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Movie Review: Bolt (2008)

Cartoon poster for Bolt featuring a dog, hamster, cat, and people.Summary:
Bolt is the star of a weekly tv action show in which he protects the little girl he loves from evil masterminds using his super doggy powers such as the super bark.  The producers, however, have worked hard to make sure Bolt doesn’t know it’s not real, so when he accidentally gets shipped to NYC, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.  Lucky for him along the way he teams up with an alley cat and a hamster who help him truly become a super dog.

Anyone who knows me knows I have a thing for talking animal movies.  It’s probably got something to do with the fact that in the imagination land that is my head, I tend to create my own soundtrack for the animals around me, so when dogs in a movie see a ball and we hear them saying “ball!  ball! ball!” instead of barking….yeah, I’m hooked.

That said, I wasn’t intrigued by the preview at all.  It all seemed so contrived, that I went into it expecting not to like it.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised.  The story manages to be cute and believable enough.  Bolt isn’t egotistic.  He’s intensely loyal in a way only dogs can be.  He’s been led to believe he can shoot lasers with his eyes, and it’s kind of adorable when he tries to melt iron in the real world.

The characters he meets along the way are the best of what we’ve come to expect from animated movies.  From the bad-ass alley cat to the over-exuberant hamster to the gangster pigeons they all work together to make Bolt’s non-television world the vibrant place it becomes.

The overall message of Bolt is actually quite delightful, and a surprise coming from Disney.  Only when Bolt comes to accept that over-the-top superpowers are fake can he come to be the best dog he can be in the real world.

I would definitely show this to kids, but anyone who enjoys animated movies without shout-outs to adults watching will enjoy this film.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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  1. March 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I agree with you. When I saw the movie advertised I thought it looked trite and kinda bad, but one night I was bored and wanted something to watch and had this in my Netflix streaming queue and was amazed at just how well done it was. Part of it were a bit over the top, but def. a good story

    • March 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks for venturing over from Twitter, Andrew! Bolt is a good movie suffering from bad advertising, evidently. Which is odd because with Disney lately it’s usually good advertising and iffy movie. Guess the streaming queue has been good for Bolt!

  2. March 10, 2010 at 4:40 am

    The same as you I’ve refused to see this film due to the naff advetising, the story has come across as pretty second rate. I may have to give it go now thank you….talking animals usual sell a film to me as well!

    • March 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Excellent! It deserves more views (in spite of Miley Cyrus being in it. Don’t worry; it’s easy to forget it’s her voice). 😉

  3. June 10, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I hope they give bolt a sequel it was one of Disney’s best Movies i love it

  1. January 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm

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