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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Produced by
Chris Williams Byron Howard Clark Spencer John Lasseter Idea Chris Sanders
Screenplay Chris Williams Dan Fogelman John Travolta Miley Cyrus
Susie Essman Mark Walton Malcolm McDowell
Editing by Distributed by
Tim Mertens Walt Disney Pictures North America November 21, 2008 Australia January 1, 2009 United Kingdom February 6, 2009
Running time Country Language Budget
96 min. United States English $150,000,000 Domestic: $113,643,011 Worldwide: $286,244,489
Bolt is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and is the 48th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animation Studios canon. The film stars the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Claire Holt, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, Greg Germann, Susie Essman and Mark Walton. The film's plot centers around a small white dog named Bolt who, having spent his entire life on the set of a television series, thinks that he has super powers. When he believes that his human, Penny, has been kidnapped, he sets out on a cross-country journey to "rescue" her. The film is directed by Chris Williams, who previously worked on Mulan and The Emperor's New Groove. Bolt was released on November 21, 2008, and received an 85% "Certified Fresh" approval rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes  and was rated PG by the MPAA for some mild action and peril, and is Walt Disney Animation Studios' first computer-animated film to be rated PG since 2000's Dinosaur. As with earlier CGI Disney films, such as Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, Bolt was also distributed in Disney Digital 3-D in the theaters equipped for it. The film was released in the UK on February 6, 2009 in 3D format on approximately 100 screens, and was widely released in 2D the following week.
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1 Plot 2 Production o 2.1 Appearance o 2.2 Character design 3 Cast 4 Soundtrack and score 5 Release o 5.1 Premiere o 5.2 Home release 6 Marketing 7 Short 8 Reception o 8.1 Critical reaction o 8.2 Box office 9 Video game 10 See also 11 References 12 External links
A girl named Penny (Miley Cyrus) and her dog Bolt (John Travolta) star on a hit television series called Bolt in which the titular character has various superpowers and must constantly thwart the evil plans of the nefarious Doctor Calico (Malcolm McDowell). Because Bolt has lived his entire life on a soundstage, and believes he really is his fictional counterpart, he doesn't know how to live like a normal dog. After filming completes for one episode, Bolt escapes from his on-set trailer mistakenly believing Penny has been kidnapped by the television villain. He attempts to break through a window, knocking himself unconscious as he falls into a box of styrofoam. With no one aware Bolt is in the box, it is shipped from Hollywood to New York City. In New York, he meets Mittens (Susie Essman), a female alley cat who bullies pigeons out of their food. Because Mittens is a cat similar to one owned by Doctor Calico, Bolt forces her to help him get back to Hollywood, and the two start their journey westward. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Penny is deeply saddened over Bolt's disappearance but is forced by the studio to continue filming with a Bolt lookalike. Meanwhile, on the journey back home, Bolt starts to notice that his superpowers aren't working, so he rationalizes this is the effect that styrofoam has on his body (much like Kryptonite affects Superman). Surprised at his first feelings of both pain and hunger, Bolt manages to get food on the road thanks to the training of Mittens, who shows him how to look like a cute, needy dog. At the
campsite, they meet Rhino (Mark Walton), a fearless, TV-obsessed hamster and huge Bolt fan who joins their team. Mittens tries to convince Bolt that his superpowers aren't real, but their discussion is cut short by the arrival of Animal Control, who captures them both. Bolt vows to rescue Mittens, and does so with the help of Rhino.They escape with the help of an exploding oxygen tank. The cross-country journey continues and Bolt learns to enjoy typical dog activities (such as hanging his head out the window), but Mittens refuses to go farther than Las Vegas. She tells Bolt that his Hollywood life is fake and there is no real love for him there. Her emotional rant reveals that she was once a house cat, but was abandoned by her previous owner and left to brave the harsh streets alone and declawed. Bolt refuses to believe that Penny doesn't love him, and continues on alone, wishing Mittens the best. Rhino convinces Mittens that they must help him, and the two set off to find Bolt once again. Bolt returns to the studio and is heartbroken to find Penny embracing his lookalike, unaware that Penny still misses him and that her affection for the lookalike was only a part of a rehearsal for the show. Witnessing this, and realizing that Penny truly does love Bolt, Mittens confronts Bolt and manages to clear up the misunderstanding. Back on the set, the Bolt-lookalike panics during filming and accidentally knocks over some torches, setting the sound stage on fire and trapping Penny. Bolt arrives and reunites with Penny, and manages to get themselves rescued. Penny and her mother subsequently quit the show when their agent attempts to exploit the incident for publicity purposes. The show continues with a replacement "Bolt" and "Penny", but seems to have jumped the shark with an alien abduction storyline that even Rhino considers silly. Penny herself adopts Mittens and Rhino, and moves to a rural home to enjoy a simpler, happy lifestyle with Bolt and her new pets.
At first, the film was going to be titled American Dog, and was written and directed by Chris Sanders (director of Lilo & Stitch). Eventually, Sanders was removed from the project and replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard.  The film's previous plot told the story of a dog named Henry, a famous TV star, who one day finds himself stranded in the Nevada desert with a testy, one-eyed cat and an oversized, radioactive rabbit who are themselves searching for new homes, all the while believing he is still on television. In 2006, after becoming Chief Creative Officer at Disney, John Lasseter along with other directors from Pixar and Disney viewed a couple of early cuts of the film and gave Chris Sanders notes on how to improve the story. According to Lasseter, Chris Sanders was replaced because Sanders resisted the changes that Lasseter and the other directors had suggested. Lasseter was quoted as saying "Chris Sanders is extremely talented, but he couldn’t take it to the place it had to be."  After Sanders left and the original title removed, the animation team was told to complete the movie in just 18 months instead of the usual four years that is normally required to produce a computer-animated feature. In June 8, 2007, Disney announced that the film, now under its current name, would be released on November 21, 2008 in Disney Digital 3-D.
The look of the film was inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and the cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond. As in Rapunzel, new technology in nonphotorealistic rendering (NPR) was used to give it a special visual appearance. To give the movie's 3D backgrounds a hand-painted look, the company artists used new patented technology designed specifically for the movie.
The design of Rhino in his plastic ball was based on executive producer John Lasseter's pet chinchilla, which was brought to an animators' retreat during the film's production.
Cast John Travolta Miley Cyrus Susie Essman Mark Walton Bolt Penny Mittens Rhino Role
Malcolm McDowell Dr. Calico Nick Swardson Diedrich Bader Chloë Moretz Greg Germann Blake Veteran Cat Young Penny The Agent
James Lipton Randy Savage Kari Wahlgren  Grey Delisle
The Director Thug Mindy Penny's Mom
Soundtrack and score
The score to Bolt was composed by John Powell. The soundtrack featured the film's score and two original songs - "I Thought I Lost You" by Bolt's stars John Travolta and Miley Cyrus (nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song on 2009) as well as "Barking at the Moon" by Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis. The soundtrack was released on November 18, 2008. Although Motörhead has a song in the film, they do not seem to appear in either the soundtrack or the score. Motörhead's song, "Dog-Face Boy" (from their Sacrifice album) is in a mailroom scene where a young worker is listening to it on his headphones and inadvertently wraps Bolt up in a box that gets shipped off to New York City.  1. "I Thought I Lost You" by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus — 3:36 2. "Barking at the Moon" by Jenny Lewis — 3:17 3. "Meet Bolt" — 1:49 4. "Bolt Transforms" — 1:00 5. "Scooter Chase" — 2:29 6. "New York" — 1:44 7. "Meet Mittens" — 1:25 8. "The RV Park" — 2:14 9. "A Fast Train" — 2:38 10. "Where Were You on St. Rhino's Day?" — 1:58 11. "Sing-Along Rhino" — 0:42 12. "Saving Mittens" — 1:02 13. "House on Wheels" — 3:07 14. "Las Vegas" — 2:01 15. "A Friend in Need" — 1:13 16. "Rescuing Penny" — 3:09 17. "A Real Life Superbark" — 0:46 18. "Unbelievable TV" — 1:20 19. "Home at Last/Barking at the Moon (Reprise)" — 1:29
Latin American Edition 1. "Ladrando a la Luna" by Kudai — 3:17
The premiere was held at El Capitan Theatre on November 16, 2008 in the arrivals and red carpet attended by John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, Greg Germann, Susie Essman, and Randy Savage. Following the announcement by John Lasseter in December 2006 that all future Disney releases will have a theatrical short, the release was accompanied by the Cars Toons Tokyo Mater (also in 3D where available).
Bolt will be released on Blu-ray Disc with a standard DVD and Digital Copy on March 22, 2009 and on single disc DVD and Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy on March 24, 2009.
A trailer for the film was released on June 27, 2008, preceding WALL-E. A second trailer for the film was released on October 3, 2008, preceding Beverly Hills Chihuahua, along with trailers for Bedtime Stories and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, before which a third trailer for the film shown, on October 24, 2008.
A short film called "Super Rhino" will be included in the DVD and BD versions of the film.
Rotten Tomatoes reported that 85% of critics gave positive reviews based on 120 reviews.  Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the a 68/100 approval rating based on 28 reviews following under the category "generally favorable reviews".  Perry Seibert of TV Guide gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and wrote the film "amuses both those who make up the film's target audience and the parents along for the ride. This
winning mix of exciting action, heart-tugging sentiment, and gentle character comedy makes Bolt yet another solid addition to Disney's history of family-friendly fare."  Tasha Robinson of the A.V. Club gave the film a B+ stating that "Bolt is the studio's first film since Lilo & Stitch that feels like it's trying to recapture the old Disney instead of aggressively shedding it in favor of something slick and new. And yet it comes with a healthy cutting-edge Pixar flavor as well."  Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times compared Bolt towards The Truman Show and stated in his review "[Bolt] also has an intriguing plot that is kind of the family animation version of the Jim Carrey-starring "The Truman Show."
On its opening weekend, the film opened #3 with $26,223,128 behind Twilight and Quantum of Solace.. On its second weekend, it rose to #2 behind Four Christmases with a 1.4% increase. As of February 20, 2009, the film has grossed $113,643,011 in Canada and the United States and $286,244,489 worldwide.
Main article: Bolt (video game) A video game based on the film was released on November 18, 2008 for Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and also for mobile phone. The game focuses on Bolt's fake TV life, not the actual movie storyline. An application has also been released for the app version of Apple's iTunes Store, called RhinoBall.
List of Disney theatrical animated features
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Horizons. http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/070608o.php. Retrieved on 2007-06-10.
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Preceded by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Box office number-one films of 2009 (UK) February 15, 2009 – February 22, 2009
Succeeded by Watchmen
Disney theatrical animated features
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) • Pinocchio (1940) • Fantasia (1940) • Dumbo (1941) • Bambi (1942) • Saludos Amigos (1942) • The Three Caballeros (1944) • Make Mine Music (1946) • Fun and Fancy Free (1947) • Melody Time (1948) • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) • Cinderella (1950) • Alice in Wonderland (1951) • Peter Pan (1953) • Lady and the Tramp (1955) • Sleeping Beauty (1959) • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) • The Sword in the Stone (1963) • The Jungle Book (1967) • The Aristocats (1970) • Robin Hood (1973) • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) • The Rescuers (1977) • The Fox and the Hound (1981) • Official canon The Black Cauldron (1985) • The Great Mouse Detective (1986) • Oliver & Company (1988) • The Little Mermaid (1989) • The Rescuers Down Under (1990) • Beauty and the Beast (1991) • Aladdin (1992) • The Lion King (1994) • Pocahontas (1995) • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) • Hercules (1997) • Mulan (1998) • Tarzan (1999) • Fantasia 2000 (1999) • Dinosaur (2000) • The Emperor's New Groove (2000) • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) • Lilo & Stitch (2002) • Treasure Planet (2002) • Brother Bear (2003) • Home on the Range (2004) • Chicken Little (2005) • Meet the Robinsons (2007) • Bolt (2008) • The Princess and the Frog (2009) • Rapunzel (2010) • King of the Elves (2012) The Reluctant Dragon (1941) • Victory Through Air Power (1943) • Song of the South (1946) • So Dear to My Heart Live-action films (1949) • Mary Poppins (1964) • Bedknobs and with animation Broomsticks (1971) • Pete's Dragon (1977) • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) • Enchanted (2007) DisneyToon DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) •
A Goofy Movie (1995) • Doug's 1st Movie (1999) • The Tigger Movie (2000) • Recess: School's Out (2001) • features Return to Never Land (2002) • The Jungle Book 2 (2003) • Piglet's Big Movie (2003) • Teacher's Pet (2004) • Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) • Bambi II* (2006) Toy Story (1995) • A Bug's Life (1998) • Toy Story 2 (1999) • Monsters, Inc. (2001) • Finding Nemo (2003) • Pixar Animation Studios The Incredibles (2004) • Cars (2006) • Ratatouille (2007) • WALL-E (2008) • Up (2009) • Toy Story 3 (2010) • Cars 2 (2011) • The Bear and the Bow (2011) • Newt (2012) The Brave Little Toaster (1987) • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) • James and the Giant Peach (1996) • Other Valiant (2005) • The Wild (2006) • A Christmas Carol (2009) • Alice in Wonderland (2010) Walt Disney Animation Studios • Pixar Animation Studios • DisneyToon Studios Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolt_(2008_film)" Categories: English-language films | 2008 films | American films | Animated comedy films | Computer-animated films | Fantasy films | Films about dogs | Films featuring anthropomorphic characters | Disney animated features canon Hidden categories: Wikipedia semi-protected pages See also
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