LIKE A "BOLT" OF THE BLUE...
Posted on Apr 02 2009 by Greg
is the story of a dog who, in a “Truman Show” way, is convinced from birth that he lives the life of a fictional TV show and proves his real-life worth to the world and himself. Bolt is a movie that was convinced by the U.S box office receipts that it was an underachiever when in reality it is one of the finest of Disney's recent animated features. Much speculation has surrounded the reasons for the grosses, two being the marketing angles and its competition on the same premiere weekend.
It's a smash in the United Kingdom and is sure to hit big on DVD, especially in this nicely-packaged edition. If you're fortunate enough to have a Blu-Ray player, the magnificent artistry described in the bonus features will be especially apparent. There is a fine series of mini-documentaries about the making of the film and a very funny new short, Super Rhino,
starring the breakout character
, though the pop culture reference at the film's conclusion will become as dated as a Monkees
throwback. I suppose that's okay because it's a short and not the film itself.
And the film itself is very entertaining. While there is always comment about whether the voice work of John Travolta
and Miley Cyrus
was any better than that of an actor who specializes in voice work, they did not phone in their performances. Travolta enthusiastically treated this role as if it was his big break, when he could have done otherwise. And it's nice to hear the duo sing together.
The supporting characters, and their voices, steal the movie, which is nothing new in Disney films, including those from Walt's day. In addition to Disney artist-turned-voice artists Mark Walton
(you have to love the guy when you see his reaction on the bonus material after getting the role) as Rhino the Hamster, Susie Essman
is marvelous as Mittens (which was our cat's name too!). Even Diedrich Bader
, whose voice work deserves more acclaim, makes the most of a very small role in the early portion of the film.
There are three versions
on DVD/Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray version
offers the movie in dazzling, wondrous glory on a Blu-Ray disc along with the extras, plus a standard DVD of the film plus a digital disc for free downloading. If you want the extras on standard DVD, you'll need the Deluxe DVD edition,
which includes all of the above except Blu-Ray. There is also a standard single-disc DVD edition