Bolt is the new movie from Disney, with excellent animation, a great cast, and an unsurprisingly predictable story. John Travolta, Miley Cyrus and Susie Essman seem like an incredibly unlikely cast, but they all fit their characters quite well. Don’t even get me started on Rhino the hamster, an adorable creation who automatically steals any scene he’s in.
Bolt is a super-dog, with powers such as speed, strength, and the famous ‘Super-Bark’, who saves his owner Penny from the bad guys every time. Except there’s one problem. It’s all just a TV show.
However, Bolt has been brought up to genuinely believe that he has powers. So when he thinks Penny is in danger, he escapes from the set and is accidentally shipped from Los Angeles to New York.
Now with the help of a sarcastic cat voiced by none other than Susie Essman and a plump hamster named Rhino, self-described as Bolt’s “#1 fan”, Bolt must get back to Los Angeles.
Surprisingly the action is really cool here, 100x cooler than anything in that one movie that I hated (Twilight, I’m talking to you). The beginning of the film is basically one big, long action sequence that is geninuely, legimately, awesome. It completely sets the film up.
Many times throughout the film you have to suspend your disbelief, which is perfectly alright with a Disney movie. John Travolta is good, he’s always sort of been one of my favorite actors. Miley Cyrus is okay although shes barely on for 15 minutes despite receiving second billing on all the trailers and such.
Bolt has the potty humor for the little kids, the action for the teens, and the broad humor for the adults. In other words, it’s a family flick worth seeing. B+