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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Balto  »

Box Office


$11,268,750 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The real Balto was a Siberian Husky, but was made part wolf to make Balto a more interesting character. See more »


In the ice cave, when the dogs are looking at the broken sled handle, the same gray dog can be seen on either side of the sled. See more »


Nikki: [about Steele] That son of a...
[gets interrupted by Kaltag]
Kaltag: He's the most malicious, the most disgusting, the most obnoxious, the most revolting, the most repulsive, the most...
[gets interrupted by Star]
Star: He's no lap dog!
[laughs nervously, then bonks himself on the head]
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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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Excellent, overlooked animated film.
29 June 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

It's not hard to see why this movie wasn't particularly popular (check out the scene where the carpenter is shown sadly preparing small coffins), but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a look. It's actually one of the best underrated animated films of the 90's. The drama is real, the visuals are beautiful, and the story ends happily. The live action prologue and epilogue are a little distracting, but they're made up for by a random (and hilarious) visual shout-out to "E.T."

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