|Rated: PG for some mild action and peril|
Starring: John Travolta and Miley Cyrus
Television audiences everywhere know Bolt (John Travolta) as the super-dog who stops at nothing to save his owner, a young girl named Penny (Miley Cyrus). The only problem? Bolt himself thinks the whole thing is real; he has no idea that it's all a show! When a mishap leads Bolt in New York City, clear on the other side of the country from his home in Hollywood, it's up to him and his new-found friends to find their way to Tinseltown. Will Bolt and Penny be reunited?
There's little about this movie that isn't good. The animation, for one, is outstanding; the intricate details on the animals' fur and the lifelike backgrounds make it feel very real, which is a hard task for a talking animal flick. The voice work is also great; Miley even manages to do well. Positive themes abound, too; Penny and Bolt show dedication to each other, and Bolt's new friends are by his side, even at a time of serious trouble. It also showcases the separation of fiction and reality. Seriously, this is a really good one.
The only complaint that I really have is that the cuteness and action can be over-the-top at times, but most of the target audience won't care. Also, the climax is a bit intense; maybe too much for some viewers. That's about it, though.
When it comes to secular media, Disney is my favorite brand; between their movies, their television network, and pretty much everything else...they (usually) know how to do entertainment. This is one such case; it's one of the best-produced and morally positive entertainment experiences I've had in a while. If you haven't seen this yet...what are you waiting for? Go check it out from your local library, NOW!