Sunday, November 23, 2008

BOLT!

Running in with only a couple of minutes to spare before it started on opening night, I expected to see the entire theater filled with anxious kids. On the contrary, the theater was pretty empty and the line for 'Twilight' wrapped around the hall... which meant I got a good seat but is unfortunate for this nicely animated and well told story by the people at Disney Animation.
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I saw it in 3D and I have to say that I liked the amount of detail that was noticeable... you could appreciate the great animation since it was so in your FACE. The characters were great, and their relationships felt pretty sincere to me. The story also had a nice progression, as Bolt left his world as he knew it, he needed to learn how to adapt without his powers, but his first task was something that would have been simple to him just a few scenes earlier, smashing through a wired fence. As the story advanced, he learned how to deal with these everyday obstacles the real way, and as each new obstacle made him grow little by little, he was ready for his last task of truly saving Penny's life as the building where she was shooting her last episode went up in flames. As much as I liked it, it wasn't very original and I definitely see the influence Pixar has had at Disney with this one. The look (and music) at times reminded me of The Incredibles (like this chase scene below), Linguini from Ratatouille made an appearance in the movie (or the same model just slightly modified), and the idea of a big actor having to make it in an ordinary world slightly reminded me of the premise behind Cars... especially during the scene when Mittens grew a liking to Bolt and was expecting him to stay with her instead of continuing on to Hollywood to find Penny. REGARDLESS... the movie took me along for the ride and I enjoyed the characters... especially Rhino the hamster.
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Good animated movie, and I hope it only gets better for Disney. I give it 4 out of 5 stars in the Segarra Scale.
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2 comments:

Ryan Summers said...

I enjoyed it a bunch, but I saw a lot of similarties as well: imagine Buzz Lightyear as a dog and you've almost got the same story too.

Nelson Luty said...

genial Dan great job men!!!