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The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action tv 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. There have been plenty of animated super-hero films. However, Bolt puts a spin on it. What if the dog was made to believe all of his life that he has super powers in order to capture reality and then escapes into the real world? While the ending is extraordinarily obvious, it's all about the journey. The character Bolt is genuinely lovable and a fun role to follow. He brings along an alley-cat, Mittens, and a crazed hamster, Rhino. The cat is the most level-headed and experienced out of the trio, although she's a nice travel companion for Bolt. I don't know how others feel about the hamster, but I found Rhino to be rather irritating. The humor infused with Bolt and Mittens is mixed quite well at times, but Rhino's never clicked with me. I found the character to be obnoxious. Thankfully, audiences don't see as much of him as we do Bolt and Mittens. The screenplay is very Disney-esque, if you know what I mean, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Bolt does what it needs to do and is pretty entertaining. I personally would have enjoyed to see a little bit more of Bolt as a superhero before seeing him powerless though.
Disney certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to the visuals. The CGi is great. It's highly detailed, crystal clear, and smooth. Neither the film or the visuals are up to Pixar standards, but it still looks very good. The audio is extraordinary, to say the least. Instead of simply being overly loud, this track focuses on being clear and accurate, which is always a great substitute. The dialogue is always easy to understand while the music and effects come through very nicely through the front speakers. Each of the surround speakers are filled with plenty of sound to fully immerse the viewers. The bass output is punchy, tight, and accurate. I couldn't possibly be happier with this audio track.
Bolt is ultimately entertaining, yet flawed. It simply isn't very memorable. It's very entertaining while watching and is a very sweet Disney animated flick, but it doesn't offer much to be different from the many other animated movies we see from DreamWorks and Pixar, although both of those companies have been making better animated films. While I had fun with the movie, I simply don't understand how this film got an Oscar nod. Bolt offers a good way for the family to spend a Saturday night, but there are much better animated films around that I recommend over this movie.