boltBolt promises to be the final non-Pixar computer animated film released by Disney, and it’s not a bad way to go out. Pixar films remain on a whole other level, cinematically and in terms of resonance, but there is certainly a place for solid family entertainment of a more pedestrian nature.

Bolt is certainly pedestrian, borrowing elements from everything from Toy Story 2 to The Truman Show, and there isn’t a moment you don’t know exactly where it’s going. But it’s also funny, exciting and charming and a perfectly nice way to spend an afternoon with your kids.

I will say this… the action sequence that begins the film is as exciting and inventive as any I’ve seen this year. In fact, it’s one of the best action sequences I’ve seen since Pixar’s The Incredibles. In an era when most live-action action scenes look cartoonish, it’s the cartoons that rule the day.

Finally, I saw Bolt in 3D… the first time I’ve seen a 3D film since the technology was reintroduced en masse several years ago. It was impressive, but certainly not essential. I understand that studios are looking for ways to get people out to the theater and away from their big-screen TVs, but I guess I’m a traditionalist. Until my living room can seat 350 people, I’ll be going to the movies.

One thought on “Bolt

  1. Amy says:

    I don’t know that Bolt was as well-served by 3D as, say, Journey to the Center of the Earth, but I do like those 3D glasses 🙂

    I agree that the action sequences were great. And Disney/Pixar (as this Disney film seemed to particularly borrow from Pixar’s bag of tricks, thanks, in large part I’d guess, to John Lasseter’s involvement as a producer) does the musical montage better than most non-animated films. I also liked all of the voice work, from the famous faces/voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus to the lesser known but equally wonderful work of Susie Essman (who, Clay later informed me, is Susie Green on Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Mittens the cat and Mark Walton (who, also according to Clay -and confirmed by imdb – did behind the scenes work before adding “voice actor” to his resume) as Rhino, the starstruck hamster. I laughed quite a bit at this film, and that is a very happy surprise whenever I’m there as a Mom first, and a moviegoer second.

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