Bolt (PG)

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Posted: Tue Feb 3 2009

Disney’s first 3D animation, made under new head John Lasseter, is a likeable, dynamic and seductively characterised family entertainment. Directed by newcomers Byron Howard and Chris Williams, it’s a romantic tale of the sentimental education of the titular dog, which is graphically inspired by the larger American shepherd and modestly voiced by John Travolta. In ‘Truman Show’ fashion, Bolt is the deluded super-hero star of a hit live-action children’s television show, replete with a snazzy lightning logo emblazoned on his flank. As Bolt is separated by accident from ‘his person’, the equally innocent child-star Penny (Miley Cyrus), and joined by an alley-cat (a sassy, touching  Susie Essman) and couch-potato Hamster (a cherishable star-turn by animator Mark Walton), he learns to be ‘a real dog’.

One of the pleasures of ‘Bolt’ is how, without taking itself too seriously, it combines adventure with ideas and how the thoughtful, sympathetic script has fun with the reality/fantasy divide in a way that makes perfect sense to small kids, while still providing engagement and amusement for older siblings and adults in tow. Visually, it’s clever and stimulating: there are some excellent eye-level 3D effects, a nice pastiche of ‘bullet-time’ (part of a running theme throughout the film ‘discussing’ the relationship of live-action to CGI) and – elatingly – a pair of beautiful ‘helicopter’ shots. Borrowing a practice from Pixar, the main feature is prefaced by a short film, one of car-dealer’s son Lasseter’s own CGI spin-offs from ‘Cars’, the lovely, Japanese-accented ‘Tokyo Mater’, which charmingly combines petrol-head nostalgia with ‘Speed Racer’-esque kineticism.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Feb 6, 2009

Duration:

103 mins

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JIM

I have seen this 5 times so far. Bolt is so lovable epecially with his head tilted and ears down. Rhino the hamster is a hoot lol,epecially when he talks as all the human can hear in the film is him sqeekin lol. Then come the Pigeons they are so on the mark and really funny, so well done, the manerisms are spot on. It has a VERY FEEL GOOD feeling.

JIM

I have seen this 5 times so far. Bolt is so lovable epecially with his head tilted and ears down. Rhino the hamster is a hoot lol,epecially when he talks as all the human can hear in the film is him sqeekin lol. Then come the Pigeons they are so on the mark and really funny, so well done, the manerisms are spot on. It has a VERY FEEL GOOD feeling.

StuckMelon

This film is pretty good. Not quite as captivating as toy story 1 or shrek 1. but up there in the top 5. The Hamster (part wolverine lol!) is genius. it's not just him though, there are so many catchphrases in there i don't know where to start. My kids and me say them all the time. agree with some other poster that the film can get a bit boring; the dog is not a strong enough lead character, and the cat can be irritating at times, but theres so much morre to the film that you can overlook these things. I say watch it, if you're a kid at heart you'll love it.

StuckMelon

This film is pretty good. Not quite as captivating as toy story 1 or shrek 1. but up there in the top 5. The Hamster (part wolverine lol!) is genius. it's not just him though, there are so many catchphrases in there i don't know where to start. My kids and me say them all the time. agree with some other poster that the film can get a bit boring; the dog is not a strong enough lead character, and the cat can be irritating at times, but theres so much morre to the film that you can overlook these things. I say watch it, if you're a kid at heart you'll love it.

gill

thank goodness for the hamster otherwise it would have been sooo boring

gill

thank goodness for the hamster otherwise it would have been sooo boring

emily

i cant wait to go and seee the film with my boyfriend and im only 10!!!!!!!!!

emily

i cant wait to go and seee the film with my boyfriend and im only 10!!!!!!!!!

Rich

I'm probably going to see the film tomorrow but that depends if youth club is cancelled, If not i may see it Friday but don't know cos Fridays I like to hang out in town. Anyway, I'd definitely like to see the film at some point.

Rich

I'm probably going to see the film tomorrow but that depends if youth club is cancelled, If not i may see it Friday but don't know cos Fridays I like to hang out in town. Anyway, I'd definitely like to see the film at some point.

clair

great film, the hamster is just a amazing the best character in the film and the humour is outstanding

clair

great film, the hamster is just a amazing the best character in the film and the humour is outstanding

AT

entertaining and a good laugh loved the hampster worth going to the cimema for

AT

entertaining and a good laugh loved the hampster worth going to the cimema for

Carmen

Its not better than Hotel for Dogs. Quite rubbish and a bit boring! Would not recordmend it!!! and don't waste your money - its not worth it.

Carmen

Its not better than Hotel for Dogs. Quite rubbish and a bit boring! Would not recordmend it!!! and don't waste your money - its not worth it.

Brighton boy

I love all the Disney/Pixar films. This ive got to say is the BEST. I might even say my favourite film EVER. Although I saw it in Brighton and it wasnt 3D. is that only in certain cinemas??

Brighton boy

I love all the Disney/Pixar films. This ive got to say is the BEST. I might even say my favourite film EVER. Although I saw it in Brighton and it wasnt 3D. is that only in certain cinemas??

jill

fab 3d animation. A fun film for all age groups. You'lI love it. I was expecting it to be a little boring but was pleasantly surprised. You won't be disappointed. It even made me jump in places. ( and i'm in my forties )

jill

fab 3d animation. A fun film for all age groups. You'lI love it. I was expecting it to be a little boring but was pleasantly surprised. You won't be disappointed. It even made me jump in places. ( and i'm in my forties )

swoodge

Great film fast paced funny lovely the hamster "Rhino" my son James 7 wants the DVD for Christmas! Go see the film i would recommend it

swoodge

Great film fast paced funny lovely the hamster "Rhino" my son James 7 wants the DVD for Christmas! Go see the film i would recommend it

Adam

EXCELLENT FILM ME AND MY LITTLE SISTER LOVED IT!!! GREAT ANIMATION AND THE STORY LINE WAS BRILLIANT LOL!!!! MUST SEE FILM GREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!!!

Adam

EXCELLENT FILM ME AND MY LITTLE SISTER LOVED IT!!! GREAT ANIMATION AND THE STORY LINE WAS BRILLIANT LOL!!!! MUST SEE FILM GREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!!!

the m

the most borring film in the century it is so borring dont wast oure money

the m

the most borring film in the century it is so borring dont wast oure money

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