Bolt
2009
**
Director: Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Cast: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Greg Germann

Bolt is a fearless super hero canine, but only on TV. When the star of the show escapes the confines of the studio, it’s up for a surprise. Now, in order to buy this premise, you can’t know how movies are made. Pixar’s John Lasseter produced this animation, but it’s a disappointingly charmless and formulaic affair. The action scenes are exciting and plentiful, but there is no plot to speak of or characters to root for. Bolt is a clueless hero, the cat is an unfunny comedy sidekick, and the hamster is just plain creepy.