Perhaps you are in a household in which a child is watching the same movie over and over again. Sometimes, you can divert them with a nice selection from the recent past. “Bolt” (2008) is likely to charm any dog-loving youngster and many adults as well.
“Bolt” centers on a dog, Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), who having an identity crisis. It is not his fault, though. Bolt is the star of a popular science fiction television series in which he depicts a canine superhero complete with extraordinary powers. His human costar, Penny (voiced by Miley Cyrus), wants to take Bolt on a vacation, but she is told not to do so since the dog has been programmed to think everything that happens on the show is real. The show’s producers crave higher ratings among adult audiences, so they write an episode that ends in a cliffhanger. Bolt and Penny are separated. He is determined to save her and escapes from their trailer. He ends up in a shipping box that takes him from Los Angeles to New York City. Here, he meets Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), a streetwise ally cat. Bolt forces her to take him to Los Angeles to save Penny. On the way, they team up with a hamster, Rhino (voiced by Mark Walton). As Bolt spends more and more time in the real world, he finds he does not have special powers.
“Bolt” has great animation and some great action scenes. These scenes are well done and show the characters are often in a lot of danger.
John Travolta is a good dog. The veteran actor has a lot of fun with this atypical role. He is amusing since Bolt struggles to accept that his powers are not real.
Dog lovers and fans of clever story-telling will find “Bolt” very entertaining.