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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
6.21 /10
Voices: John Travolta , Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman
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Directed by: Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Written by: Dan Fogelman, Chris Williams

Released: 2008
Origin: US
Length: 96

Formulaic but fun, a clever, funny family film with a winning voice-over from John Travolta, playing a dog who thinks he’s a superhero, but is really just a canine actor in a successful TV series.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The plot mainly consists of his discovering, like Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies, that he has no super-powers. And there are echoes of The Incredible Journey, as the dog finds himself separated from his owner, so that he has to travel across America with two companions, to find her.

In addition to the over-familiar plot, there are too many in-jokes about Hollywood agents and action-movie cliches. These should amuse adults, but they may confuse small children. For all Bolt’s faults, there’s an ironic sensibility and visual wit that raise it far above this week’s more solemn releases. It bodes well for the future of Walt Disney animation under Pixar’s John Lasseter.

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