YMMV / Bolt

  • Accidental Innuendo: Penny's father declares that he has "altered" Bolt. To "alter" an animal can also be a euphemism for neutering it.
  • All Animation Is Disney: Inverted, as many people mistake this for a Pixar film. In this case partly because after Sanders left the project, Disney brought in Pixar director John Lasseter, who influenced the film heavily in his own style.
  • Awesome Music: "I Thought I Lost You" is an upbeat Heartland tune that plays during the end credits, and is performed by the two main actors. Even people who don't like Miley Cyrus love it, and it also showed that 32 years after Grease & Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta still had impressive pipes.
  • Broken Base: Fans are divided on Miley Cyrus replacing Chloe Moretz as Penny. Some say it works out okay in the end, but others consider it a Stunt Casting given how Hannah Montana was adored by Disney Channel at the time and had a Periphery Hatedom among adults, males, and Disney purists.
  • Crazy Awesome: Rhino. He is basically the Kamina of Hamsters.
  • Counterpart Comparison: It's quite common to draw paralels between Bolt himself and Buzz Lightyear, both being characters who believe so strongly into a superheroic role deeply ingrained into their consciousness, only to harshly discover they are instead fishes out of water in a huge, dangerous world and need better experience. Bolt pulled himself up faster than Buzz, though.
  • Fanon: It is widely believed that Penny's actress is also named Penny, if only because she's never referred to by name outside the show (her mother calls her by endearments, and her agent calls her "My Little Superstar") and that her last name is "Forrester".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mittens. Getting declawed and abandoned by her family turned her into a selfish cynic with deep-seeded trust issues.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Malcolm McDowell's background role as the Show Within a Show's villain.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The huge fire that threatens to destroy the building where the show is filmed at the climax. Seeing Penny and Bolt nearly dying in it is both frightening and saddening.
    • One deleted scene features Bolt being violently beaten up by a bunch of big aggressive looking dogs. It's a testament to the abilities of the story artists how horrifying some simple single-panel drawings can be.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: When Penny's insensitive agent tries to convince her already shaken mother to try and use the building fire and resulting injuries for publicity (note that this almost got Penny killed), her mom punches his lights out.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: How many people wanted to know what Dr. Calico's actor was like when the cameras were off? We see only see him out off character once when the studio catches fire and even then he's barely in shot.
  • Ugly Cute: Mittens, to a certain degree. She's a skinny cat humans would look on as a stray, after all. Surprisingly, it is also deconstructed: Since she's not cute in a conventional way, because she's half-starved from being declawed and unable to hunt, humans just tend to scare her away instead of giving her some food, and she's aware that the possibilities of being adopted after falling into a pound are extremely limited for her.
  • The Woobie: Both Bolt and Mittens can count as this.