I must have missed the spectacular Bolt in theaters but am delighted I discovered it. The story is clever and the characters are likable. I loved the social stratum of the dog v. cat, cat v. pigeons, and the Hamster v. The World!
The social commentary about how people discard animals when they no longer fit into the owners' lives was crafty; the feeling of sadness and abandonment was palpable. Rather, than preaching, you experienced it -- and very effective. Bolt has it all -- a bit of a thriller, lots of fun, terrific animation, a good plot, and an excellent payoff. I can't recommend it enough.