John Travolta has played a sympathetic hit man, a teenage rebel, a middle-aged biker, a presidential candidate, a disco king and an overweight housewife — and let’s not forget Vinnie Barbarino on “Welcome Back, Kotter” — but the newly released “Bolt,” is both his first animated feature and his first time playing a dog.
“Bolt” — a movie about a dog with “superpowers” that features the voices of Travolta and Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana – opened across the United States on Friday.
Travolta, 54, is the voice of Bolt, an eager-to-please puppy. It’s a role Travolta said comes more naturally to him than the cool cat he often plays.
“Growing up, people always compared me to a dog in those games about what kind of animal you’d be,” Travolta said. “As a person, I’m probably a dog — I’m big on loyalty,” he told Reuters. “But on screen I’m more of a cool cat. If you think of my roles in ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Saturday Night Fever’ or ‘Grease’ — he’s more of cat. But in life, I’m more of a cuddler.”
There’s a quick clip from the movie in the video above of Travolta’s recent appearance on “The Early Show” on CBS.
Travolta also sings a duet with Cyrus on the “I Thought I Lost You” theme tune to “Bolt.”
Bolt is the powerful and confident star of a kids action series on TV. But when he becomes separated from his beloved “person” (voiced by Miley Cyrus), he discovers that his superbark and laser vision are mere Hollywood magic and he must get by in the real world like any other four-legged creature.