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Bolt

A movie directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams

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Absolutely redonkulous!

  • Jan 30, 2009
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Mittens: [to Bolt] The real world hurts, doesn't it?

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Bolt (John Travolta) is a pup with super strength, laser vision, and all the other good stuff that comes with the portfolio of "superhero"
2. That is, once he's on the movie set of his hit series
3. He's never been off the movie set
4. He's totally devoted to his owner Penny (the ubiquitous Miley Cyrus)
5. Unforeseen script changes force him to perform a rescue, this time in the real world.
6. One word - Kryptonite
7. He captures a savvy alley cat named Mittens (Susie Essman) and commands her to take him to her leader.
8. Hilarious adventures continue, thanks to some wacky pigeons and a scene stealing hamster named Rhino (Mark Walton)


This largely unappreciated, overlooked gem of a movie from Disney is perfect for kids and animal lovers everywhere.


Vinnie (a pigeon): You gotta gimme something here, cause this is redonkulous.
Bobby (another pigeon): Absolutely redonkulous!

Rated: 4.5 stars


Amanda Richards

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January 30, 2009
I saw previews for this film and thought it look cute and entertaining. Thanks for the rec. As a huge animal lover I have a feeling I'd really like it.
 
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review by . October 22, 2009
Within the past few years, Disney movies that don't have Pixar attached typically tend to be forgettable.  Meet the Robinsons was funny but so random and jumbled that telling anyone just what the movie was about was a pain.  So when Bolt came out without Pixar to it (and having to follow the absurdly over the top Meet the Robinsons) it was easy to be a little skeptical.  Without Pixar (or Johnny Depp) it doesn't seem that Disney does so great on their own.  Yet for what it's …
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
Fun for the whole family
review by . April 16, 2009
Welcome back Disney. Far too long have you been in Pixar's shadows. The last big hit you had was with "Lilo & Stitch," a movie that stood out in a sea of duds and lessor attempts, and that was back in 2002. That movie was based off an idea by Chris Sanders, a longtime animator who hit box office gold. Now, after "Home on the Range," "Chicken Little," and several other poor attempts to reclaim your former glory, you have brought us "Bolt," a movie about a dog who run faster then a speeding bullet, …
review by . July 23, 2009
The main reason for putting off watching this movie was lack of a child visitor in the house. With the arrival of my 3-year-old niece, we've been catching up on 'family' films.    I had pretty neutral expectations of this movie only to find my level of satisfaction rather high at the end.    It reminded me a great deal of 'The Brave Little Toaster' from back in the day, but is otherwise a classic tale of a motley crew finding friendship and making their way …
review by . July 03, 2009
This was such a great film. The visuals are stunning and you can tell the animators actually cared (no thrown together film for these guys!). It's funny - really funny. I think Rhino stole the show myself though :)    Yes, it's about a dog and it's a feel good family movie. Ho hum, Ho hum, right? Not quite. It's a little bit more than that, I thought. A stand-out film to be sure. My kids loved it and so did the adults. I think this might be the most surprising film I saw last …
review by . June 20, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
You know the formula, classic Walt Disney. Some cute and cuddly lead character, attacked by a black evil character, scare the little kids for a while, there's a big fight, and the cute and cuddly lead character wins. If you love the Disney formula, this film is a total winner. Hate that formula, and well you just won't enjoy this film.     Animation has certainly made a ton of progress in the past few years. This movie is no exception. Where the Incredibles (The Incredibles (Two-Disc …
review by . April 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I admit that I really wasn't that excited to see BOLT. An animal road trip movie featuring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus? It really didn't sound that interesting to me. However, I was wrong. BOLT is a much more entertaining and enjoyable movie than I expected and after viewing it I would gladly watch it again.    Bolt (John Travolta) is the star of his own tv show with his owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus). In the show, Penny's dad is a world-class scientist who is wanted …
review by . April 01, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Frankly, I did not know what to expect when I took three grandchildren to see this film immediately after it arrived in Dallas months ago. We saw it at an IMAX theater in 3-D, an experience that reminded me of a time when (at their age) I was startled when Vincent Price began to hit a rubber ball with a wooden paddle at me and others in the audience at the Shore theatre in Chicago. This time around, I was soon unaware of the paper glasses and concentrated on an especially clever plot. Briefly, Bolt …
review by . February 10, 2009
Bolt is such a good movie! Bolt is a dog with superpowers working in the world of espionage with his "person" Penny...or so he thinks. Truth is that Bolt works in a T.V. show and he doesn't even know it. The producers have gone to extreme lengths to hide this from Bolt (hiding the microphones, etc.) just so that his "performance" is real. But then Bolt is inadvertently shipped all the way across the country and exposed to the real world. He must come to terms with the fact that he does not have …
review by . August 18, 2007
posted in Music Matters
Pros: Zesty, exotic, hard, perfect for the movie     Cons: Not as gripped as I thought I would be.     The Bottom Line: I thought I would be listening to this soundtrack over and over. Sad to say I was wrong.     Hans Zimmer with bite. That’s how I would describe this soundtrack. Tyler Bates, the composer, has a bit of Zimmer’s style, but throws in some spices, plenty of flair, and a lot of violence. You get 300 out of it. I enjoyed …
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Boltis a funny animated film about a dog who thinks he has superpowers. It is also a movie about friendship, perseverance, and the power of believing in oneself. Everyone knows that superheroes on television are not real, but super-dog Bolt (John Travolta) is a canine star who has been carefully raised to believe that he really possesses superpowers. Bolt is completely devoted to his human co-star Penny (Miley Cyrus), so when Penny is captured by the evil Dr. Calico (Malcolm McDowell) in their latest television episode and then Bolt accidentally gets loose in the real world, Bolt sets off on a journey to save her. Bolt is confounded when his super powers are suddenly ineffective, but inspiration strikes and Bolt quickly discovers the mysterious, power-stealing effects of Styrofoam packing peanuts. An encounter with alley cat Mittens (Susie Essman) gives Bolt some eye-opening lessons about being a real dog in the real world, while star-struck, ball-enclosed hamster Rhino (Mark Walton) revels in the opportunity to serve as Bolt's sidekick in the quest to rescue Penny. The trio traverses the United States from waffle house to waffle house on a hysterical quest to find Penny and prove that the relationship between Penny and Bolt is real. In the end, Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino learn that everyone is special in their own way and they discover the true power of believing in oneself and one's friends. Select theaters showed Bolt in Real-D 3-D which features some nice effects, ...
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Movies, Comedy Movies, Comedy, Animated Movies, Animation, Kids, Children, Disney, Family, Animated, Adventure Movies, 3d, Cartoons & Animation, Animal Picture, Adventure Comedy, Abc Video, Feature Film Family

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Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Release Date: March 24, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Chris Williams, Dan Fogelman
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2009
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
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