"Bolt" is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature to be supervised by John Lasseter, the guy who is now in charge of both Pixar and Disney animation studios and it shows. Bolt has the smart creative freshness typical of Pixar films mixed with the traditional great Disney storytelling. Directed by Chris Williams, who previously worked on Mulan and The Emperor’s New Groove, the film has had a long pre-prduction story. Originally conceived as the story of "Henry the dog" and to be titled "American Dog", it became Bolt when Lassiter replaced the previous director, Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch), with Williams.
Bolt tells the story of a celebrity dog voiced by John Travolta, who is unware the tv drama he stars in is just a fiction. When he is separated by his master Penny (Miley Cyrus) he believes she has indeed been kidnapped by the Dr. Calico (Malcolm McDowell), and sets out to rescue her with the help of Mittens, a wild cat voiced by Susie Essman and the adorable hamster Rhino (Mark Walton).
Bolt is great action movie that both children and adult can enjoy in true Disney tradition and everyone can enjoy it even more with the Blu Ray** release that comes packed with loads of bonus features and surprises. Among them is the new animated short titled "Super Rhino", in which the fan loved hamster becomes a hero in his own right and saves the day. Deleted scenes, director’s commentary and various featurettes such as "A New Breed of Directors: The Filmmakers’ Journey","Act, Speak! The Voices of ‘Bolt’ ", "Creating the world of "Bolt" and a Blu Ray game are also included.
Among the deleted scenes we find storyboard sequences of various unused gags of Bolt realizing he doesn’t have those super powers while fans of the soundtrack will surely enjoy the music video for the song "I Thought I Lost You" performed by John Travolta and Miley Cyrus along with a behind-the-scenes look at the two recording the theme.
The film and all the bonus features are squeezed onto the main Blu-ray disc. The other two discs included in the 3-disc package are a DVD with the film and a Digital Copy that can be used on your pc or mobile. Bolt is definitely worth adding to anyone’s collection of animated movies.
** Although this is a review of the Blu Ray release, the standard DVD edition contains almost all the same bonus material.