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Rhino
Background information
Feature films Bolt
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice Mark Walton
Wong Cho-lam (Cantonese)
Performance model John Lasseter's pet chinchillia.
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Loud, dull-witted, clumsy, hyperactive
Appearance Small and obese tan hamster, round cheeks
Birthday 27 June
Occupation Bolt's sidekick (to some point)
Alignment
Affiliations
Alignment Good (to an extent)
Goal To serve Bolt
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies Bolt, Mittens, Penny
Minions
Enemies Mittens (formerly), Dr. Calico, The Agent, anything evil
Likes Bolt, the Bolt TV show
Dislikes Evil
Powers and abilities Super Squeak (Super Rhino)
Weapons
Fate Gets adopted by Penny and lives in a rural home and becomes part of the family.
Quote "Let it begin! Let it begin! LET IT BEGIN!!!"

Rhino is a hamster and the tritagonist in Disney's 2008 animated film Bolt. He is Bolt's biggest fan. He has all but memorized every episode of the canine's TV show. So when Bolt shows up at his door, Rhino sallies forth in his hamster ball to help him out.

Though perhaps not the brightest of characters, Rhino does manage to help both Bolt and Mittens at times. Other than that, Rhino's function in the movie is more that of a "comic relief", offering little character development and personality, but quite a few humorous dialogs.

Rhino was also the central protagonist of his own short, Super Rhino, in which he got superpowers himself by Penny's father (just like Bolt). The short feature was added to the Blu-ray and DVD release.

Reception

Rhino's loud, lively and funny character made him an immediate favorite amongst certain moviegoers, but the character was met by mostly negative reviews from critics, often being described as a shallow, simplistic character that does little but steal attention from the more important characters like Bolt and Mittens.

Despite this, Disney had started an extensive advertising program using Rhino as their break-out character. The hamster was given a lot of focus in commercials, his own short-film was animated for the Blu-ray release and the studio even agreed to do some "fake", live interviews with a cut-in CGI animation of Rhino. These clips were spread on the internet prior to the DVD and Blu-ray release.

Trivia

  • Near the end of his short, Rhino was onstage singing "The Best of Both Worlds", to a hundred of fans who like him. But then, it turns out he was only dreaming.
  • Rhino is the only character in the film that never realized that Bolt's superpowers aren't real. Apparently, Bolt saw it unnecessary to tell the hamster. Though the ending implies that he learns of the truth, seeing as watches the show with the the new Bolt, while he's living with the real Bolt, and was aware of it being a TV show.
  • It was implied in the movie that Bolt's relation to Rhino changed as the dog realized that he didn't have any superpowers. At first, Bolt was amazed with Rhinos lively, energetic character. But his simplistic, pedestrian view of himself and the world soon became a nuisance and after Bolt's quarrel with Mittens, he decides to continue without Rhino, leaving him behind in Las Vegas.
  • Rhino was listed #40 in Empire Magazine's The 50 Best Animated Movie Characters.


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