Bolt is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and directed by Byron Howard (who previously worked on Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear) and Chris Williams (who previously worked on Mulan and The Emperor's New Groove) and is the 48th film in the Disney Animated Canon. Despite the 3D animation, it was not released as a Pixar film, despite being produced by the Pixar chief creative officer, John Lasseter. The film stars the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Claire Holt, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, Greg Germann, Susie Essman, and Mark Walton.
The film's plot limelights on a small American White Shepherd named Bolt (John Travolta) who, having spent his entire life unknowingly isolated in a TV studio, believes that the fictional world of the TV series in which he plays the lead role who has super powers is all real. When his co-star and owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus), whom he loves very dearly, has been "kidnapped" in the TV series, he manages to escape from the studio and sets out on a cross-country journey to "rescue" her.
A girl named Penny and a dog named Bolt star on a hit television series called Bolt in which the titular character has various superpowers and must constantly thwart the evil plans of the nefarious Doctor Calico. To gain a more realistic performance, the TV show's producers have deceived Bolt his entire life, arranging the filming in such a way that Bolt believes the television show is real and he really has superpowers. After filming completes for the latest episode, Bolt escapes from his on-set trailer mistakenly believing Penny has been kidnapped by the television villain. He attempts to break through a window, knocking himself unconscious as he falls into a box of styrofoam peanuts. With no one aware Bolt is in the box, it is shipped from Hollywood to New York City. In New York, he meets Mittens, a female alley cat who bullies pigeons out of their food. Bolt, convinced this is another adventure, forces Mittens to help him get back to Hollywood, and the two start their journey westward on a truck after Bolt accidentally knocks Mittens unconscious when he ducks underneath a mailbox but Mittens is slammed into it. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Penny is deeply saddened over Bolt's disappearance but is forced by the studio to continue filming with a Bolt lookalike. As their adventure proceeds, Bolt starts to notice that his superpowers aren't working, and rationalizes this is the effect that styrofoam has on his body.
Surprised at his first feelings of both pain and hunger, Bolt is shown by Mittens how to act like a cute, but needy dog, and is rewarded by food. They meet Rhino, a fearless, TV-obsessed hamster and huge Bolt fan who joins their team. Mittens tries to convince Bolt that his superpowers aren't real, but their discussion is cut short by the arrival of Animal Control, who captures them both and transports them to an animal shelter. After being freed en route by Rhino, Bolt finally realizes that he is just a normal dog, but regains his confidence after Rhino (oblivious to this revelation) gives him a pep talk. They rescue Mittens from the shelter and escape, allowing them to continue their journey. Along the way, Bolt learns to enjoy typical dog activities (such as hanging his head out the window), but Mittens refuses to go farther than Las Vegas. She tells Bolt that his Hollywood life is fake and there is no real love for him there. Her emotional rant reveals that she was once a house cat, but was abandoned by her previous owner and left to brave the harsh streets alone and declawed. Bolt refuses to believe that Penny doesn't love him, and continues on alone, wishing Mittens the best. Rhino, learning of Bolt's departure, convinces Mittens that they must help him, and the two set off to find Bolt once again.
Bolt finally arrives in Hollywood, and with some help from two pigeons who give Bolt an idea for his show, he reaches the studio. Mittens and Rhino aren't far away, and when they arrive at the studio, Mittens tries to explain to Rhino that Bolt never really had superpowers and that the TV show he loves is fake. But then Rhino spots one of the actors in a henchman costume, and runs after it, threatening to beat him up while the actor is cooing Rhino, stating that he's cute. Bolt enters the trailer that he always stayed in, and finding his old chew toy, Mr. Carrot, begins to play with it, when he hears Penny's voice calling his name. Bolt runs toward Penny's voice, and in the shadows, he runs toward her, and she appearingly runs toward him, embracing the fact that he came back to her. Just a couple feet away from Bolt, Penny drops to her knees and a Bolt-lookalike runs into her arms. Penny tells the lookalike that she thought that she had lost Bolt. Unaware that Penny still misses him and that her affection for the lookalike was only a part of a rehearsal for the show, Bolt leaves, brokenhearted, dropping his chew toy, feeling betrayed. Mittens, on a gantry in the studio, sees what Bolt does not - Penny telling her mother how much she misses Bolt. Realizing that Penny truly does love Bolt, Mittens follows Bolt and explains.
At the same time, the Bolt-lookalike panics during filming and accidentally knocks over some torches, setting the stage on fire. While Mittens is talking to Bolt, he hears Penny's cries for help, and he and Mittens run back to the studio. Penny is still attached to the harness for the episode they were filming, and three men run to help her down. A spark falls onto Penny's shoulder, and she cries out in pain, then she sees the clip that keeps her up in the air and a giant blow up pillow to break her fall. She undos the clip and she falls onto the cushion. The three guys look up where she was, and decide to save themselves, because they didn't see her up there. The henchman actor is still holding Rhino's ball, but when he hears the fire truck sirens, he runs to help, putting Rhino back on the ground. Rhino then sees Bolt and Mittens and follows them, telling Bolt that he's got Bolt's back. Then Bolt trips Penny's agent, and the agent stares at Bolt, bewildered that it's the real Bolt. Three men that were trying to rescue Penny exit the building, with the assistant director asking them if anyone's still in the building. They say that they don't know. An air vent suddenly begins to fall over the entrance, and Rhino runs underneath it, holding it up with his ball. The weight is obviously too much for the plastic ball, and begins cracking. Mittens opens the door on Rhino's ball and pulls him out, just as Bolt slides underneath the vent. The vent then crushes the ball, and Rhino and Mittens are left staring at the entrance in astonishment.
Bolt has successfully entered the burning building, and begins to search for Penny. Penny, by now, is starting to cough, and Bolt can hear her coughing. He runs over to where she is and barks. Penny looks up and recognizes her brave brave at once. They run to each other. Penny kneels down, like she did with the Bolt-lookalike, and Bolt runs into her arms. She starts crying tears of joy, saying that she knew that her beloved dog would return, but the moment is suddenly destroyed by a prop helicopter about to fall on top of them. They run, and duck behind a huge canvas. The canvas then falls, knocking Penny down. Bolt had made it out from under it, and is encouraging Penny to get up. Penny notices a rope lying a couple inches away from her, and tells Bolt "zoom zoom". Bolt grabs the other end and starts running, with Penny at the other end, with her coughing getting worse. Penny can barely stand up and let's go of the rope, stumbling. Bolt runs to her side, and she grabs the rope again. Bolt spots an air vent and pulls her over to it. Bolt claws the vent cover off, and crawls inside it. He barks at Penny to follow him, but notices that she's just laying on the ground. He crawls out of the vent, and pulls on her sleeve. Penny, very weakly, tells Bolt to go out alone, that she'd be okay. Bolt wriggles himself underneath Penny's arm, and she tells him that he's her good boy and that she loves him.
Outside, Penny's mom is frantically looking for her daughter, asking people if they've seen her. Back inside the building, Penny has fallen unconscious, and Bolt is now very weak. He hears the echoing of sirens and people shouting in the air vent. He whimpers, and it also echoes. He then barks, and it echoes even louder. He then gets an idea. He stands up, having Penny's limp arm that was around Bolt fall to the floor. Bolt puts his front right paw forward, and his right hind leg backwards. He growls, then releases a loud bark into the air vent. The people outside hear the echo from the vent, and are confused at first. Bolt continues to bark, and the firefighters realize that someone is still in the building. Rhino is highly-excited because he recognizes Bolt's signature Superbark. The firefighters head towards the vent, and Bolt releases one last weak bark, and he collapses, unconscious, and the screen goes black.
Bolt and Penny are still lying on the floor, unconscious, as firefighters open up the vent, finding the two. The screen lights up, and it shows Penny being rolled on a stretcher, slowly waking up. She looks around, seeing the effects of the fire, then she glances to her right and sees a firefighter carrying an unconscious Bolt, but then Bolt twitches his tail, and Penny whispers his name. Her mother runs up to her, relieved that Penny's okay. The paramedics decide to take Penny to the hospital just in case, and Mittens and Rhino are hiding on the bottom of the stretcher as it is put inside the anbulance.
Penny and her mother subsequently quit the show when their agent attempts to exploit the incident for publicity purposes. Penny herself adopts Mittens and Rhino, and moves to a rural home to enjoy a simpler, happy lifestyle with Bolt and her new pets. The show continues, but with a replacement "Bolt" and "Penny"- "Penny's" new appearance being explained in the show as being serious injuries necessitating her undergoing facial reconstruction surgery- and adopting the alien abduction storyline that the pigeons that had led Bolt back to the studio(even Rhino finds this plot unrealistic, and Bolt finds "ridonculous").
- John Travolta as Bolt, the star of the film, a white dog who thinks all his super powers are real.
- Miley Cyrus as Penny, Bolt's person who is the co-star of the film.
- Susie Essman as Mittens, a black, green-eyed cat who Bolt and Rhino believe is an agent working for Dr. Calico.
- Mark Walton as Rhino, a hamster in a ball. Just like Bolt, he thinks all Bolt's super powers are real.
- Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Calico, an actor from the set, but is only seen filming for the show.
- Nick Swardson as Blake
- Diedrich Bader as Veteran Cat
- Chloë Moretz as Young Penny, who adopted Bolt and put a collar on him.
- Greg Germann as The Agent, Penny's boss.
- James Lipton as The Director, the director of the show
- Randy Savage as Thug
- Kari Wahlgren as Mindy, the Head Boss of the Network.
- Grey Delisle as Penny's Mom, decided to quit after the flaming incident
At first, the film was going to be titled American Dog, and was written and directed by Chris Sanders. Eventually, Sanders was removed from the project and replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard. The film's previous plot told the story of a dog named Henry, a famous TV star, who one day finds himself stranded in the Nevada desert with a testy, one-eyed cat and an oversized, radioactive rabbit who are themselves searching for new homes, all the while believing he is still on television. In 2006, after becoming Chief Creative Officer at Disney, John Lasseter along with other directors from Pixar and Disney viewed a couple of early cuts of the film and gave Chris Sanders notes on how to improve the story. According to Lasseter, Chris Sanders was replaced because Sanders resisted the changes that Lasseter and the other directors had suggested. Lasseter was quoted as saying "Chris Sanders is extremely talented, but he couldn’t take it to the place it had to be." After Sanders left and the original title was removed, the animation team was told to complete the movie in just 18 months instead of the usual four years that is normally required to produce a computer-animated feature. In June 8, 2007, Disney announced that the film, now under its current name, would be released on November 21, 2008 in Disney Digital 3-D.
The look of the film was inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and the cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond. As in Rapunzel, new technology in non-photorealistic rendering (NPR) was used to give it a special visual appearance. To give the movie's 3D backgrounds a hand-painted look, the company artists used new patented technology designed specifically for the movie.
Bolt's characteristics are based on an amalgam of breeds, although the designers started with the American White Shepherd. Joe Moshier, lead character designer, said, "they [American White Shepherds] have really long ears, a trait that I tried to caricature in order to allow the animators to emphasize Bolt's expressiveness."
Complete Soundtrack and Offical EditEdit
"Barking at the Moon" redirects here. For the album by Ozzy Osbourne, see Bark at the Moon.The score to Bolt was composed by John Powell. The soundtrack featured the film's score and two original songs - "I Thought I Lost You" by Bolt's stars John Travolta and Miley Cyrus (nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song on 2009) as well as "Barking at the Moon" by Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis. The soundtrack was released on November 18, 2008.
Although Motörhead has a song in the film, they do not seem to appear in either the soundtrack or the score. Motörhead's song, "Dog-Face Boy" (from their Sacrifice album) is in a mailroom scene where a young worker is listening to it on his headphones and inadvertently wraps Bolt up in a box that gets shipped off to New York City.
Part 1 [Disc 1]Edit
- RS01 - [1m1] Meet Bolt (1:54)
- RS02 - [1m2a] Bolt Transforms (1:15)
- RS03 - [1m2b] The Green-Eyed Man (2:42)
- RS04 - [1m2c] Scooter Chase (3:32)
- RS05 - [1m3] Meet the Director (2:16)
- RS06 - [2m4] Bolts Trailer (4:41)
- RS07 - [2m5] Bolivia (2:18)
- RS08 - [2m6] Bolt Freaks Out (2:08)
- RS09 - [2m8a] New York Part 1 (1:25)
- RS10 - [2m8b] New York Part 2 (3:53)
- RS11 - [2m9] Meet Mittens (3:26)
- RS12 - [2m10] Map Chat (:46)
- RS13 - [3m11] Moving Out (2:07)
- RS14 - [3m12] U-Haul (2:02)
- RS15 - [3m14] RV-Food (3:05)
- RS16 - [3m16] Rhino Superfan (4:03)
- RS17 - [3m18] Fast Train (2:44)
- RS18 - [3m19] Up A Tree (2:41)
- RS19 - [3m20] Shelter Truck (1:04)
- RS20 - [4m21] St Rhinos Day (3:34)
Part 2 [Disc 2]Edit
- RS21 - [4m22] Mission Improbable (:47)
- RS22 - [4m22] Mission Improbable no vox (:46)
- RS23 - [4m23a] Saving Mittens (1:11)
- RS24 - [4m23b] Mittens Escape (1:43)
- RS25 - [4m24a] Successful Mission (:45)
- RS26 - [4m24b] House On Wheels (2:30)
- RS27 - [4m26] Las Vegas (3:18)
- RS28 - [4m27] A Friend In Need (1:16)
- RS29 - [4m28] To the Studio (1:17)
- RS30 - [5m29] On the Lot (3:14)
- RS31 - [5m30a] Fake Starts Fire (:16)
- RS32 - [5m30b] Bolt Hears Cries (2:22)
- RS33 - [5m31a] Penny Rescue Part 1 (3:03)
- RS34 - [5m31b] Penny Rescue Part 2 (1:39)
- RS35 - [5m32] Alien TV (1:21)
- RS36 - [5m33] Home At Last (1:29)
- RS37 - End Suite (5:48)
- RS38 - "I Thought I Lost You" by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus (3:36)
- RS39 - "Barking at the Moon" by Jenny Lewis (3:17)
- RS40 - "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin (3:28)
- RS41 - "This Is What We Do" by MC Hammer (4:56)
- RS42 - "Spin That Wheel" by Hi Tek 3 (3:51)
- RS43 - "Family" by Riff (4:50)
- RS44 - "9.95" by Spunkadelic (4:2)
- RS45 - "Turtle Power" by Partners in Kryme (4:20)
- RS46 - "Let The Walls Come Down" by Johnny Kemp (4:9)
- RS47 - "Every Heart Needs A Home" by St. Paul (5:8)
- RS48 - "The Day That Never Comes" by Metallica (7:57)
A trailer for the film was released on June 27, 2008, preceding WALL-E. A second trailer for the film was released on October 3, 2008, preceding Beverly Hills Chihuahua. A special trailer was shown before High School Musical 3: Senior Year on October 24, 2008.
The premiere was held at El Capitan Theatre on November 16, 2008 in the arrivals and red carpet attended by John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, Greg Germann, Susie Essman, and Randy Savage.
Following the announcement by John Lasseter in December 2006 that all future Disney releases will have a theatrical short, the release was accompanied by the Cars Toons "Tokyo Mater" (also in 3D where available).
Bolt was released on Region A Blu-ray Disc in the United States on March 22, 2009. The BD set included standard DVD and digital copy versions of the film. Single-disc DVD and Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy versions followed in Region 1 on March 24. This marked the first time a major home-video release debuted on Blu-ray Disc before DVD.Bolt was released on both Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2009.
The DVD has sold 4,581,755 copies, generating $81.01 million in sales as of December 31st 2009.
Rotten Tomatoes reported that 88% of critics gave positive reviews based on 166 reviews. Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film a 68/100 approval rating based on 28 reviews following under the category "generally favorable reviews".
Perry Seibert of TV Guide gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and wrote the film "amuses both those who make up the film's target audience and the parents along for the ride. This winning mix of exciting action, heart-tugging sentiment, and gentle character comedy makes Bolt yet another solid addition to Disney's history of family-friendly fare." Tasha Robinson of the A.V. Club gave the film a B+ stating that "Bolt is the studio's first film since Lilo & Stitch that feels like it's trying to recapture the old Disney instead of aggressively shedding it in favor of something slick and new. And yet it comes with a healthy cutting-edge Pixar flavor as well." Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times compared Bolt with The Truman Show and stated in his review "[Bolt] also has an intriguing plot that is kind of the family animation version of the Jim Carrey-starring The Truman Show."
On its opening weekend, the film opened #3 with $26,223,128 behind Twilight and Quantum of Solace. On its second weekend, it rose to #2 behind Four Christmases with a 1.4% increase. As of November 1, 2009 the film has grossed $114,053,579 in the US and Canada with an additional $199.9 million internationally for a worldwide total of $313,953,579.
Bolt was nominated for the following awards:
- 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature - lost to WALL•E
- 2008 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature - lost to Kung Fu Panda
- 2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Animated Feature - lost to WALL•E
- 2008 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Animated Film - lost to WALL•E
- 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film - lost to WALL•E
- 2008 Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Animated Film - lost to WALL•E
- 2008 Produce Guild of America's Best Animated Motion Picture - lost to WALL•E
- 2008 Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature - lost to WALL•E
- 2009 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Animated Movie - lost to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Main article: Bolt (video game)A video game based on the film was released on November 18, 2008 for Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and also for mobile phone. The game focuses on Bolt's fake TV life, not the actual movie storyline. An application has also been released for the app version of Apple's iTunes Store, called RhinoBall.
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