The Incredibles'). All of these are brought together with pleasing animated graphics and a good level of unforced humour throughout the screenplay. 'Bolt' is a film that most children will enjoy, and a film that most adults will take a good few smiles and laughs from as well.