My younger brother (he’s 11) is really hooked on a new Disney kids’ movie called “Bolt” (rated G). I have to admit that I really like it too- but for a very different reason. There is more value in the personal story that “Bolt” tells, than in the action and explosions etc (which I suspect is why Daniel loves it). Because of this fantastic personal story of loyalty to friends, I rate this as easily one of the best Disney movies I’ve seen in a very long time.
The basic storyline is that Bolt, a cute white dog, is the star of a very popular TV show, and he believes that everything that happens on the movie-set, the evil bad-guys, the fact that his beloved Penny is in mortal peril, and most of all, that he is endowed with incredible super-powers is all real. However, he gets a shock of reality when he is accidentally transported from Hollywood to New York. Desperate to get back to Penny, he is joined by Mittens, a cynical cat who is convinced that Bolt is sadly deluded.
As Bolt travels across America on the way back to Penny (who is heart-broken) the cat slowly starts to convince him that he is just a normal dog. This leads the greatest part of the whole movie. Bolt finally realises that he’s not a super-hero, but that leads to a self-identity crisis. If he doesn’t chase bad guys, then who is he?
Fortunately, the cat is right there to be a friend to him and lets Bolt know that being a normal dog is the best gig in the world. She teaches him how to do all the dog things, and restores his self-worth in himself.
Although the movie focuses on Bolt’s loyalty to Penny, there is also the everyday loyalty between friends. When Bolt’s entire world was falling apart, he had a friend to stand by him, and let him know, he was special. That is why the movie “Bolt” is so great.