I have to say, this movie did not fail me. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough hamster. I was worried that the hamster would be the only interesting character. I was worried that the story would override the entertainment factor (I kind of felt like that happened in The Incredibles, which is fine, absolutely fine, but I was in the mood for entertainment).
My worries were for naught as this movie delivered all the way. The opening sequence where they set up the storyline of Bolt being a Hollywood movie dog was fantastic. The action was so good that I now want to see the movie that Bolt was starring in.
Also, each and every character in this movie was wonderfully colorful. I was smiling every time a new figure started to talk. I was especially worried about the cat. In all the previews the cat seems whiny and girly (and looks a bit like a Bratz cat doll). In the movie, though, she comes across as a very smart street cat who knows how to survive at all costs. Every human in this movie was adorable and crazy in their own way. And ya gotta love the pigeons. The differences between the NY pigeons and the LA pigeons are spot on.
As for the hamster... he was AWESOME. His awesomeness was beyond awesome. And he has totally reinvented the word awesome. I loved him, every bit of him. I love his teeth just as much as I loved the teeth of the villain on Meet the Robinsons. Rhino is sadistic, crazy, loyal, and so stinkin' cute I can barely stand it. I think I'm in love.
Towards the end of the movie it starts to get sappy and is a bit too much like Toy Story 1 and 2, but it is forgivable as the rest is so new and so good.
Through the movie Cookie and I were leaning on each other and laughing together and having a wonderful time and that alone was totally worth the price of admission.