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

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While Bolt believes that he has super-powers he is self-confident, but when he finds out that he is not a super-hero his self-confidence vanishes. This is a clear case of Dunning-Kruger effect, situation when one's initial self-confidence is high due to his/her lack of knowledge which decreases in par with knowledge and increases again when the one becomes expert. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Calico is sitting with a cat on his right shoulder. Their reflection is shown in the glasses of a man directly opposite. The reflection shows Calico and the cat in the same position instead of being reversed, as a reflection would be. See more »

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

PRODUCTION BABIES: Kora, Harper, McKenna, Benjamin, Delaney, Emmett, Sarah, Anya, Sofia, Cleo, Alena, Braedyn, Clara, Elijah, Ellie, Ari, Aidan, Erin, Geoffrey, Avery, Shingo, Bridgette, Megan, Anik, Enzo, Melissa, Kate, Adelaide, Eden, Khiley, Sadie, Helena, Alena, Mackenzie, Riley, Leo, Melissa, Will, Aisling, Xander, Paris, Tristan, Siddharth, Sophia, Ria, Sadie, Megan, Lucas, Holly, Victoria, Keane, Eili, Joseph, Morgan, Teagan, Annie, Luke. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the French version, Bolt is called Volt and dubbed by Richard Anconina. The two actor cats and the various pigeons are voiced by comedic duo Omar Sy and Fred Testot. All French cinemas carrying the 3D version of the film showed it exclusively in its French dub. The film in its original English (with French subtitles) was only shown in 2D. A goof occurs when re-lettering the written name. The dog's tag and the billboards seen, read Volt during the first part of the movie, but read Bolt later on. See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Barking at the Moon
Written and Performed by Jenny Lewis
Produced by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings with Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice
Recorded and Mixed by Jason Lader
Jenny Lewis appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Canis familiaris
26 November 2008 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

Story-wise, there's nothing remarkably new about "Bolt," Walt Disney Animation's latest feature to hit the screens, but considering its patchy recent filmography, it's certainly a step to the right direction for the animation studio, now headed by Pixar-meister John Lasseter. While it's far below the sophisticated narratives and well-drawn characters of Pixar classics such as "Toy Story," "The Incredibles" and this year's "Wall-E," "Bolt" nevertheless charms its way to the screen with its eager-to-please lead character and diverting visuals.

Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is the canine star of a TV show where he plays a superdog whose lifelong mission is to protect his "person", Penny (Miley Cyrus), from the evil forces around them. Problem is, as the creators of the show fervently believe that the show's success lies mainly in its realism, they have gone to great lengths to lead Bolt into believing everything is real and everything seems to be going well.

That is until a studio mishap has Bolt improbably shipped across the country from Hollywood to New York. With the help of Mittens (Susie Essman), an alley cat who strangely knows more about dog ways than Bolt himself, and Bolt-fanatic hamster Rhino (Mark Walton), he goes on a long cross-country tripping to find his way back to Penny.

Byron Howard and Chris Williams direct a calculated script by Williams and Dan Fogelman where nothing is terribly special, especially if you're not a dog-loving tween girl (I do love dogs, though), though it has enough sensitivity (that's Lasseter working) up its sleeve for some unashamedly touching moments. And with its cheery visuals, lively characters and a breezy pace, it also has enough going for the adults as well as the kids. It's safe harmless stuff.


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Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,223,128, 23 November 2008

Gross USA:

$114,053,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,979,994
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