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Balto (1995)

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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

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

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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Part Dog. Part Wolf. All Hero. See more »


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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$11,268,750 (USA)
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Trivia

After gaining popularity through his success in the serum run, Balto was casted as the main character in a few of Alaska's silent films. This made him one of the first animal actors in film history. See more »

Goofs

When Muk and Luk come after Boris, he uses a bucket and broom to protect himself. But then Luk picks him up from behind and he drops the bucket and broom. When he escapes from Luk's clutches, the broom and bucket have completely disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Jenna: [acting flirtatious] Gee, Steele, I have to admit, your offer is... very tempting...
[she backs him towards the boiler]
Steele: It is. Heh heh...
Jenna: But these days I prefer my meat... cooked.
[Steele realizes he is burning]
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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 »

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Referenced in Balto: Wolf Quest (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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 dramatic and well made film
4 June 2000 | by (Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

This film has a seriousness and drama to it that will surprise you. There are no songs, and it has an adult feel to it, with mature themes and exciting action. The voice characters are its main failing, with Kevin Bacon giving rather flat performance to Balto, and there is an overall lack of conviction in most of the other voices as well. But this movie has good story and excellent pacing- there are several gripping action sequences, and very few childish moments. Balto is an excellent family film, and will keep adults and older kids enthralled and entertained. I think it's a little too serious for very young kids to enjoy, though. It has realism and is not light hearted. There are ideas about sickness, death and prejudice which are used very well to move this story along and help resolve it in the end. This is a hero story with a feel-good ending, and plenty of adventure along the way. The art and appearance is interesting and unique, mostly classic animation with a few computer assisted scenes-- the overall look is tidy and quality, with some charm and humor that will get you smiling. It has a live action entry and closure (including a view of the Balto statue in Central Park) which acts as a tie-together, and the true story behind this movie gives it additional appeal. This film, like the WB's 'Iron Giant', has been breezed over by the public and not gotten the recognition it deserves. I would recommend Balto for anyone who likes dogs, realism, or just a smooth, enjoyable film.


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