that he does not actually have the talents of the super dog he plays
in the movies. The New York Times says this about the plot of "Bolt."
The dog "must learn that what he thinks of as his true identity is an
artifact of make-believe."
That sounds familiar to students of Jan Cox, even before you factor in
that the realization the dog must make is actually happens in an
animated film -- the layers of reality, onion thing.
These tasty crumbs are everywhere on the path.