Disney’s Bolt was only a modest success at the box office, but the film garnered critical praise for its ability to combine the action-adventure of a spy film with the emotion of a film centered on pet dogs, cats and other animals. The film was even nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture; although it lost most of these awards to WALL-E, released in the same year, it remains one of the better modern Disney films. How much do you really know about Disney’s Bolt? Let’s take a look at some interesting trviai that might just surprise you!
Miley Cyrus wasn’t the original voice of Penny
Chloë Grace Moretz, who voices young Penny in the film, was initially cast as the older Penny as well. Mortez recorded her lines for the entire film but was replaced by Miley Cyrus for unkonwn reasons. Some fans speculate that Disney may have wanted a bigger name attached to the project, and since Cyrus was currently popular due to her Hannah Montana TV series, she was a prime candidate.
Bolt’s name was changed in several countries
It’s not unusual for names to be changed when a film is dubbed for different countries; Bolt’s name was changed to “Volt” in the Russian release because “bolt” is an adult-oriented slang term in Russian. Bolt was also called Volt in the French-language releases, as well as the Hungarian langauge release. In Bulgaria, his name was changed to “Thunder.”
Bolt is an American White Shepherd
Although fans have long speculated on the exact breed of Bolt, the show’s creative team has revealed that he is definitely an American White Shepherd. The breed is well known for their energy, their abilty to learn new tricks quickly, and their loyalty.
In the original storyboards for the film, Bolt is attacked by Doberman Pinschers
One particularly dark scene was storyboarded for the film but never animated; in this scene, Bolt is attacked in an alley by two Dobermans, who not only physically hurt him but rip off his beloved collar. After the attack, Bolt realizes that he has no super powers. The scene was cut because it was considered too dark for the film, and the writers felt that they could portray Bolt’s realization about the TV show in a way that wasn’t as frightening or cruel as the storyboard scene.
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