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%%* RealitySubtext: Miley Cyrus plays a child actress who is being marketed for all she's worth, and robbed of a childhood in the process. John Travolta plays a big-name star who has been duped into believing that a [[ChurchOfHappyology patently redonkulous sci-fi scenario]] is the truth. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?%%

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* CelebrityVoiceActor: The primary members of the argentine music group Music/LesLuthiers give their voices to the pigeons in the spanish dub [[note]]Daniel Rabinovich as Vinnie; Marcos Mundstock as Joey; Carlos Núñez Cortés as Bobby, Carlos López Puccio as Louie and Jorge Maronna as Saul[[/note]]. It is a very notable case as they voice the pigeons in both the Spanish '''''and''''' Latin American dubs, even having to record new lines due to dub differences. This is a feat that is practically unheard-of, as Latin American and Spanish dubs practically never share voice actors.


* ActorAllusion: Near the climax, Bolt escapes a burning building just like [[Literature/{{Carrie}} Billy Nolan]] did.

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* TroubledProduction: The film was originally helmed by ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' director Chris Sanders, who wanted to make another quirky animated family film. To that end, he envisioned ''American Dog'', which followed a popular television star dog named Henry who (after being knocked out and waking up on a train to Nevada) enlists the help of two other talking animals, including a cat and oversized bunny rabbit, to drive him back home (while believing he's still in a television show). The film went through several different cuts (and suggestions from [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter and other Pixar directors]] on how to improve the film), but Sanders reportedly rejected all of the changes. Lasseter then fired Sanders from the project, causing the latter to jump ship to [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation [=DreamWorks=]]], and the film was drastically reworked (under a constrained timeframe) into the final product. Tellingly, ''American Dog'' is not mentioned anywhere on the film's DVD features, and only receives a passing reference in the making-of book ''The Art of Bolt''.


* PermanentPlaceholder: Rhino's voice acting was done by an story artist Mark Walton who was just supposed to do the scratch voice. He was so hilarious, however, that he was asked to do the actual voice for the movie. He was just as excited as his character.

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* PermanentPlaceholder: Rhino's voice acting was done by an story artist Mark Walton who was just supposed to do the scratch voice. He was so hilarious, however, that he was asked to do the actual voice for the movie. He was just as excited as his character.



* StuntCasting: As mention above, majority or Penny's lines were already recorded before the studio decided to recast Miley Cyrus to voice the character. Recasting to feature their current teen star in the movie--not really a coincidence.

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* StuntCasting: As mention mentioned above, the majority or Penny's lines were already recorded before the studio decided to recast Miley Cyrus to voice the character. Recasting to feature their current teen star in the movie--not really a coincidence.


** The film started as a far cry from what it would become. It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.

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** The film (originally named ''American Dog'') started as a far cry from what it would become. It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film started as a far cry from what it would become. It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.

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The film started as a far cry from what it would become. It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.


** Mitten's original DarkAndTroubledBackstory original revealed that [[spoiler:not only had her family declawed and abandoned her, but her name was Mr. Mittens because they never bothered to check if she was a boy or a girl]].

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** Mitten's original DarkAndTroubledBackstory original KickTheDog backstory originally revealed that [[spoiler:not only had her family declawed and abandoned her, but her name was Mr. Mittens because they never bothered to check if she was a boy or a girl]].

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** Mitten's original DarkAndTroubledBackstory original revealed that [[spoiler:not only had her family declawed and abandoned her, but her name was Mr. Mittens because they never bothered to check if she was a boy or a girl]].


* ExecutiveMeddling: [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]], who felt that Creator/ChrisSanders' original treatment for the film was "too mature" and strongly suggested several changes, which Sanders refused, causing some considerable behind-the-scene drama resulting in Sanders leaving Disney after 18 years and moving on to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. According to some Disney insiders [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120510054707/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/bolt-doesnt-strike-lightning.html who saw previews of Sanders']] ''American Dog'', the meddling was not without justification.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]], who felt that Creator/ChrisSanders' original treatment for the film was "too mature" and mature", strongly suggested several changes, which Sanders refused, causing some considerable behind-the-scene drama resulting in Sanders leaving Disney after 18 years and moving on to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. According to some Disney insiders [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120510054707/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/bolt-doesnt-strike-lightning.html who saw previews of Sanders']] ''American Dog'', the meddling was not without justification.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film started as a far cry from what it would become. It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Chris Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film started as a far cry from what it would become. It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Chris Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film started as a far cry from what it would become. Creator/ChrisSanders was originally slated to direct and the film was to be designed to resemble his art style, the same way ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' had been. Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Chris Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The film started as a far cry from what it would become. Creator/ChrisSanders was originally slated It began as Creator/ChrisSanders' follow up to direct ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', with him serving as director and the film was to be designed to resemble his art style, the same way ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' had been. production designer. Story-wise, Bolt was a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and Mittens was a male cat with an eyepatch named Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Chris Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the rest.


* ExecutiveMeddling: [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]] strongly suggested several changes to the original director, Creator/ChrisSanders; Sanders refused, causing some considerable behind-the-scene drama. Considering [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory the]] source, though, the interference was probably justified. [[note]] [[Franchise/{{Cars}} Then again, maybe it wasn't.]] [[/note]] As a result, Sanders left Disney and now works for Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. Go figure. Though the original version did look a lot more distinct with Sanders' art style. At least the original version of Mittens, a cat with an eyepatch named Mercury, got his own WebComic, ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''.
** According to some Disney insiders [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120510054707/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/bolt-doesnt-strike-lightning.html who saw previews of Sanders']] ''American Dog'', it had a '''lot''' of problems that justified the meddling.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]] Lasseter]], who felt that Creator/ChrisSanders' original treatment for the film was "too mature" and strongly suggested several changes to the original director, Creator/ChrisSanders; changes, which Sanders refused, causing some considerable behind-the-scene drama. Considering [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory the]] source, though, the interference was probably justified. [[note]] [[Franchise/{{Cars}} Then again, maybe it wasn't.]] [[/note]] As a result, drama resulting in Sanders left leaving Disney after 18 years and now works for moving on to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. Go figure. Though the original version did look a lot more distinct with Sanders' art style. At least the original version of Mittens, a cat with an eyepatch named Mercury, got his own WebComic, ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''.
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According to some Disney insiders [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120510054707/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/bolt-doesnt-strike-lightning.html who saw previews of Sanders']] ''American Dog'', it had a '''lot''' of problems that justified the meddling.meddling was not without justification.



** But, then again, others who have seen the original version have stated that Disney staff were afraid that it was "too mature".



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The final version is far different from Chris Sanders' original ''American Dog'' idea. Originally Bolt was more of a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and as mentioned above, Mittens had an eyepatch and was named Ogo. Also... ExecutiveMeddling.
** Looks like the writers of ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' decided to take that original script.
** Also, former NFL player Todd Marinovich was in talks to do the voice of Bolt.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The final version is film started as a far different cry from Chris Sanders' original ''American Dog'' idea. Originally what it would become. Creator/ChrisSanders was originally slated to direct and the film was to be designed to resemble his art style, the same way ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' had been. Bolt was more of a FunnyAnimal secret agent character, Rhino was a giant radioactive rabbit and as mentioned above, Mittens had was a male cat with an eyepatch and was named Ogo. Also... ExecutiveMeddling.
** Looks like
Ogo (the last character would later be recycled for Chris Sanders' webcomic ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''). See ExecutiveMeddling for the writers of ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' decided to take that original script.
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** Also, former Former NFL player Todd Marinovich was in talks to do the voice of Bolt.


* ExecutiveMeddling: [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]] strongly suggested several changes to the original director, Chris Sanders; Sanders refused, causing some considerable behind-the-scene drama. Considering [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory the]] source, though, the interference was probably justified. [[note]] [[Franchise/{{Cars}} Then again, maybe it wasn't.]] [[/note]] As a result, Sanders left Disney and now works for Dreamworks Animation. Go figure. Though the original version did look a lot more distinct with Sanders' art style. At least the original version of Mittens, a cat with an eyepatch named Mercury, got his own WebComic, ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]] strongly suggested several changes to the original director, Chris Sanders; Creator/ChrisSanders; Sanders refused, causing some considerable behind-the-scene drama. Considering [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory the]] source, though, the interference was probably justified. [[note]] [[Franchise/{{Cars}} Then again, maybe it wasn't.]] [[/note]] As a result, Sanders left Disney and now works for Dreamworks Animation.Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. Go figure. Though the original version did look a lot more distinct with Sanders' art style. At least the original version of Mittens, a cat with an eyepatch named Mercury, got his own WebComic, ''[[http://kiskaloo.com/ Kiskaloo]]''.


* PermanentPlaceholder: Rhino's voice acting was done by an animator who was just supposed to do the scratch voice. He was so hilarious, however, that he was asked to do the actual voice for the movie. He was just as excited as his character.

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* PermanentPlaceholder: Rhino's voice acting was done by an animator story artist Mark Walton who was just supposed to do the scratch voice. He was so hilarious, however, that he was asked to do the actual voice for the movie. He was just as excited as his character.


* HeyItsThatVoice
** Music/GreyDeLisle is Penny's Mother.
** Creator/MalcolmMcDowell is the Green-Eyed Man.
** Music/MileyCyrus is Penny.
** Creator/JohnTravolta is Bolt.
** One of the thug dogs is voiced by Wrestling/RandySavage.
** Creator/DiedrichBader voices Dr. Calico's pet.
** Creator/KariWahlgren is Mindy.
** In Spain, Bolt is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Gaara]], [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]], and [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Chris Griffin]].
** In the Spanish and Latin-American versions, the pigeons are voiced by the Argentinian musical-comedy group Music/LesLuthiers.
** From the Japanese dub of the movie: Penny is [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Akari]] [[Creator/RyokoShiraishi Hinomoto]].

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