Bolt

Bolt

For super-dog Bolt (voice of 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 to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of MILEY CYRUS). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions—a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of SUSIE ESSMAN) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of MARK WALTON) -- Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. --© Walt Disney Pictures 3.5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
Bolt

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Certificate U
Genre Family / Children
Director Chris Williams Byron Howard
Cast Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Malcolm McDowell John Travolta
Studio Walt Disney Animation Studios
Release Date February 2009
Running Time 96 minutes
 

For super-dog Bolt (voice of 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 to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of MILEY CYRUS). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions—a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of SUSIE ESSMAN) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of MARK WALTON) -- Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. --© Walt Disney Pictures

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Channel 4 Film

Anton Bitel

It is all held together by some exciting set-pieces, several very funny lines, a keen sense of irony, and an underlying message that the one true essential is to stick by the ones we love through any situation, real or imagined. It is a sophisticatedly wholesome moral for a post-modern age.

23/04/2009

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The Daily Express

Allan Hunter

The wonderfully expressive features on Bolt make him feel almost real and the movie has enough charm and humour to please both adults and children.

06/02/2009

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

At the end of the day, “Bolt” is a sweet Disney family film, but Lasseter’s oversight has made it smarter than it otherwise would have been. It’s not in Pixar’s league, but it’s laced with idiosyncratic characters with pleasantly wacky attitudes.

21/11/2008

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

This cracking cartoon romp is just what you yearn for from an animated movie - smart, funny and not too long! Bolt is brilliantly animated entertainment that will keep both kids and their parents amused.

01/02/2009

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The New Yorker

Bruce Diones

The master Pixar craftsman John Lasseter, serving as executive producer, takes the reins of Disney’s latest animated project and helps create a family film that has genuine personality, humor, and warmth.

15/12/2008

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The Observer

Philip French

It's funny and inventive, though not greatly helped by 3D.

08/02/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Wittier by the reel, Bolt is can't-miss family entertainment, and a glad relief from the solemnities of award season.

06/02/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

In a week of overblown, overrated pictures obese with self-importance, it is a relief to find one terrific piece of simple entertainment and fun... Tremendously lovable and funny stuff.

06/02/2009

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Time Magazine

Richard Corliss

Its visual style is unpretentiously attractive, with a limber graphic line, and there's little showboating in the design or the dialogue. Directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard are perfectly pleased to have labored in the service of that humblest of genres, the dog cartoon.

21/11/2008

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Time Out

Wally Hammond

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

05/02/2009

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The New York Times

A. O. Scott

“Bolt,” in other words, is a real movie — not a great one, perhaps, but a more organic and thought-out piece of work than the usual animated hodgepodge that lures antsy children and their dutiful parents into the multiplexes. It has its sentimental strains, but it doesn’t push them too hard, or resort to the crude, pandering humor of, say, the “Shrek” franchise.

21/11/2008

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Could Bolt 3D be better animated? No. Could it be funnier? A bit. Did it need the 3D? Not really.

04/02/2009

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Empire Magazine

Helen O'Hara

The unlikely superhero of this film is the hamster, who brings the funny amid a flurry of weaker gags. But Bolt still has charm — it just won’t hit with the adults the way the best animated films can.

23/04/2009

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

While it’s a bit strange that the film takes the mickey out of its Hollywood masters at the same time as offering us so obviously anodyne a commercial project, there’s no doubt that Bolt cuts the mustard as a technically brilliant piece of animation. Even if it’s a bit too knowing in places for children and a bit lightweight in others for adults, as a whole it gives Pixar every chance to show that even with a moderate story line it can give us something to savour.

05/02/2009

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The Times

James Christopher

The fact that the hamster steals the film speaks volumes about the lack of fresh ingredients.

05/02/2009

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Total Film

Neil Smith

If a little twee for grown-ups, this is riotous fun for kids. Even if it’s not Pixar-perfect, it’ll definitely do until Up touches down.

03/02/2009

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Variety

Todd McCarthy

"Bolt" is an OK Disney animated entry enhanced by nifty 3-D projection. The first inhouse feature from Disney Animation since Pixar guru John Lasseter took over the studio's creative reins, this tale of a canine forced to overcome his superdog complex and learn to become a regular pooch bears some telltale signs of Pixar's trademark smarts, but still looks like a mutt compared to the younger company's customary purebreds.

13/11/2008

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

This canine cartoon caper, in 3D no less, is Pixar creative director John Lasseter's first feature for Disney Animation – and it's not half bad... The plot is sentimental fluff. But this has energy and invention enough to keep Lasseter top of the heap.

06/02/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

'Bolt' is the first Disney cartoon to be made since Pixar supremo John Lasseter took charge, and both animation and script show every sign of the tender loving care that distinguishes Pixar's output. It's far better than any of Disney's last few cartoons, but it's still missing the timeless quality of its classics.

08/02/2009

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