Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bolt: recommended

We watched the Travolta-voiced Pixar movie Bolt this past weekend, and enjoyed it immensely. We went with Tanya's mom Karen (hi Karen!), and we all had a blast, young and old.

The flick has a lot to recommend it:

  • First of all, there's the premise. Bolt is a superdog, whose powers exist only on TV, but he doesn't know that. Yes, this is similar to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. No, that's not a problem.
  • Next, there's the buddy movie thing that Pixar does so well.
  • The animation is another step forward. The backgrounds and objects are more realistic than ever. But they've kept a lot of stylization in the people and animals, thereby avoiding any uncanny valley issues. Bolt, for example, has a puppylike enormous head, despite being five years old.
  • Travolta is understated and dignified.

I enjoyed it almost as much as Chloe did, although I could not match her guffaws when the hamster named Rhino stole the show. She's into hamsters at the moment. We're on our third hamster, actually.


  1. Rhino is AWESOME.

    Strike that. He's . . . Bey-Awesome!

  2. Sorry, we are on our 4th hamster, if you want to be exact.