Directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams
A canine celeb learns he’s just an average dog.
Bolt is a “doggie movie worth barking about,” said Leah Rozen in People. In Disney’s latest animated adventure, Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is the canine star of his own TV show. Thrust into the real world, he discovers he’s not the superhero he plays on TV. After accidentally landing in real-life Manhattan, he begins an eye-opening journey back to Hollywood and his owner Penny (Miley Cyrus). Bolt marks the first film released under Disney Animation’s new chief, Pixar mastermind John Lasseter, said Christy LeMire in the Associated Press. While the Mouse House steps it up with 3-D effects here, the film “lacks the complexity of story and depth of character” of Wall-E, Toy Story, and the other classic Pixar films. Too often Bolt feels “familiar rather than groundbreaking, safe when it should be moving.” Bolt may not measure up to Pixar standards, said Dan Kois in The Washington Post. But it “works hard” to please its target audience, and undoubtedly is the “most entertaining and well-crafted Disney Animation movie in years.”
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