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.
The true story of an American hero
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In New York City's Central Park stands a bronze statue of Balto, paid for by penny collections from children. Many Siberian Husky aficionados resent the fact that it was this dog, rather than Togo, whose likeness is sculpted. The statue symbolizes the boundless courage of all the dogs who made the tremendous journey against the greatest of odds. Togo or Balto - he faces north, forever dreaming, perhaps of his immortal run in the service of mankind. See more
During the sled accident, Kaltag, Star, and Nikki land in three totally different spots nowhere near each other. Seconds later, in the next shot, Kaltag wakes up right next to Nikki. See more
He'll feel that tomorrow!
I think he is feeling it now.
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
Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Balto
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) See more