This Xmas Disney is back in cinemas with Bolt, a computer-animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios starring the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, and Claire Holt.
Bolt, voiced by John Travolta, is a dog who has lived all his life on the set of a TV show in which he portrays a superhero dog assuming that what he’s experiencing on the set is indeed real.
He is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York, where he embarks on a cross-country journey to reunite with his owner and tv co-star Penny, voiced by Hannah Montana’s Miley Cyrus.
Along the way, Bolt teams up with a jaded houscat named Mittens (Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (Mark Walton), and eventually he discovers that he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero.
Originally to be titled “American Dog“, the film when through several changes, starting with
director Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) who was removed by Disney’s new Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter after that Sanders resisted the story changes that Lasseter had suggested. Lasseter was quoted as saying “Chris Sanders is extremely talented, but he couldn’t take it to the place it had to be.”
After Sanders left and the original title removed, the animation team was told to complete the movie in just 18 months instead of the usually four years that is normally required to produce a computer-animated feature.
The look of the movie was inspired by paintings by Edward Hopper and the cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond. The film is released in the US on November 21 2008 and in different dates in November and December 2008 in the rest of the world.
Here are photos of a Bolt display in an Italian cinema sent by our friend Diablo