Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bolt is fully awesome!

For super-dog BOLT (John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue – at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet – a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (Miley Cyrus). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions -- a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (Mark Walton) -- Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Last night was the prescreening of Bolt and I gotta say that I LOVED it! LOL I'm a huge fan of animated movies and I've been excited about this one ever since I saw the first trailer. So, Bolt is this incredible dog with superpowers (super speed, laser sight, and a super bark). His biggest job is to protect his owner, Penny from the green eyed man, Dr. Calico, but when he fails and loses her it becomes his mission to rescue her....the thing is...none of this is real. Bolt is the star of his own television show, but he doesn't know it. None of the world he knows is real (except the love that Penny feels for him). When he breaks free of the Hollywood set that he calls home and accidentally shipped to New York he slowly gets a reality check like no other. Since Dr. Calico uses cats as his pets he enlists the help of Mittens to lead him back to Penny. Along the way in a Ohio campground they meet Rhino the hamster who just happens to be Bolts biggest fan. Mittens is the first to realize that things are not as they seem with Bolt. She then makes it her mission to teach Bolt how to be a regular dog. Upon getting back to Hollywood Bolt finds out that he has been replaced (much to the disliking of Penny) and decides to leave her be until there is a fire on the set. Then it's Bolt to the rescue!
Another great Disney movie. The animation was great and the voice actors really did a great job. And even though the movie is titled Bolt, Rhino steals the show with every scene that he's in. Voiced by Mark Walton, Rhino appoints himself as Bolt's sidekick. In one of my favorite scenes, while the duo goes to rescue Mittens from the animal shelter, Bolt sees a guard reading a paper and Rhino's response is "I'll snap his neck." A little guy with a lot of heart. You'll find yourself laughing at everything he says because all the way through he believes Bolt is who he says he is. He's Rhino's hero. There's quite a bit here for all ages. The dog who is a hero even if he doesn't have super powers, the smart talking cat, and the hamster with a hero's heart. Go and see this movie. I highly recommend it! 4 on my "Go See" scale.
WTF? Moment : After Bolt breaks out of the box in New York he's seen running down the street with quite a few pieces of Styrofoam packing peanuts covering his body, but if you notice there is one peanut that is on his side close to his bolt. As he runs through the city looking for Penny the peanut is there, but as he attempts to jump over the hole in the sidewalk the Styrofoam peanut disappears then magically reappears when he climbs out of the hole after his failed attempt to jump it.

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