Bolt is an animated flick about a dog, that’s all i knew about the movie as I went in for it. Being a fan of animated films apart from being an animal lover I had high expectations from this movie and it did not disappoint.
Sitting amongst a truckload of children, who just can’t eat popcorn without spilling it, I dreaded that it would be a herculean task to watch the movie in peace. The movie began and the noisy kids just did not matter. The onscreen action began within 2 minutes, the first ten minutes make you wonder if you are watching a trailer of a film, such is the pace of the story telling. The animation is ultra-realistic but at the same time keeps the cartoon element of the movie alive. Its amazing how off-late a lot of animated movie seem to stress on great animation (almost too real) and pay no heed to story lines or lovable characters. Bolt is a great mix of all of the above.
The story revolves around a dog who has spent all is life on the sets of a TV show, not knowing that he is just an actor. The dog is fooled into believing that he has special powers like Superbark, and a stare that melts metal amongst many others. His person, Penny and he are always trying to save Penny’s father from the evil man with a green eye. Unfortunately for Bolt he is transported from the sets in Hollywood to the New York.
The journey back is a path of self-realization for Bolt and acceptance of the fact that he is just another cute dog. In the process he befriends a cat(Mittens) and a hamster (Rhino). Mittens is a very lovable character and reminds us of Dorry (Nemo) and Ellie (Iceage 2). It’s hilarious to see a cat, who teaches a dog “How to be a dog”, join forces with a hamster, who strongly believes that Bolt IS actually a Superdog, helping Bolt on his journey back. Along the way other cute characters like pigeons & two cats (who pick on Bolt) add to the humor element of the movie.
The movie keeps you gripped all along the ride with great sequences, witty dialogues and a great background score. As the movie ended I just wanted to go home and check if my dog could “Superbark”. Overall it’s a must-watch for animated movie lovers, and all you parents who plan to take your kids, teach your children how to eat popcorn without spilling it.
Final Verdict:- Walt Disney hits another home run with BOLT. It’s a shame that it released in USA in Nov 2008 and India had to wait so long.