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PCR #453 (Vol. 9, No. 48) This edition is for the week of November 24--30, 2008.

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Movie Review

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

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"Bolt"  by Mike Smith
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Walt Disney Pictures     
Starring: The voices of: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus and Mark Walton
Directed by: Byron Howard and Chris Williams
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hour 36 mins

Introducing a new super hero. He can run faster than the wind. When he jumps he soars over any obstacle. And his bark is so loud it can bring down buildings. Bark? Allow me to introduce Bolt.

“Bolt” is the story of a dog (Travolta) and his person, Penny (Cyrus). Their days are spent battling evil and searching for Penny’s father (Ron Moss) who has been captured by the evil Dr. Calico (a brilliant Malcolm McDowell). When the day is over Bolt relaxes in his trailer and waits for the next adventure. What Bolt doesn’t know is that he is really the star of a popular television show. The director of the show (a perfectly dry James Lipton) ensures that Bolt never sees the camera, never breaks that fourth wall that tells him what he’s part of isn’t real. Think of it as a canine “Truman Show.” When Bolt is accidentally boxed up and shipped to New York he thinks he has been abducted by the evil doctor. He is also puzzled by his lack of powers, convinced that the Styrofoam in the box with him has robbed him of them much like kryptonite does with Superman. With the help of tough city cat Mittens (Susie Essman) and a hamster named Rhino (Walton), Bolt heads cross country to save the person he loves.

Even though it’s not a PIXAR production like “Toy Story” or “Finding Nemo,” “Bolt” could easily stand alone next to any of those films. Beautifully rendered and skillfully acted, the film jumps off the screen. Literally if you have the good fortune to see it in 3-D. The characters, both human and animal, are also three dimensional, each one a perfect compliment to the other. The various cats are sneaky while the many pigeons the trio encounter are more spastic then William Shatner on “The Family Guy.” The script is one that will cater to young and old, with the kids laughing at Bolt’s adventures while the folks enjoy the fact that “Bolt,” the television show, is not doing well rating’s wise with “20 year olds from Topeka. Funny stuff indeed. With the holiday season officially underway, “Bolt” is the perfect present for the whole family. And let me add that if you have the opportunity to see “Bolt” in 3-D you should definitely DO IT!

Move over Lassie. Step aside Rin Tin Tin. Back to the Shady Rest Hotel Benji! There’s a new dog in town! On a scale of zero to four I give “Bolt”  

This week's movie review of "Bolt" is ©2008 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2008, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2008 by Nolan B. Canova.