Bolt

Bolt

Bolt is a 2008 film about a dog who lived his whole life on the set of a television set, and therefore thinks he has super powers. Thinking that his owner, Penny, has been kidnapped, he sets out across the country to "rescue" her.

Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 30 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
67
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
PG
Year:
2008
96
$114,053,579
Website
1,250 Views

Terry:
[watching over recording of filming of Bolt and Penny, up to the point of the swarming of Calico's men when he sees a boom mic in the background] Ugh! Boom mic?!

Worker #1:
We got a boom mic.

Worker #2:
It's a boom mic.

Terry:
That's sloppy. The dog could have seen that. He could have seen that!

Mindy:
Uh, who cares if the dog sees a boom mic?

Terry:
Forgive me for answering a question with a question, but who are you?

Mindy:
Mindy Parker, from the Network.

Terry:
Of course. Let me ask you, Mindy from the Network, what do you see here? [pointing to the screen with picture of Bolt]

Mindy:
Uh, the dog?

Terry:
[whispers] "The dog", she says. Oh, Mindy. Poor, poor Mindy.

Mindy:
Am I... missing something?

Terry:
You're missing everything, Mindy. You see a dog. I see an animal who believes with every fiber of his being, every fiber, that the girl he loves is in mortal danger. I see a depth of emotion on the face of that canine the likes of which have never been captured on screen before. Never, Mindy from the Network! We jump through hoops to make sure Bolt believes everything is real. It's why we don't miss marks. It's why we don't re-shoot. And it's why we most certainly do not let the dog see boom mics! [sighs] Because, Mindy from the Network, [reaches hand up to a screen showing a close-up of Bolt's determined expression] if the dog believes it, the audience, believes it!

Mindy:
Wow. Okay, you want reality, here you go, chief. The show's too predictable. The girl's in danger, the dog saves her from the creepy English guy, we get it. There's always a happy ending. And our focus groups tell us that 18 to 35-year-olds are unhappy. They're not happy with happy. So maybe you should, I don't know, spend a little less time worrying about the dog's method acting and more time figuring how to stop 20-year-olds in Topeka from changing the channel, because if you lose so much as half a rating point, so help me I will fire everyone in this room, starting with you! How's that for real? [slams door]

Almond:
So, the dog thinks this is all real?

California:
Oh, yeah, you're new. Guy, never leaves the set. It's unbelievable. Whenever I get the chance, this is the perfect way to unwind.

[Calfornia hops onto the bumper of the trailer, then climbs onto its roof; Almond does the same]

California:
I like to start with an evil laugh. [he laughs]

Bolt:
[gets up and looks up at the cats] Hello, hairballs.

California:
You may have won today, Bolt, but in the end, we will get your little Penny.

Bolt:
Not likely, cat, for you've chosen to follow the path of evil. Ultimately I'll destroy you, along with your fiendish puppet-master!

Almond:
[in awe] Wow!

California:
I know, right? Okay, watch this. [in a louder evil voice] She's a goner, dog. The green-eyed man has a plan, and soon, he will execute it!

Almond:
[laughs] Yeah, and then, he will execute... her! [chuckles]

California:
[turns to Almond] Nice.

Bolt:
I would super-bark you both back into the hole you crawled out of, but I need you alive, because I've got a little message for you to take back to your green-eyed man. You tell him his old friend Bolt said that-

California:
Is it long?

Bolt:
[bewildered] I-Is what long?

California:
The message? Is it-is it long message? Because I have a horrible memory.

Bolt:
Yeah, I'll make it brief, alright? You tell him I said I'm gonna-

California:
You know what? Why don't we do this; [to Almond] You remember the first half of the message, and then I'll remember the second, and then we can pass it on to the green-eyed man together.

Bolt:
Oh, I don't care how the message is translated, alright?! Just do it, okay?! You tell the green-eyed man that I will not sleep, I will not rest, until my Penny is safe from his evil clutches. You tell the green-eyed man that--

California:
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Way too many words. I was like "What?" and then I was like "Huh?" and then, uh, I got a little bored. Something about clutches? Anyway, I'll do my best. Ciao! [jumps off the trailer]

Almond:
By the way, huge fan, love it, love you, gotta go. Thank you.

Penny:
[pinning a picture on the wall] There. Perfect. You saved me again, Bolt. [hammer sounds are made, causing Bolt to growl at the door] It's okay, it's nothing. No more bad guys. [Bolt growls again] You want some food, Bolty? Huh? Are you hungry? [another growl; Penny fills a food dish and picks it up, knocking a measuring cup onto the floor, making Bolt growl] You got 'em, Bolt. No one's gonna hurt me. [another growl] Bolt, look at me, I am fine, see? Come here, buddy! Come here! [Bolt ignores her] Go get it Bolt, go get it! [Penny throws a ball and Bolt's eyes follow it but he doesn't move] Yeah, that one's no fun either. [gasps] Well, what do we have here? Your old buddy, Mr. Carrot! [Bolt looks at her, then shakes his head and goes back to staring at the door; Penny's cell phone vibrates and Bolt looks at it, whimpering] Ah, Bolt. You know I have to go. [Bolt is still whimpering as Penny goes to him and moves him away from the door. Bolt whimpers again and puts his head in her lap] Yeah, you're my good boy. [Bolt whimpers again as Penny leaves]

Agent:
There she is, my little super star! Let's get to that Teen Vouge cover shoot!

Penny:
[ignores him] Mom, I wanna take Bolt home this weekend.

Penny's Mother:
I uh... well, that would be--

Agent:
Oh, that'd be nice. That'd be great. That would. A little girl and her... her dog. Nothing better than that. He-he...

Penny:
[hopefully] So I can bring Bolt home?

Agent:
As your friend, I say yes! Absolutely! But as your agent, I have to remind you. This is Bolt's world. He has to stay right here! Okay, let's go.

Penny:
But he never gets to be a real dog! And it would only be for the weekend and I just--

Agent:
You know what... It's a fair question. Let's do this. Let's put a pin in it! Boop! Pin in, there you go. Now let's that hang there a bit and then we'll address that, when we've thought things through. Okay, good enough for everybody? Smiles all around? Let's get out of here. Come on!

Penny:
I don't need to think it through! I wanna take Bolt home!

Agent:
Look at this face! I have a little girl at home, love of my life. I would do anything for her. And I would trade her for you, in a heartbeat! True story! That reminds me of, we need to be heading over to wardrobe. Let's go!

Mittens:
Yeah, I'm really scared now. [Bolt pops up and pins Mittens to a trash can]

Bolt:
You should be!

Mittens:
Whoa! Okay!

Bolt:
Where is she?!

Mittens:
Uh... who?

Bolt:
You know why I'm here. [Mittens screams again] Where is she?!

Mittens:
Okay, okay. Look, buddy, I don't know what you're getting at, but--

Pigeons:
[start laughing] Come on, Mittens. Just tell the guy where she is. Tell the dog, make him happy. Yeah, yeah, c'mon Mittens, tell 'em!

Mittens:
Joey, Vinnie, Bobby, my boys. Would you tell the crazy canine that he's got the wrong cat?

[they look at each other]

Pigeons:
You got her, pal! That's her. That is definitely the right cat.

Mittens:
[looks at Bolt] Heh.

Bolt:
Looks like we're gonna do this the hard way.

[cut to Bolt holding Mittens off a highway overpass by the scruff of her neck]

Mittens:
WHOA! HEY, YOU'RE CRAZY, MAN!

Vinnie:
Hey, Joey. Do we go to far in this?

Joey:
You kidding? This is the best day of my life.

Bolt:
You work for the men in black, who work for the man with the green eye. They've taken Penny. Where is she?!

Mittens:
I don't know what you're talking about!

Bolt:
This is becoming tiresome, cat! In fact, I feel a yawn coming on!

Mittens:
Okay! Okay! Okay! Okay, I'll talk! I'll talk! I know where Penny is. Yeah! They have her! Yes! The men in black and the guy, the guy with the blue eyes!

Bolt:
Blue eyes?

Mittens:
Um... Oh. Green! Yes, green! The one green eye!

Bolt:
You just can't stop lying, can you, cat? It's in the genes. This is gross.

Mittens:
I know. it's disgusting. I disgust myself. Huh? [notices Bolt's collar that contains the words Hollywood and Bolt's address] Hollywood... But, if you put me down, I'll show you where she is.

Bolt:
Styrofoam! [opens truck door] Tuck and roll!

Mittens:
Tuck and what?!

[Bolt and Mittens jump out a speeding U-haul truck]

Bolt:
What? What is this red liquid coming from my paw?

Mittens:
It's called blood, hero.

Bolt:
Do I need it?

Mittens:
Yes, so if you want to keep it inside your body where it belongs, you should stop jumping off trucks doing 80 ON THE INTERSTATE!!

Bolt:
Yeah, well usually I'm a tad more industructable. Must have been... [gasps] Styrofoam! That stuff, it weakens me!

Mittens:
[picks up Styrofoam] Ah-ha!

Bolt:
What are you doing? Put that down!

Mittens:
That's it. I've had it with you. Untie me, pooch, or I'm gonna... I'm gonna... I'm gonna seriously wound you! I'm gonna seriously wound you with this Styrofoam!

Bolt:
Are you mad? You don't know the power of Styrofoam!

Mittens:
Oh, you bet I'm mad, baby! And I'm about to unleash it! The power of the Styrofoam!

Bolt:
Alright, cat! Okay! You win! I'll untie you. [pause] That's a weird place to put a piano. [Mittens looks over her shoulder] Hye-yah! [Bolt karate chops Styrofoam out of Mittens' paw and lands on top of her] Are we going to have any more problems, cat?

Mittens:
No, no. No more problems. I'll take you to Penny.

Bolt:
[starts sniffing] Ah! What is that? [referring to his growling stomach]

Mittens:
What?

Bolt:
That! Okay, you have two seconds to tell me what you've implanted in me, cat! Poison? A parasite? Poison? Wait, I said that already. See, I'm all discombobluated! I can't think straight!

Mittens:
I don't believe this. You're hungry.

Bolt:
[steps on the leash which pulls Mittens closer] Where is the antidote?!

Mittens:
Okay, okay! Alright!

[after jumping off train, Mittens ends up on the tree, Bolt and Rhino are on the ground]

Mittens:
The real world hurts, doesn't it?! But you wouldn't know about that, would you?!

Bolt:
Get down here cat, we don't have time for this!

Rhino:
I'll get a ladder [walks away]

Mittens:
Look genius, you're part of a TV show. You know what that is - television? It's entertainment for people. IT'S FAKE! Nothing you think is real is real!

Bolt:
That's preposterous!

Mittens:
Think about it, Bolt. Since you got lost, none of your powers are working, aren't they? For the first time, you're hungry, you're bleeding... I mean, do you really think that you were born with a birthmark in the EXACT shape of a lighting bolt?!

Bolt:
It's my mark of power, cat.

Mittens:
It's the mark of a make-up artist, dog!

Bolt:
You're ridiculous. Now get down here!

Mittens:
[ties the rope to the branch] No!

Bolt:
Mittens, so help me, I will super-bark you out of that tree!

Mittens:
Yeah, go nuts. Let's see how that works out for ya.

Bolt:
You leave me no choice! [does "super-bark". Nothing happens]

Mittens:
[dryly] Oh, the super-bark. Scary, scary. Yeah, that's really, really super.

Bolt:
[frustrated] It's not true. This is not true! [tries the super-bark again]

Mittens:
[dryly again] Wow. That felt really super. Wait... no, it didn't. [Bolt starts barking again] Okay, Okay, mh-mm, I get the idea, you can stop now. [Bolt keeps barking] That's enough! Seriously, dog, stop! I'm not kidding! Would you stop? It's... [an Animal Control truck stops to check the situation] Okay, you're a super dog. Uh, Bolt, be quiet, please! [Bolt is still barking] Bolt, we gotta run! [Officer puts Bolt and her into the truck]


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