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Balto (1995)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  22 December 1995 (USA)
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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)
Jack Angel ...
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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Part Dog. Part Wolf. All Hero. See more »


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Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA)  »

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$11,268,750 (USA)

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The film's release was vastly overshadowed by the performance of Disney/Pixar's Toy Story (1995), and, at best, did modest box office. This led to the closure and disestablishment of Amblimation, but it quickly garnered a strong cult following and is now regarded as a classic. Strong video sales lead to the release of two sequels: Balto: Wolf Quest (2002) and Balto III: Wings of Change (2004). See more »


When Balto and Boris are standing on the fence, and Balto is getting ready to race with the other dogs, Boris sits on a windowsill and swallows a soap flake. When he spits it out, his eyes open wide and he doesn't have any pupils. See more »


Steele: Go ahead wolf-dog! You'll never get home! I'll make sure of that!
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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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Awesome review for an awesome movie
25 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Balto has been a favorite movie of mine ever since it came out. This is the touching story of an out casted half dog half wolf named Balto voiced by the talented Kevin Bacon who's voice added a slight charm to the Balto character. The story takes place in Nome Alaska in the year 1925. A sickness as stricken the town's children and with out the antitoxin which is located hundreds of miles away in town of Nanana, the children will surly die. The dog team sent to retrieve the medicine which is led by Balto's almost arch nemesis Steel, is lost in a horrible snow storm. Now it is up to Balto to find the missing sled dog team and bring the medicine back to Nome before it is too late.

This movie is so gripping, I can never sit through the whole thing without balling my eyes out. This movie has a great plot which is based of a true story, a wonderful cast of voice actors, and a vary flowing animation style. This movie is so gripping and compelling that it as inspired me to become an cartoonist. I loved this movie so much that some how I found out I have three copies of it in my movie library. Surly this movie is worth seeing or owning if it makes a 17 year old shows tears for it, or sets the course for his career. Call me a geek but this movie is perfect for any one who likes talking animals, old school basic animation, and happy endings.

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