Most of the time watching an animated kid’s film with my two sons is just an excuse to get a small catnap in. I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down to Bolt the other night. Wow. When the credits rolled at the end I couldn’t hardly believe I was still conscience. It actually held my attention for an hour and a half.
In the movie, “super-dog Bolt’s every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue – at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the canine 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. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions – a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens and TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino – Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero.”
Bolt really is a charming and fun little film for the whole family to enjoy. It was very well paced and the comedy was broad enough to where even adults would think it was funny. The story was very inspired and had some great comic moments. My wife also kept saying that it was cute over and over again, so you can take that for what it’s worth.
The voice acting was very well matched to the animation and everyone did a really good job with their parts. Travolta gave Bolt a very good mix of naïve courage and vulnerability. Miley Cyrus did a great job at showing the heartbreak over losing her pet and not wanting to give up the search. The real comedy relief in the movie comes from the starstruck hamster Rhino. His blind belief that Bolt really is a superhero makes for some great moments. He also has some hilarious scenes trying to help Bolt out with perilous situations. And what negative could anyone say about the great Malcolm McDowell and his voice talent as Dr. Calico.
As usual, the animation in Bolt is excellent, smooth, and crisp. It’s not Pixar, but just as good in a different style. It’s everything you would expect from a quality Disney film from their animation department. This is definitely not an animated film to write off like so many. It kept me awake, and that’s saying a lot. I have sleep apnea and could sleep through Armageddon.