Poffy The Cucumber

O.D. on QT.

If cuteness ever becomes a sin, this movie is going straight to hell.

Bolt_captionBOLT (voiced by John Travolta) is a little white puppy that was raised from birth as a superdog. Well, he’s not really a superdog – but HE doesn’t know that. For the sake of realistic reactions from Bolt, the producers of his weekly television show (where he plays a superdog) don’t let him know it is all make-believe.

In one episode, Bolt’s “person,” Penny (Miley Cyrus), is kidnapped by the villain of the show (Malcolm McDowell) in a cliffhanger ending, and Bolt believes he must save her. So he breaks out of his trailer – and is immediately accidentally mailed to New York, having to trek back across country to find Penny.

Along the way, he meets a cat (Susie Essman) whom he takes hostage, and a crazed fan hamster, Rhino (Mark Watson), who watches Bolt’s TV show and idolizes Bolt’s superness. He craves action-adventure so badly, his middle name should be “Danger” (“Let it begin! Let it begin!”). Bolt must come to grips with the fact he is not super, and that he is replaceable on the show with the simple painting of a lightning bolt on white fur. Consequently, tear-jerking reunion and redemption clichés just waiting for their cue, replete with orchestra swell. And more cuteness.

For laughs, BOLT achieves its purpose – but I’m just laughing at the cuteness of everything. Except for the pigeons (yuk! those realistic feathers!).

Excellent animation, lots of Hollywood insider gags (James Lipton as The Director, Greg Germann as The Agent, the pigeons pitching episode ideas) and much too much too much cuteness.


Bolt_titleBOLT (Nov 2008)
Directors: Byron Howard, Chris Williams.
Writers: Dan Fogelman, Chris Williams.
Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell, James Lipton, Greg Germann, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, J.P. Manoux, Dan Fogelman. .
Word Count: 270      No. 396
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