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The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.

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Dan Fogelman (screenplay by), Chris Williams (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Young Penny (voice) (as Chloë Moretz)
Randy Savage ... Thug (voice)
Ronn Moss ... Dr. Forrester (voice)
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Storyline

Bolt, an American white shepherd, has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, where he believes he has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident, he meets a female alley cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino. He's trying to find the way home, to the studio. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not real. Written by jcsmarchesi

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Taglines:

Fully Awesome 2008 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild action and peril | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Dog See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,223,128, 23 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$114,053,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,979,994
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directors Byron Howard and Chris Williams and look and lighting director Adolph Lusinsky were inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and films from the early seventies, especially the works of cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond for the film's visual look. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) The director is upset because a boom microphone is visible in the frame and "the dog could have seen that." Regardless of what the camera captured, the microphone and its operator were out in the open on the set itself, where Bolt could have seen them during filming, even if they were edited out later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Penny: [points to puppy Bolt, decisively] That one.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a hamster running in a hamster wheel comes up with the words. When he stops running, the words stop moving. Another hamster enters in from the left to take his place. After a high-five, they switch. The first hamster walks off, the second starts running, and the credits resume rolling. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German version, the hamster's name has been changed from Rhino to Dino. See more »

Connections

Featured in Disneycember: Bolt (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Dog-Face Boy
Written by Würzel (as Michael Burston), Phil Campbell (as Philip Campbell), Mikkey Dee (as Micael Delaogou), and Lemmy (as Ian Kilmister)
Performed by Motörhead
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and courtesy of SPV America
By Arrangement with Singerman Entertainment
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A fun action packed Disney adventure
3 December 2018 | by jonconnormustlive-46298See all my reviews

Bolt follows a canine actor known for playing a super hero on a TV show, he is supported from his owner and must find his way back to her, all while believing he truly has super powers.

Bolt is loads of fun! There are lots of creative action scenes, plenty of funny jokes, and even some emotional scenes. Bolt has the makings of a Disney classic, but it does come up a little short of the usual Disney magic.

Firstly, the story lacks depth, the story basically tells itself in the first 30 minutes, then fuels the rest with action, comedy and drama. Secondly Miley Cyrus proved to be an annoying choice for voicing one of the main characters, not only is she an ear-sore, but she struggles to express different emotions vocally, her voice feels fake and just detracts from the overall film.

Luckily there's still plenty good in Bolt, it's definitely a great choice for a family friendly action comedy!


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