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Bolt (2008)

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Taglines: Real life's a total adventure!

Director: Byron Howard, Chris Williams

Writers: Dan Fogelman, Chris Williams, Byron Howard, Jared Stern, ...

Stars: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, ...

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.
Miley Cyrus was not the first choice for Penny. Chloë Grace Moretz voiced the entire film before Miley was placed on the project.
(at around 30 mins) The number on Bolt's dog tag is the address of Disney's feature animation building.
First film to be released on Blu-Ray before DVD.
Bolt is an American White Shepherd.
Originally, Mittens was to be called Mister Mittens as her masters never took the time to check if she was male or female.
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.
In order to properly animate Rhino, the crew adopted a real hamster which they called Doink and filmed it from beneath while it was walking on a sheet of Plexiglas. Thus they were able to see how Rhino would walk in his plastic ball.
The first Walt Disney Studios film produced under chief creative officer John Lasseter's management.
WILHELM SCREAM: When Rhino is switching channels while watching TV.
First Disney animated feature conceived and produced in 3-D. The two previous features, Chicken Little (2005) and Meet the Robinsons (2007), were converted to 3-D after the fact.
The "Bolt" TV show (and thus, Bolt's alias) was originally going to be called "The Omega Dog".
The studio lot shown in Bolt is a recreation of the Riverside Dr entrance to the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California.
Jenny Lewis originally wrote and recorded two songs for this film, but one was replaced with "I Thought I Lost You" performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta.
In France, all the cinemas carrying the 3D version of the film showed it exclusively in its French dub. As such, viewers who wanted to see the film in English (with subtitles) had no choice but to see the 2D version.
When the animals arrive at the Hollywood studio, a car pulls up and the security guard is distracted by the driver who has an appointment with "Joe Mateo". Joseph Mateo is one of the studio artists listed in the movie's credits.
Bolt's archenemy is named Dr. Calico. Appropriately, Calico is a type of cat.
The crew found it difficult to find a balance for Mittens' appearance, between her neglected mangy fur, her hooligan side due to her miserable life on the streets and parts of softer fur still visible from every angle.
Despite the film being fully computer animated, the crew still relied heavily on hand-drawn storyboards.
The hotel/casinos shown in the Las Vegas scenes actually exist.
The guard's weapons are of a bull-pup design, placing the trigger before the magazine.
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).
Bolt's carrot chew toy is a visual reference to Carrot, a character in early segments of the weekly Internet puppet show "Funday Pawpet Show", a favorite broadcast among many Florida Disney creative personal, some of who have made appearances on the show.
According to executive producer John Lasseter, the film's emotional center is Bolt's journey and the personal evolution it provokes in him.
A surprise nominee for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, it lost out to PIXAR's WALL·E (2008).
John Travolta was always the first choice to provide the voice for Bolt.
To help the crew relax under the film's punishing schedule, and also to give them a peek into the mindset of Rhino, a giant inflatable hamster ball was set up in the studio.
Once the replacement animation team was in place, following a swap around in directors and the film's vision, the production had only 18 months to complete the film, instead of the usual four years that a computer animated film takes to produce.
The Disney artists incorporated brushstrokes into the artwork to soften up the angular lines of the CGI animation.
Penny is seen reading the "Tiger Beat" magazine while Bolt is seen reading the "Dog Fancy" magazine.
Keeping Bolt ignorant of the fact that everything is fake, is similar to the Jim Carrey movie " The Truman Show".
When Rhino is first introduced and is seen flipping through channels on TV, the 1983 show "Press Your Luck" (or the 2002 revival known as "Whammy!") can be heard ("no whammys, no whammys, no whammys").
The three pigeons that Bolt encounters in New York City are similar to those seen in the "Good Feathers" segment of the Warner Brothers cartoon "Animaniacs".
The first film to feature a digital format by Disney that hasn't also been done by Pixar.
When we first encounter Rhino the hamsters he is watching TV. He's flicking through the channels. He stops on the eighties TV show The A-Team. You can clearly hear Mr T (BA Baracas) talking.
First Disney Animated Feature Film to release on Thanksgiving since Aladdin (1992) 16 years prior.
(at around 50 mins) 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 t
Since the word "bolt" can be used as a vulgar word meaning a male organ in Russian, the film was released as "Volt" in Russia, with the hero called Volt. The film is also called "Volt" in Hungary, France and for the French-language release in Canada. Besi
There is no certainty that the girl's name actually is Penny. The only ones who refer to her as Penny are the animals. The only time humans use the name Penny is during filming of the TV show. Off the set, the agent calls her 'young lady,' her mother call
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
Another sequence storyboarded but not animated was another variation of Bolt realizing that his super-powers are not real, this time, through dramatic failure: Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino were traveling along a bridge over a river. Rhino accidentally falls o
Originally developed by Chris Sanders (creator and co-director of Lilo & Stitch (2002)) 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,
Look and lighting director Adolph Lusinsky and his team traveled to several of the film's "real-life locations" such as an Ohio trailer park, the San Francisco docks, New York streets and the desert surrounding Las Vegas to study how the light in those pl
The storyline of the Bolt TV show is reminiscent of the Nickelodeon show "Inspector Gadget": The villain is named Dr. Claw, who also has a pet cat; Inspector Gadget's niece (who is one of the main characters and fights Dr. Claw) is named Penny, and she ha
Directors Byron Howard and Chris Williams and look and lighting director Adolph Lusinsky were inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and films from the early seventies, especially the works of cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond for the
Till Bolt believes that he has super-powers he is self-confident, but when he finds out that he is not a super-hero his self-confidence vanishes. This is a clear case of Dunning-Kruger effect, situation when one's initial self-confidence is high due to hi
John Travolta's second time voice acting after Our Friend, Martin (1999).
(at around 50 mins) 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."
Since the word "bolt" can be used as a vulgar word meaning a male organ in Russian, the film was released as "Volt" in Russia, with the hero called Volt. The film is also called "Volt" in Hungary, France and for the French-language release in Canada. Besides, the name of the film is "Lightning" in Croatia, Slovakia, Estonia and Poland and "Thunder" in Bulgaria.
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.
3rd. Disney Animated Feature Film to have a character voiced by Mark Walton. The other 2 being Home on the Range (2004) and Chicken Little (2005).
Another sequence storyboarded but not animated was another variation of Bolt realizing that his super-powers are not real, this time, through dramatic failure: Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino were traveling along a bridge over a river. Rhino accidentally falls off the bridge, and to Mittens' terror, Bolt, still believing himself to have super-powers, jumps in to save him. The rescue doesn't quite go as Bolt expected, and he almost drowns, but still tries hard to save Rhino. When Mittens helps a shaken Bolt back to shore, they find Rhino's hamster ball, believing him to be dead, until they see a wet, awestruck Rhino, who thanks Bolt for saving him. But Bolt realizes that he didn't really save Rhino, and feels the lightning bolt shape on his side, which smeared from the water. The scene was nixed, because, once again, it didn't fit into the story structurally, and it was felt that something more poignant had to be done with this scene, which is what was done in the final film.
Originally developed by Chris Sanders (creator and co-director of Lilo & Stitch (2002)) 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 (2006)). Sanders was replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard after John Lasseter become CEO of both Disney and Pixar, and the project was overhauled in late 2006, and he left Disney to work at Dreamworks.
The storyline of the Bolt TV show is reminiscent of the Nickelodeon show Inspector Gadget (1983): The villain is named Dr. Claw, who also has a pet cat; Inspector Gadget's niece (who is one of the main characters and fights Dr. Claw) is named Penny, and she has a hyper-intelligent dog named "Brain".
Look and lighting director Adolph Lusinsky and his team traveled to several of the film's "real-life locations" such as an Ohio trailer park, the San Francisco docks, New York streets and the desert surrounding Las Vegas to study how the light in those places interacted with the scenery.
The three pigeons that Bolt encounters in New York City are similar to those seen in the "Good Feathers" segment of the Warner Brothers cartoon Animaniacs (1993).
Till Bolt believes that he has super-powers he is self-confident, but when he finds out that he is not a super-hero his self-confidence vanishes. This is a clear case of Dunning-Kruger effect, situation when one's initial self-confidence is high due to his/her lack of knowledge which decreases in par with knowledge and increases again when the one becomes expert.
Keeping Bolt ignorant of the fact that everything is fake, is similar to the Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show (1998).
Directors Byron Howard and Chris Williams and look and lighting director Adolph Lusinsky were inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and films from the early seventies, especially the works of cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond for the film's visual look.
When Rhino is first introduced and is seen flipping through channels on TV, the 1983 show Press Your Luck (1983) (or the 2002 revival known as Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck (2002)) can be heard ("no whammys, no whammys, no whammys").
When Rhino leaves the trailer park with Bolt and Mittens he says "larak tarath", which is the Mak'Tar chant of strength from the film Galaxy Quest (1999).
Not the first Disney animated picture with a lead character named Penny. The lead human character in The Rescuers (1977) was also named Penny.
Miley Cyrus had been starring in the Live Action Disney Channel series Hannah Montana (2006) at the time of this film's release.