Bolt (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Bolt (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 58,716 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
  • Release Date: 21 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Budget: $150,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $114,053,579(USA)(22 February 2009)
  • Stars: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus and Susie Essman
  • Original Music By: John Powell   
  • Soundtrack: I Thought I Lost You
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES
  • Plot Keyword: Superpower | Dog | Hamster | Cat | New York

Writing Credits By:

  • Dan Fogelman (screenplay) &
  • Chris Williams (screenplay)
  • Byron Howard (additional screenplay material) and
  • Jared Stern (additional screenplay material)

Known Trivia

  • Bolt is an American White Shepherd.
  • The diesel locomotives pulling the freight train that Bolt swings onto from the bridge are EMD SD70MACs, owned by CSX. Some of the train cars are Gunderson 48′ All-Purpose well cars, owned by Trailer Train Corporation (TTX).
  • Miley Cyrus was not the first choice for Penny. Chloë Grace Moretz voiced the entire film before Miley was placed on the project.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When Rhino is switching channels while watching TV.
  • The design of Rhino in his plastic ball was based on John Lasseter’s pet chinchilla, which was brought to an animators’ retreat during the film’s production.
  • Originally developed by Chris Sanders (creator and co-director of Lilo & Stitch) as “American Dog”, with a similar storyline, but with major location and character changes. The titular dog, named Henry, originally had much more of a “Stitch” look, the character of Mittens was originally Ogo, a male cat with an eye patch who worked as a mechanic in a junkyard (this character eventually became the star of Sanders’ personal webcomic, “Kiskaloo”), Rhino was originally an oversized radioactive rabbit, and a lot of the movie took place in the deserts of the American Southwest (similar to the location of Pixar’s Cars). Sanders was replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, and the project was overhauled in late 2006.
  • The number on Bolt’s dog tag is the address of Disney’s feature animation building.
  • First Disney animated feature conceived and produced in 3-D. The two previous features, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, were converted to 3-D after the fact.
  • Storyboarded but not animated was a scene in Las Vegas, where Bolt (who was just passing through the city with Mittens and Rhino, and foraging for food) is confronted in a dark alley by two Doberman Pinschers, who proceed to brutally bum-rush him, and rip off his collar (complete with ironic quick cuts of clips from the “Bolt” TV show playing on a big TV display, which Rhino was watching, in the city nearby). Left for dead by the two dogs, Bolt, disillusioned, realizes that his “super powers” are not real (which was further emphasized when Bolt then sees the program for himself). The producers decided to nix this scene, as they not only felt that it was way too dark, but it didn’t fit into the story structurally.
  • When Penny is printing “LOST DOG” flyers, the last 4 digits of the phone number on the copier are: 8423. This makes the number (877) 504-8423. 877-504-8423 is a number reserved by ABC for movies and TV series. Calling it will provide the following short tape recorded message: “Thank you for calling ABC. The number you have reached is a fictional non-working number used for motion picture and television production.”

Goofs: Continuity: On the "Bolt" TV series episode at the beginning of the movie, as Bolt is holding the car containing the guard from the bridge, we see the approaching helicopters, then we see the bridge as seen from the approaching helicopters. From that perspective, there is no car hanging from the bridge.

Plot: The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. Full summary »  »

Story: Bolt, an American White Shepherd, has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, where he believes he has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident, he meets a female alley cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino. He's trying to find the way home, to the studio. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not real.Written by jcsmarchesi  


Synopsis: A girl named Penny and a dog named Bolt, who has various superpowers, must constantly thwart the evil plans of the nefarious Doctor Calico. However, little does Bolt know he is actually just a star on a hit television series called Bolt. To gain a more realistic performance, the TV show’s producers have deceived Bolt his entire life, arranging the filming in such a way that Bolt believes the television show is real and he really has superpowers. After filming completes for the latest episode, Bolt escapes from his on-set trailer when he mistakenly believes Penny has been kidnapped by the television villain. He attempts to break through a window, knocking himself unconscious and falls into a box of styrofoam peanuts. With no one aware Bolt is in the box, it is shipped from Hollywood to New York City. In New York, he meets Mittens, a female alley cat who bullies pigeons out of their food. Bolt, convinced Mittens is an evil nemesis who works for Doctor Calico, forces Mittens to help him get back to Hollywood, and the two start their journey westward on a truck. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Penny is deeply saddened over Bolt’s disappearance but is forced by the studio to continue filming with a Bolt lookalike. As their adventure proceeds, Bolt starts to notice that his superpowers aren’t working, and rationalizes this is the effect that styrofoam has on his body.

Surprised at his first feelings of both pain and hunger, Bolt is shown by Mittens how to act like a cute, but needy dog, and is rewarded by food. They meet Rhino, a fearless, TV-obsessed hamster and huge Bolt fan who joins their team. Mittens tries to convince Bolt that his superpowers aren’t real, but their discussion is cut short by the arrival of Animal Control, who captures them both and transports them to an animal shelter. After being freed en route by Rhino, Bolt finally realizes that he is just a normal dog, but regains his confidence after Rhino (oblivious to this revelation) gives him a pep talk. They rescue Mittens from the shelter and escape, allowing them to continue their journey. Along the way, Bolt learns to enjoy typical dog activities (such as hanging his head out the window and playing fetch), but Mittens refuses to go farther than Las Vegas. She tells Bolt that his Hollywood life is fake and there is no real love for him there. Her emotional rant reveals that she was once a house cat, but was abandoned by her previous owner and left to brave the harsh streets alone and declawed. Bolt refuses to believe that Penny doesn’t love him, and continues on alone, wishing Mittens the best. Rhino, learning of Bolt’s departure, convinces Mittens that they must help him, and the two set off to find Bolt once again.

Bolt reaches the studio, finding Penny embracing his lookalike. Unaware that Penny still misses him, and that her affection for the lookalike was only a part of a rehearsal for the show, he leaves brokenhearted. Mittens, on a gantry in the studio, sees what Bolt does not – Penny telling her mother how much she misses Bolt. Realizing that Penny truly does love Bolt, Mittens follows Bolt and explains. At the same time, the Bolt-lookalike panics during filming and accidentally knocks over some torches, setting the sound stage on fire and trapping Penny. Bolt arrives and reunites with Penny inside the burning studio, being rescued as they succumb to smoke asphyxiation.

Penny and her mother subsequently quit the show when their agent attempts to exploit the incident for publicity purposes. Penny herself adopts Mittens and Rhino, and moves to a rural home to enjoy a simpler, happy lifestyle with Bolt and her new pets. The show continues, but with Bolt’s original replacement and a new replacement for "Penny" with her appearance being explained in the show as being serious injuries necessitating her undergoing facial reconstruction surgery, and adopting an alien abduction storyline (one that even Rhino finds unrealistic, and Bolt finds "redonkulous").

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Produced By:

  • John Lasseter known as executive producer
  • Clark Spencer known as producer
  • Makul Wigert known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Travolta known as Bolt (voice)
  • Miley Cyrus known as Penny (voice)
  • Susie Essman known as Mittens (voice)
  • Mark Walton known as Rhino (voice)
  • Malcolm McDowell known as Dr. Calico (voice)
  • James Lipton known as The Director (voice)
  • Greg Germann known as The Agent (voice)
  • Diedrich Bader known as Veteran Cat (voice)
  • Nick Swardson known as Blake (voice)
  • J.P. Manoux known as Tom (voice)
  • Dan Fogelman known as Billy (voice)
  • Kari Wahlgren known as Mindy (voice)
  • Chloë Grace Moretz known as Young Penny (voice) (as Chloë Moretz)
  • Randy Savage known as Thug (voice)
  • Ronn Moss known as Dr. Forrester (voice)
  • Grey DeLisle known as Penny's Mom (voice)
  • Sean Donnellan known as Penny's TV Dad (voice)
  • Lino DiSalvo known as Vinnie (voice)
  • Todd Cummings known as Joey (voice)
  • Tim Mertens known as Bobby (voice)
  • Kelly Hoover known as Ester (voice) (as Kellie Hoover)
  • Brian Stepanek known as Martin (voice)
  • Jeff Bennett known as Lloyd (voice)
  • Daran Norris known as Louie (voice)
  • John Di Maggio known as Saul (voice)
  • Jenny Lewis known as Assistant Director (voice)
  • Stephen J. Anderson known as (voice) (as Stephen Anderson)
  • June Christopher known as (voice)
  • Christin Ciaccio Briggs known as (voice)
  • David Cowgill known as (voice)
  • Terri Douglas known as (voice)
  • Jackie Gonneau known as (voice)
  • Nathan Greno known as (voice)
  • Forrest Iwaszewski known as (voice)
  • Holly Kane known as (voice)
  • Daniel Kaz known as (voice)
  • Phil LaMarr known as (voice)
  • Anne Lockhart known as (voice)
  • Dara McGarry known as (voice)
  • Scott Menville known as (voice)
  • Jonathan Nichols known as (voice)
  • Paul Pape known as (voice)
  • Lynwood Robinson known as (voice)
  • Karen Ann Ryan known as (voice) (as Karen Ryan)
  • Tara Strong known as (voice)
  • Pepper Sweeney known as (voice)
  • Joe Whyte known as (voice)
  • Chris Williams known as (voice)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Art Department:

  • James Finn known as visual development artist (as Jim D. Finn)
  • Billy George known as visual development artist (as Mac George)
  • Jim Martin known as visual development artist
  • Kelly McGraw known as visual development artist
  • Gregory C. Miller known as visual development artist (as Gregory Miller)
  • Kevin Nelson known as visual development artist
  • Bill Perkins known as visual development artist
  • Jean-Christophe Poulain known as visual development artist (as Jean Christophe Poulain)
  • Dan Read known as visual development artist
  • David Womersley known as visual development artist
  • Sean Eckols known as visual development (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Walt Disney Pictures

Other Companies:

  • The Hollywood Studio Orchestra  score performed by
  • Jo Anne Kane Music Services  music preparation (as Joann Kane Music Service)
  • Skywalker Sound  sound services
  • Buena Vista Sound  sound services
  • Ignite Creative  title design
  • Walt Disney Records  soundtrack
  • Howard Schwartz Recording  dialogue recording studio
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy film security (uncredited)
  • Technicolor  release printing

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  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Falcon (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Saturn Enternainment (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • The Walt Disney Company (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Disney Blu-ray (2009) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Brad Achorn known as effects assistant technical director
  • Virgilio John Aquino known as character technical director
  • Brett Boggs known as effects animator
  • Ian J. Coony known as effects animator
  • Patrick Dalton known as effects animator
  • Peter DeMund known as effects animator
  • James DeValera Mansfield known as effects animator (as James DeV. Mansfield)
  • Mark Empey known as CG supervisor
  • Frank Hanner known as simulation lead
  • Mike Harris known as stereoscopic technical director
  • Geoffrey Harvey known as senior lighter (as Geoff Harvey)
  • David Hutchins known as effects animator
  • Byung Gun Jung known as look dev artist
  • Michael Kaschalk known as effects lead
  • Ted Kierscey known as effects animator
  • Bill Konersman known as effects animator
  • Robert Lariz known as assistant technical director
  • Kevin Lee known as effects animator (as Kevin K. Lee)
  • Dale Mayeda known as effects supervisor
  • Dara McGarry known as effects assistant technical director
  • Tim Molinder known as effects animator (as Timothy Molinder)
  • Darren Mortillaro known as character technical director
  • John Murrah known as visual effects supervisor
  • Daniel Naulin known as effects animator (as Dan Naulin)
  • Mike Navarro known as effects animator
  • Troy Nethercott known as production department manager: visual development & design
  • Simon O'Connor known as effects animator
  • Susan Polk Little known as cloth/hair lead (pre-production ) (as Suzi Hammon)
  • Robert Rosenblum known as effects animator
  • Kee Nam Suong known as effects animator
  • Sunny Teich known as assistant technical director: look dev
  • Erich Turner known as effects animator (as D. Erich Turner)
  • Cesar Velazquez known as effects animator
  • Bruce Wright known as effects animator
  • Héctor M. Ortiz known as effects trainee (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 17 November 2008 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 21 November 2008
  • USA 21 November 2008
  • Philippines 26 November 2008
  • Russia 26 November 2008
  • Kazakhstan 27 November 2008
  • Italy 28 November 2008
  • Poland 28 November 2008
  • Indonesia 3 December 2008
  • Israel 4 December 2008
  • Singapore 4 December 2008
  • Spain 5 December 2008
  • Venezuela 5 December 2008
  • Portugal 11 December 2008
  • Egypt 17 December 2008
  • Ukraine 18 December 2008
  • Bulgaria 19 December 2008
  • Mexico 19 December 2008
  • Taiwan 19 December 2008
  • Chile 25 December 2008
  • Peru 25 December 2008
  • Iceland 26 December 2008
  • Turkey 26 December 2008
  • China 28 December 2008
  • South Korea 31 December 2008
  • Australia 1 January 2009
  • Brazil 1 January 2009
  • Argentina 15 January 2009
  • Croatia 15 January 2009
  • Austria 22 January 2009
  • Germany 22 January 2009
  • Hong Kong 22 January 2009
  • Switzerland 22 January 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Estonia 23 January 2009
  • Hungary 29 January 2009
  • France 4 February 2009
  • Switzerland 4 February 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Greece 5 February 2009
  • Denmark 6 February 2009
  • Ireland 6 February 2009
  • Norway 6 February 2009
  • Sweden 6 February 2009
  • UK 6 February 2009
  • Belgium 11 February 2009
  • Netherlands 11 February 2009
  • Finland 13 February 2009
  • Latvia 13 February 2009
  • Czech Republic 19 February 2009
  • Slovakia 19 February 2009
  • Thailand 5 March 2009
  • Denmark 21 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival) (3-D version)
  • Czech Republic 3 May 2009 (AniFest Film Festival)
  • Japan 1 August 2009
  • Argentina 7 November 2009 (Mar del Plata Film Festival) (3-D version)

MPAA: Rated PG for some mild action and peril


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