In advance of the release of Bolt on DVD and Blu-ray disc next week, The Walt Disney Company has released an “exclusive interview” with the “unnamed director” of the Bolt television show, where he discusses his amazing method-acting dog and addresses the oft-repeated rumors of strain between the production and the network.
Bolt will be available on 3-disc Blu-ray on Sunday, March 22, and on 2-disc DVD on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. The full press release interview follows:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE DIRECTOR OF BOLT
Can you tell us exactly what a television director does?
A director is the top dog on a television show. He’s the person in charge, the person who everyone reports to. He’s also the guy the network comes to when things go wrong with a show.
Sounds like it’s a very important job…
Oh, it is. I’m in charge of everything from the look of a show to the casting of actors and animals.
How would you describe your star dog, Bolt, and his TV show?
Bolt is the greatest superhero on television. He has amazing super powers including super speed and super strength. He’s always saving a girl called Penny from the evil clutches of Dr. Calico. It’s an amazing show.
There’s a rumor going around that the network have been to see you recently…
Really? Who told you that? Have you been snooping around or something?
A little birdie told us…
Well, you’re right. Mindy Parker from the network came down to the studio recently. Oh, Mindy. Poor, poor Mindy. I didn’t like her one bit. She didn’t have a clue about the show or the dog.
What did Mindy say?
She told me that 18-35 year olds weren’t very happy with the show. The network didn’t like the way that we weren’t appealing to that age group, so they asked us to make some changes. They wanted more drama and said the show was predictable. How outrageous!
So you didn’t like her comments?
I didn’t like them one bit. How dare she come into my edit suite and talk to me like that! She didn’t know a thing about Bolt. She didn’t even know that he doesn’t even realize he’s in a television show.
What do you mean by that?
Bolt thinks his powers are real. He doesn’t know he’s the star of a TV show.We jump through hoops to make sure he believes everything he sees is real.
Sure! That’s why we don’t miss marks. That’s why we don’t re-shoot.And that’s why we most definitely don’t let the dog see a boom mike, which is something that happened recently. If the dog believes it, the audience believes it. That’s the key to our success.
Did Mindy agree with you?
Mindy didn’t care. All she wanted to see were increases in viewing figures and that’s it.
Did Mindy get to meet Bolt?
No way. I wouldn’t let that happen. Mindy didn’t care for the dog. She just thinks of him as any other animal, but I don’t.
What do you see when you look at Bolt then?
I see an animal who believes with every fiber of his being – every fiber – that the girl he loves is in mortal danger. I see a depth of emotion on the face of that canine that has never been seen on the small screen before.
You sound very passionate about the dog and the show…
That’s because I’m the director! I put my heart and soul into this project – and I’ll be damned if a network executive like Mindy Parker is going to ruin my show. I’ll make sure she doesn’t if it’s the last thing I do!