Balto (1995)

Basic Summary – In this animated feature, a deadly diphtheria epidemic strikes the remote town of Nome, Alaska. With the life-saving medicine located hundreds of miles away, the residents decide to send out a sled-dog team. Balto (Kevin Bacon) — a half-wolf dog ignored by all except a goose, Boris (Bob Hoskins), and two polar bears — is chosen to run but is disqualified by lead dog Steele (Jim Cummings). When the other dogs get lost in the snow, Balto risks his life to rescue them and deliver the medicine.

Based on a true story (with a lot of historical flaws), Balto is a classic that has stood up to time. Maybe it’s because I love animal films, but I really enjoy this story. I recently got to rewatch it again with my friend because we couldn’t agree on any film and I just said we are watching this one. It is really weird getting all the adult jokes now as opposed to when I was a kid, but I think that is why it holds up after all these years.

The voice actors are amazing in the roles and the animation is beautifully drawn. I don’t think I have any flaws with this film that I can think of. If you want to see it, it’s on iTunes and can be bought on amazon if you want a hard copy of it.


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