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Travolta unleashed inner dog for ‘Bolt’
McClatchy News Service
BURBANK, Calif. — John Travolta agreed to provide the voice of the heroic canine Bolt in the Disney feature film of the same name because of Tom Hanks and Robin Williams.
"What led me to the piece was that my good friends have done great animated features. Tom Hanks did ‘Toy Story.’ Robin Williams did ‘Aladdin.’ I was competitive in a certain way. If I am going to do an animated feature, I am going to do a great one," Travolta says during an interview at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Over the years, Travolta was offered a variety of voice roles in animated movies. Nothing appealed to him until "Bolt." Travolta knew it was the high-end animated film he had been waiting for as soon as he read the script.
"I thought I could play a dog with my eyes closed," Travolta says. "People often compared me to a dog when I was growing up. I didn’t know whether to be insulted or not."