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The King Has Returned
So, lately, Disney has been, what's the word, umm... suckey. The last GOOD Disney movie that I actually enjoyed was the Emperor's New Groove. And was that in, what, '02. Chicken Little was average. Meet the Robinsons was terrible and one of the worst Disney movies I've ever seen. Without Pixar, I would HATE Disney right now. HATE IT. What can save us from this losing streak. Apparently, John Travolta.
Bolt stars John Travolta as Bolt. Bolt has grown up on the set of a hit TV show and has no idea it isn't real. But things go wrong when Bolt accidently gets off the set and is shipped to New York City. First confused and disoriented, Bolt later thinks he has been sent there by the evil green eyed man he fights in his TV show. Worst of all, he believes his owner and fellow actress Penny has been kidnapped. After running into a group of Pidgeons, Bolt believes that to find green eyed man, he has to get a cat, because all cats work for bad guys. Duh. Bolt kidnappes a cat named Mittens, voiced brilliantly by Sussie Essman. So the duo head to LA, where Mittens says Penny is. They soon run into a small hamster named Rhino, and the adventure begins. I smell a Road Trip!!
Bolt is good. That's all I have to say. It's quick and witty and doesn't delve into bad pop culture refrences or fart jokes. This is a movie both kids and their parents will enjoy. Most of the movies success is acheived by the wonderful acting. John Travolta does great as the dog who thinks his TV show life is real, but Sussie Essman steals the show. She does one of the best animated voices since David Spade in the Emperor's New Groove. And Not suprising, Essman is the one who spews out the "adult" jokes. But she is wonderful, and so is everyone else. Miley Cirus, whos voice I reguly hate, is actually good too.
Now, I said who brings in adult jokes, but what about kid jokes. Well, that category belongs to Rhino the Hamsters, sadly one of the movies biggest flaws. I enjoyed him a lot, and one of my favorite lines in the film is provided by him. But, alas, he is only in the movie for about 30 minutes, and has very little dialougue. I thought they were going to overuse the character like they did with the pig from Chicken Little, but they instead underused him. I know that Timon and Pumbaa were only in Lion King for about the same time, but it's still one of Disney's big problems; they either overuse or underuse their comic relief. But Mittens is a good character to, and Bolt does provide some funny moments when he realizes he's just a dog. And the pigeons that sound different in every city the team goes to is funny too.
So, take it as you will, Bolt is hopefully a revival for the Disney we know and love. Or at least we can only hope.
Bolt gets a 8.9 out of ten. Now go say redunkulas. It's my new word!!
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