Bolt

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Bolt

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.

By: Wally Hammond

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Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday February 6 2009
Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Screenwriter: Dan Fogelman

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:73
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:6
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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.


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.


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


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


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


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??


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 )


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


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!!!


want to watch bolt but one of our friends un sure about watching bolt saying its childish want do you think???


An AMAZING TALE OF 3 FRIENDS BOLT, MITTENS,RHINO WHO GO ON A SPEACHLESS ADVENTURE TO FIND BOLTS BELOVED PENNY WORTH SEEING IT IN 3D


HIYA!!!!!!! goin 2 c diz film in a bit wid ma m8s, shan and louis and ma lil bro jake, i iz wel lukin forward 2 it nd i cant wait ( HOPE THEIRS LOADZ OV FIT LADZ THEIR AZWEL!!!!!) all ma luvz, lauren A.K.A lollypop xxxxx


The film is great watched it 2 times now hope you will watch it and enjoy it. if you dont please comment me and say y (:


we were looking to watch despereaux but it wasn't on at our local cinema so this was second choice and both myself any my two girls aged 6 and 4 absolutely enjoyed it. It entertained and visually was a treat with good characterisation and story. We were thoroughly entertained and my only regret is that we didn't see it in 3D. would thoroughly recommend it. You'll love it!


i am goin to see it today hope it is gd but with all the other comment i know it is


im gonna watch this film tonight hope its good compared to your comments i'll just give it a 5 star!!!


Bolt 3D is fantastic, I would highly recommend it to people of all ages. The characters are brilliant and I laughed from start to finish. Different from other disney movies but the best movie I have watched in ages. And even better in 3D!!


Brilliant film,best disney film in a long time.Great animation and a good story line.Highly Recommended!


Brilliant film,best disney film in a long time.Great animation and a good story line.Highly Recommended!


I took my 3 grandchildren aged 8, 10 and 11 and they loved it, my view is that it is a rearly good family film.


I took my 3 grandchildren aged 8, 10 and 11 and they loved it, my view is that it is a rearly good family film.


Took my kids to see it yesterday it was hilarious and fantastic - recommend it to any family. So pleased I ignored the negative reviews!


Took my kids to see it yesterday it was hilarious and fantastic - recommend it to any family. So pleased I ignored the negative reviews!


I just saw this film today with my friend, I loved it! I don't know what you losers were thinking saying it was rubbish cos i loved it so haaa!


I just saw this film today with my friend, I loved it! I don't know what you losers were thinking saying it was rubbish cos i loved it so haaa!


Pretty disappointing considering all the hype. Travolta isn't the right voice for the dog. It's mostly pretty boring apart from one or two giggles. Even in 3D, the film lacked the depth of Finding Nemo. I think Obama would be a great voice for Bolt.


Excuse the anonymous. One of our arch enemys made fun of her for watching that movie. The comment was dedicated in an over the top way to our enemy. I won't say her name. Please dont go against her. I dont mind any of the comments


It's a pretty good movie but I don't like the hamster. He's a wierd character.


I think it's an ok movie but I just don't get how a dog can be friends with a cat. Clearly the dog doesn't go out much


Exusme! I'm going to see it and I will perfectly garuntee myself that it is great! If you want to judge harshly after you've seen it once then go ahead! You are none of my concern! HMM!


Exusme! I'm going to see it and I will perfectly garuntee myself that it is great! If you want to judge harshly after you've seen it once then go ahead! You are none of my concern! HMM!


i dont see why a dog is pretending to be a superhero? please get real! it's rubbish don't waste ur money ppl "!

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