March 22, 2009 – The Short Film Super Rhino is Released
“My ancestry isn’t all hamster, I’m one-sixteenth wolf with a little wolverine…”
On March 22, 2009, the special short film Super Rhino was released on the DVD release of the Disney animated feature film Bolt. It was written and directed by Nathan Greno, and stars Mark Walton as Rhino, Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Calico, Miley Cyrus as Penny, and Susie Essman as Mittens.
The short begins with Calico already touting his success as an evil villain, as he has caught Penny and Bolt and has them suspended over a large pit of lava. Through a camera in Bolt’s collar, Penny’s father is able to see their capture, and although he can’t save her, he knows who can: Rhino the hamster. Penny’s father uses his scientific contraptions to create a super hamster, and Rhino is soon sent to save the pair. He attacks all the guards outside, and makes his way into Calico’s fortress, exclaiming that he created a door with lasers from his eyes. Calico looks dumbfounded as he sees a hamster standing before him. Every guard shoots everything they can at Rhino, but the newly super Rhino is able to avoid the shot and rides a missile, using it to cut down Penny and Bolt, and safely catches them as they fall. Calico starts proclaiming that he will win next time, but Rhino interrupts him and, using his own version of the “super bark,” sends a wave of lava flying over Calico, burning him and his cat. Penny and Bolt thank Rhino, who calls the two “cute,” before proclaiming he has an urgent matter to attend to. He is then seen at a concert, where he starts singing Hannah Montana’s song “Best of Both Worlds” to an adoring crowd. It is then revealed that he has been dreaming, and has woken up Mittens, who is not a fan of his singing. He rolls over and goes back to sleep, dreaming once again that he’s going to save the world after answering a call from the President of the United States.