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An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Balto (voice)
Boris (voice)
Jenna (voice)
Steele (voice)
Muk and Luk (voice)
Nikki (voice)
Danny Mann ...
Kaltag (voice)
Star (voice)
Rosy (voice)
Sandra Dickinson ...
Sylvie / Dixie / Rosy's Mother (voice)
Grandma Rosy / Extra Voices
Lola Bates-Campbell ...
Doc (voice)
Rosy's Father (voice)


A half-wolf, half-husky named Balto gets a chance to become a hero when an outbreak of diphtheria threatens the children of Nome, Alaska in the winter of 1925. He leads a dog team on a 600-mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness to get medical supplies. The film is based on a true story which inspired the Iditarod dog sled race. Written by Alan Katz

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Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Balto  »

Box Office


$11,268,750 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

| | | (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) (SDDS/Sony Theaters prints) (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There are many differences between the movie and what really happened, such as: *The sled run to get the medicine was actually a relay, and Balto was only the leader of the last team to carry the medicine to Nome. The longest and most hazardous distance was traveled by the team led by Togo. *This film portrays Balto as a wolf hybrid. Balto was actually a purebred Siberian Husky. *Balto was never an outcast as shown by the film, but was instead born in a kennel owned by the famous musher Leonhard Seppala, where he grew up until he was deemed fit for pulling a sled, Seppala was also the owner of Togo, whom he personally used during the relay, Balto was instead used by one of his workers, Gunnar Kasaan. *The real Balto was neutered by Seppala when he was only a few months old, meaning the puppies he has in the sequels never came to be. See more »


When Balto and Boris are lying next to each other depressed on the ship, a flock of geese flies overhead. When we cut back to Balto and Boris, the blanket that was covering Balto has disappeared. See more »


Balto: I have the keys to the city.
[disables hinges and pushes the door open; shows Jenna in]
Balto: After you.
Jenna: [noticing Balto's paws] Balto.
Balto: Big paws run in my family. At least... one side of my family.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Fievel from "An American Tail" (1986) pushes the Amblimation logo into place, then stands next to it and his hat falls down over his eyes. See more »


Followed by Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) See more »


Reach for the Light
Composed by James Horner and Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by Steve Winwood
Backing Vocals: Bonnie Keen (uncredited), Chris Rodriguez (uncredited), Micah Wilshire (uncredited), and Tina Clark (uncredited)
Chorus: Caitlin McCollister (uncredited), Elizabeth Winwood (uncredited), Emily Estes (uncredited), Evan Brooder (uncredited), Gianno Caputo (uncredited), Holly Burt (uncredited), Jamie Grable (uncredited), Joel Dunham (uncredited), Katy Dunham (uncredited), Lauren Caputo (uncredited), Leah Lofton (uncredited), Mary Claire Winwood (uncredited), Natalia DiGesare (uncredited)
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A great movie! One that will live in your memory forever!
3 May 2002 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

This is a great children's movie. But, being a kid's movie doesn't mean that it isn't good for others. This film entertains audiences of all ages. I first saw this movie when I was seven. And to this day, I still love it. Kevin Bacon supplies the voice of Balto, a half-bred wolf who risks his life to travel in the cold of Alaska to retrieve a sled of dogs that were lost while bringing antibiodics back to the town of Nome to stop an epidemic. BALTO is a film to see on a cold, Sunday when you have nothing better to do. You will enjoy this film greatly. After viewing it once, you will want to see it again. I lost track of how many times I have seen this film. But it has been more than thirty times. See this movie. It's well worth seeing. This one is one that I am proud to have in my video collection.....5/5.

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