Australian Council on Children and the Media

Bolt

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What’s it about?

Bolt thinks he is a crime-fighting dog with super powers but he is only a dog acting on a television show. When the boss of the television show decides that an episode should end without Bolt saving his owner Penny, Bolt escapes into the real world to save her. But in the real world Bolt does not have any super powers. With the help of his new friends, a cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino, Bolt travels across America to find and rescue Penny.

What to look out for

  • In the television show, Penny and Bolt are chased by villains and many bikes, cars and helicopters crash and are destroyed during the chase
  • In the television show, Bolt attaches a bomb to a helicopter and it explodes
  • Bolt threatens Mittens and hangs her over the edge of a bridge
  • The evil Dr. Calico is tall, has a green eye and might be scary

Moral of the Story

The messages of this story are that you do not need super powers to be a hero and that friends stick together.

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