The story is as usual pretty unoriginal but it still works well, it has a touch of 'Lassie' in there and 'Homeward Bound' with the cross country trek to find the owner but this does give it a soft touch that can pull at the heart strings in places.
It starts off kinda weak, your not too such what the films tag is or where the plot is going but it soon starts to pick up when Bolt reaches NY.
It looks great with some very detailed fur action going on and brilliant movement copying with other animals such as the pigeons. The funniest parts tend to be with the funniest character...that being 'Rhino the hamster', an almost Jack Black type rodent haha not an overdose of humour in the film but most comes from Rhino.
Solid film for all but still cant compete with the mighty 'Toy Story' trilogy.
Unfortunately it was released around the same time as Wall-E and that pretty much kicked it off the radar.
The plot follows a mega-famous dog named Bolt who is the star of a BA, kick-A, action series that bears his name. After his last episode ends with a cliffhanger in which his owner, Penny, gets kidnapped, Bolt leaves the set to find her due to the fact that he thinks the situation is real. Bolt goes on a road trip with a streetsmart and witty cat named Mittens and a hamster who claims to be Bolt's biggest fan named Rhino.
If theres anything I really LOVED from the film, it would have to be the opening sequence. We learn that Bolt started off as a pound puppy and gets adopted by Penny. How sweet. But then the whole film turns into an animated episode of "24" as we see a clip from the show where Penny and Bolt are on a rescue mission. I'm a guy so I obviously love action. The scene looked like a Bruce Willis action scene only with a dog and looked like it was directed by the Wachoski Brothers using Joel Schumacher's lighting technique. Very good scene that was actually a shame to see it end. If the whole film were like that, I'd give it a higher rating.
The vocal performances were good. I'll give props to Miley Cyrus because the character she played really looked like her and her vocal work went very well with the character's actions and emotions. John Travolta as Bolt was good although the character dosen't really give us a feeling of Travolta. But he was funny and cool. Mittens probably had to be my favorite and I am definetly not a cat person. I really like how they made her know about canine sterotypes. She teaches Bolt how to drink out of the John in one scene. Rhino grinded my gears and I wasn't fond of him.
The design of Mittens and Rhino is something I'm gonna praise. Mittens was always talking in a sarcastic tone and the lines she had went well with her tone. She is also a black and white cat. From my perspective, Mittens was like a sarcastic emo person whos fun to hang out with. Rhino was a chubby hamster who reminds me of fanatic college fratboys.
The art was also good. Looked a lot like Pixar's but had many of its own original flair. Very three-dimensional and detailed.
"Bolt" has good voice acting and chracters but had its cheesy moments like the end (which I liked) and Rhino's quotes. Also, the fact that the dog has powers like superstrength and supersonic barks were a little weird but I was still find of it.
Its cute, has good dialogue and structure, (Except the middle. It felt drawn out.) but "Bolt" can be forgettable to some and lovable to many. I fall right in between. I've only seen this once and I'm done. I bet you've guys have come across a film that you enjoy but don't feel like looking at it again. That what this film is for me. I just can't see myself watching "Bolt" over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...you get the picture.
Funny film, had its weak spots, but enjoyable and fun. But the fun and enjoyableness is only fun once since this is a one-shot film for me. Not a Disney masterpiece though. Very far from being one. Its got a 89% on this site, which I think is too high, and a 7.3/10 on IMDB. I'll have to go with the IMDB voters and give this a 70%. Thanks for reading, guys. Leave clean comments below.
"Go on, use the dog face. This is gonna be beautiful."
The action scenes at the beginning, only to fade to the studio control room, set the pace, and just when you think the film will bog down into the traditional "travel" flick, there still lies enough inventiveness, clever dialog and sight gags to make even the sappy song that absorbs the middle of the film seem tolerable.
If you love dogs this film has all the mannerisms laughingly down pat; and I loved the revelation from Mittens the cat - that cats don't like dogs because they envy them!
The scenes where Mittens teaches Bolt how to "be" a dog are priceless.
Good entertainment and some seriously laugh out loud moments - like Mittens playing godfather to a flock of pidgeons.