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Based on an incredible true story, Balto is a dazzling animated adventure about one of the most courageous canines of all time. Part husky and part wolf, Balto isn’t sure where he belongs in the wilds of Alaska. But when a serious diphtheria epidemic spreads fast among the children of Nome, it’s up to the brave Balto and his friends to rescue a team of sled dogs lost in a blinding Arctic storm and carrying the much-needed anti-toxin. Starring the incredible voice talents of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins and Phil Collins, it’s a remarkable tale of a hero who inspired a nation and became a legend!
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Critics Consensus: Balto is a well-meaning adventure with spirited animation, but mushy sentimentality and bland characterization keeps it at paw's length from more sophisticated family fare.
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Common Sense Says
Brave dog saves kids in fun but tense fact-based film.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are thrills aplenty in Balto, an animated adventure based on a true story about rural Alaskan kids with a serious illness. Youngest viewers might not understand the threat that looms over the town, but older kids will get the gravity of the situation when they see small coffins being fit for those kids who might not make it through the epidemic. Dogs growl and fight and are in peril; some kids will be scared of Steele, the bully, and the grizzly bear. On the positive side, the movie promotes acceptance and reinforces the value of friendship.
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- Release Date:December 22, 1995
- Audio Format:5.1
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