In a week of overblown, overrated pictures obese with self-importance, it is a relief to find one terrific piece of simple entertainment and fun. Bolt is a Disney animation, produced by Pixar maestro John Lasseter, and presented both in state-of-the-art 3D and, in other cinemas, in regular 2D.

It is about a fearless canine of that name, voiced by John Travolta, who acts every week in a top-rated TV show about a hero-dog with super-powers, regularly taking on evil types in the company of his feisty teenage owner Penny, voiced by Miley Cyrus. But poor Bolt doesn't realise that what is going on is fake; the deluded pooch thinks he really does have super-powers, and when he is accidentally separated from his beloved Penny, stranded and alone in the real world far from Los Angeles, he must embrace the doggy ordinariness that will give him the strength to track down his beloved mistress.

Tremendously lovable and funny stuff.


Peter Bradshaw

The GuardianTramp

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