Just when you think Disney couldn’t possible impress you with another PG animated film, they somehow manage to pull a rabbit out of their hat. While not as cosmically mesmerizing as this summer’s WALL.E, Bolt definitely has the goods to make for a fun outing at the movies for both kids and adults.
With the help of his owner Penny (Miley Cyrus), Bolt (John Travolta) is a super powered canine with amazing powers trying to stop the evil Dr Calico (Malcom McDowell). Trouble is, Bolt doesn’t know he’s part of a TV show and that none of his adventures or powers are quite real. Enter the plot twist. Through a mishap at the studio where he works, our wonderdog finds himself far from Hollywood and out in the real world, where he must fend for himself without his amazing abilities. Throw in a street smart alley cat named Mittens (Susie Essman), an over the top fanboy hamster Rhino (Mark Walton), and we have the perfect scenario to help our four legged friend find his way back home and realize that you don’t need to be super to save the day.
As you may have already guessed the plot of this kiddie adventure is quite simple and predictable. What you might not be expecting is how truly enjoyable and surprisingly entertaining it all is. Aside from giving you warm fuzzies all over, Bolt’s CGI action scene’s are some of the best I’ve come across. Expertly directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, the story is properly paced full of laughs, life lessons, and the all important feel good ending. By the way, everybody in midwest America is fat, just accept it and move on.
While the overall look of the film deserves praise, the real stars here are the vocals. I never thought I’d say this, but Travolta does a great job with the lead and actually made me want to watch him again. Top kudos have to go to Mark Walton and Greg Germann, who steal every scene they’re in as only a fat hamster and annoying talent agent could.
So while everyone else is seeing that lame vampire movie this weekend (YAWN!) go see a movie actually worth your coin. Who knows, you may even want a puppy afterwards.