Episode 33: We're Back...Let it Begin!

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●     “Feature Film” – Bolt  (2008)
This film is about a German Shepherd puppy adopted by a little girl named Penny. Penny is also a child actress, and when we fast forward 5 years, Bolt actually believes he is actually a lab-enhanced superdog in the spy movie like setting of the TV show he and Penny star in. He spends every filming believing that he is actually saving Penny from the evil green-eyed man.

One day when filming ends at a cliffhanger, Bolt freaks out, thinking Penny is actually still in danger and needing to be rescued. He manages to find his way into a shipping crate and ends up in New York, where he begins his mission to find the green-eyed man and save Penny. In New York, he meets a streetwise alley cat named Mr. Mittens, that is coerced into helping him find his way back home to Hollywood. Along the way, the two bond and find a new friend - Rhino, a hamster and a huge fan of Bolt. Along the way, Bolt has to come to grips with the fact that he is not really a superdog, and that maybe it’s okay just being a dog. And eventually, just being a loyal “regular dog” helps him find penny and save her from a studio fire before they retire together to just be friends instead of co-stars.

○     Trivia

○     First Disney animated feature conceived and produced in 3-D. (Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons were converted to 3D after the fact)

○     Chloe Moretz voiced THE ENTIRE FILM before they got Miley Cyrus on board

○     Developed by Chris Sanders, the creator of Lilo & Stitch - Bolt was originally a VERY different film

○     In order to properly animate Rhino, the crew adopted a real hamster which they called Doink and filmed it from beneath while it was walking on a sheet of Plexiglas. Thus they were able to see how Rhino would walk in his plastic ball.

○     Ironically, Mittens’ family left her when they moved to California

○     Bolt - A Reference to Thunderbolt from 101 Dalmations?

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○     Arendelle opening in Disneyland Paris

○     Check out our d23 episode for those announcements

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○     Sept 13, 1979 - Don Bluth quits Disney and takes ⅓ of the top artists with him

Aristocats reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNY-qzp7pD0

●     Segment: Top 4 Ranking “Let’s get down to business”

○     Top 4 Experimental Era Disney Films

○     1. Lilo and Stitch

○     2. Meet the Robinsons

○     3. The Emperor’s New Groove

○     4. Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Tease Next Week: Tron (original 1982)