American Dog (partially found original version of "Bolt" Disney animated film; 2007-2008)

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Concept art.

Status: Partially Found

American Dog was a Disney movie written and directed by Chris Sanders, that was due to be released in 2007. The protagonist of the film was a canine actor, Henry, who stars in his own show where he's a secret agent. Sanders described the plot as follows: "Henry, a famous TV dog, finds himself stranded in the Nevada desert. Out in the world for the first time, Henry's tidy life of scripted triumph has come to an end, and his 2,000 mile trek through the real world is just beginning."

Ultimately, the movie was considered too surreal and "too bold". Sanders was kicked off the team and replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, this move spurring Sanders to leave Disney entirely. The movie was soon edited and became Bolt, which was released in 2008. In honor of American Dog, Sanders reused the eyepatch wearing cat in his webcomic, Kiskaloo.


Test footage from the film shown at SIGGRAPH 2005.