‘Bolt’ (2008)

Disney has recently been making a name for themselves by making animation films without Pixar. Among the list is “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph“, but before all that, they released a film in 2008 called “Bolt“. The main question is how did this measure up to the other movies, having been nearly five years old? Well I have seen it before, and I remember enjoying it, but it’s time to reintroduce my world to the world of “Bolt

Bolt (John Travolta) is a super-powered dog…at least he plays a super-powered dog on TV. The thing is, he was born into showbiz, so he believes with every fiber of his being that he has powers. In his TV show, his owner and co-star, Penny (Miley Cyrus) was kidnapped, but only in the show. However, Bolt believes the show is real, so when Penny was “kidnapped”, Bolt sets out to rescue her in real life. He soon realizes he has no powers, but he explains the loss of abilities were due to the styrofoam in packing peanuts. So Bolt, Mittens (Susie Essman), and Rhino the hamster (Mark Walton) set out on an epic adventure to find and rescue Penny from her utter demise.

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The story is pretty original. Granted, that’s not the only thing a movie needs in order to be deemed “good”, but beyond the originality, the movie had a good sense of adventure, had a very solid plot along with the obstacles that should accompany a plot like this, it had very different and memorable actors, and it had two major villains. The first villain being the man Bolt believed kidnapped Penny, the Green-Eyed Man. The second villain was a man versus self scenario, as Bolt comes to terms with who he really is, and the fact that that’s okay.  It gives off the message that you don’t have to be all that to be…all that, maybe being an…underdog…will do the same thing. After all of this is taken under consideration, it had some pretty great writing.

The acting wasn’t all it could be, but it was believable. There really isn’t much I can say to suggest for the acting to be any better, because the characters are supposed to be like this. They are supposed to be silly, so maybe the acting was fine, I don’t know. All I know is that the characters in this movie are the ones that are memorable, and not so much the voices behind the characters.

Obviously, in real life, what it takes to make a TV show or Movie possible for powers, would be clear to any man, woman, or dog that they don’t have powers, and that everything is set up either by technical effects or visual effects. This, however, IS a kid’s movie, so you can’t really discount it for having these plot holes. What you can discount it for is the graphics. Maybe back in 2008, these graphics were top of the line for Disney Animation, but their efforts documented on “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph” came out as superior.

I would say this film is moderately predictable, but not as much as you might expect. There are some unexpected turn of events thrown in here and there, but no matter how predictable it is or isn’t, it’s still fun and entertaining. So basically what I am trying to say here…is if you haven’t seen it, it’s a pretty well done movie, and it is entertaining. I would suggest it’s a great watch if you have kids, but if you don’t….I don’t think anyone would bust out crying if they missed it.


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