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Encyclopedia > Balto (film)
Balto
Directed by Simon Wells
Produced by Steve Hickner
Written by David Cohen
Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Roger Schulman
Starring Kevin Bacon
Bob Hoskins
Bridget Fonda
Jim Cummings
Phil Collins
Music by James Horner (also song)
Barry Mann (song)
Steve Winwood (song)
Cinematography Jan Richter-Friis
Editing by Sim Evan-Jones
Nick Fletcher
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 22, 1995
Running time 78 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Followed by Balto II: Wolf Quest
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Balto is an animated film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, distributed by Universal Pictures, and originally released to movie theatres in 1995. Balto is very loosely based on a true story about the dog, Balto, who helped save children from the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome. The film's poor performance at the box office led to the closure of Amblimation, but it became a cult classic and it was fairly successful when it was released on video, spawning two sequels: Balto II: Wolf Quest and Balto III: Wings of Change. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (539x715, 156 KB) Summary A movie poster for Universal Studios 1995 animated film Balto. ... Simon Wells is the great-great grandson of H.G. Wells. ... David Cohen (November 13, 1914 - October 3, 2005), was an American politician, noted for his service in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 to 1945), who, at the time of his death served in an At-Large seat in the Philadelphia City Council. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Bridget Fonda and Luc Besson at Cannes, 2001 Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American actress. ... James Jonah Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor and has often been considered to be a successor to the voice acting legend Mel Blanc. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer, songwriter, drummer and actor. ... James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer of orchestral and film music. ... Barry Mann (born Barry Iberman on February 9, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American songwriter, and part of one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships in the world of rock music. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Fievel from An American Tail, Amblimations mascot. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... A typical megaplex (AMC Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario, California). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ... In epidemiology, an epidemic (from [[Latin language] epi- upon + demos people) is a disease that appears as new cases in a given human population, during a given period, at a rate that substantially exceeds what is expected, based on recent experience (the number of new cases in the population during... During the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs relayed diphtheria antitoxin 674 miles (1,085 km) by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska in a record-breaking five and a half days, saving... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A sequel is a work of fiction (e. ...

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Plot

The story begins with a live-action segment in Central Park, New York City. A grandmother (Miriam Margolyes), her granddaughter (Lola Bates-Campbell), and Blaze, their pet husky, search for the Balto memorial statue. The granddaughter hands her grandmother a musher's hat, and the grandmother begins telling the story of Balto. In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. ... Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres or 3. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Margolyes as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Miriam Margolyes OBE (born May 18, 1941) is a British character actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ... The memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii commemorates American dead from wars in the Pacific. ... A team of six white, husky-type dogs Mushing also means playing on a MUSH. Mushing also can be used to describe the kneading behavior of domestic cats when they are content or are preparing to settle for a nap. ...


The movie fades to a dogsled race, where two sled teams are racing to get to Nome, Alaska. The two teams must negotiate a narrow chasm between two slabs of ice. As the sleds get closer, it its clear that the two teams will not be able to pass through the chasm side-by-side. Against the orders of his musher to slow down, Steele, the leader of one team, surges ahead, but the other team keeps up. Steele then snaps at one of the other team's dogs, causing it to stumble and bring the team to a halt. As the stricken team's musher curses Steele, Steele's team continues on toward Nome. Dog sled A dog sled (or dogsled) is a sled pulled by one or more dogs used to travel over ice and through snow. ... Aerial view of the harbor in Nome Nome is a city located on the southern Seward Peninsula coast of Norton Sound in the Nome Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. ... USGS image In geology, a rift is a place where the Earths crust and lithosphere are being pulled apart. ... A team of six white, husky-type dogs Mushing also means playing on a MUSH. Mushing also can be used to describe the kneading behavior of domestic cats when they are content or are preparing to settle for a nap. ...


As the three-mile-marker soars into the sky, Balto is seen lifting his Russian-accented goose friend, Boris, from an edge. They go to the edge of the road to watch the sled race end. At the same time, two parents have just given their daughter, Rosy, a sled and a hat. They ride out to the road, where Balto sees Rosy's attractive dark-red and white female husky, Jenna, and falls in love. As Rosy waves her hat to cheer on the sled team, the wind catches it and blows it into the road. Balto, seeing a chance to impress Jenna, runs out among the sled dogs and retrieves the hat for Rosy, but to Steele, he seems to be racing for the finish line. After Balto approaches Rosy and gives the hat back to her, she gets very cheerful for him, and even attempted to hitch him onto her sled, until her father pulls her away from him and tells her that he is part wolf. Rosy feels sorry for Balto, telling her father that he hurt Balto's feelings. Look up goose in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Husky is a general term for several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs. ... Jenna is a fictional character from the Universal Studios and Steven Spielbergs Amblimation studios film Balto series. ...


While walking in an alley, Balto hears Rosy call for Jenna and runs to her, sliding to a stop with his nose right up against Jenna's. Balto tries to talk to Jenna, but he cannot get the words out before Jenna runs off at her master's call. As Balto walks back through the alley with Boris, they are cornered by Steele and his gang, who torment Balto because of his wolf heritage. Later, as Balto walks toward his home (a wrecked boat), he feels that he is not welcome anywhere. His depression is short-lived, however, when two polar bears, Muk and Luk, show up with their various antics and think they are drowning in shallow water, as they cannot swim. Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... Biological inheritance is the process by which an offspring cell or organism acquires or becomes predisposed to characteristics of its parent cell or organism. ...


Later, Balto stares at Nome from a distance. He tells Boris that he is thinking about Jenna.


In Nome, Rosy is growing ill. She tries to play with Jenna, but a cough brings her to a halt. Jenna watches the doctor examine Rosy through a window. At this time, Balto comes up behind and asks Jenna what she is looking at. She explains that Rosy is sick, and Balto brings her to the underfloor space of the doctor's office to find out what illness has affected Rosy. Balto dazzles Jenna with a replica of the Northern Lights, but her amazement is cut short by their discovery that Rosy is afflicted with diphtheria and the doctor is out of antitoxin. As they exit the under-floor space, they are cornered by Steele, who tries to entice Jenna by twirling sausages around her shoulders and pulling her away from Balto. Jenna circles him, pretending to fall for his charms, while steadily pushing him into a boiler. After Steele burns himself, Balto and Jenna attempt to flee, but Steele frames Balto for stealing sausages and the butcher wards him away. Jenna is caught and cannot follow Balto. Look up replica in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aurora borealis Polar aurorae are optical phenomena characterized by colorful displays of light in the night sky. ... An antitoxin is an antibody with the ability to neutralize a specific toxin. ...


In the telegraph office, the operator contacts Anchorage requesting the diphtheria antitoxin. All routes to Nome are blocked, the planes cannot get there in the terrible weather, and the nearest train line runs only to Nenana. A decision is made to have a sled team pick up the medicine from the Nenana train station and take it to Nome. The next day, a race is held to determine who will be on the team. Balto decides to sneak into the race (much to Boris' dismay, but Jenna's support). Whenever any other dog tried to block him from passing, Balto simply moves aside and still passes the others, until one of the dogs literally kicks him off the track. However, he manages to get back into the race and ultimately wins, but he is still disqualified after the musher finds out that he is part-wolf, due to Steele treading on his paw, forcing Balto to reveal his teeth, which are larger and sharper than a dog's teeth. Steele and his accomplices will go to fetch the medicine in Nennana. Balto stares longingly at the group of renowned and impressive dogs as they ride into a scintilllating display of northern lights, wishing was with them. Telegraphy (from the Greek words tele = far away and grapho = write) is the long distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters, originally over wire. ... Nickname: Motto: Live a Big Wild Life Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Government  - Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area  - City 5,079. ... Nenana (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Home Rule City in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. ...


Later, after retrieving the medicine parcel from Nennana, Steele and his crew make the journey home. However, on their way, Steele loses his the path in a blizzard and slides down a hill. The musher is knocked unconscious and the team have no way of making it home without help. Look up Blizzard in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


When the news reaches Nome, Balto listens to the other dogs talking about it, and later sees a man making coffins for the children. Realizing that Rosy and countless other children will die if he doesn't act, Balto decides to go out to find the sled team with Boris, Muk, and Luk. On the way, they are attacked by a large grizzly bear which tries to crush Balto, and is about to kill him when, much to his surprise, Jenna comes to the rescue and fights the bear off. The bear and Balto end up on a frozen lake, and the bear breaks the ice, causing Balto to become trapped under the ice floe. The bear dies but Luk and Muk dive into the water to rescue Balto, and realize that they actually can swim. Jenna wants to accompany Balto, but she hurt herself fighting the bear and must go home with Boris and the polar bears. Jenna gives Balto her bandanna as a good-luck charm. Boris leaves Balto with a message: "A dog cannot make this journey alone. But, maybe, a wolf can." Balto thinks that this is just Boris making fun of his heritage. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... An icebreaker navigates some through young (1 year) sea ice Sea ice is formed from ocean water that freezes. ... Categories: Stub ...


When Balto comes across the sled team, everyone is glad to see him, except Steele. Blinded by jealousy and hatred, Steele fights with Balto. However, Balto shows no interest in fighting and just stands up when knocked down by Steele. This eventually results in Steele plummeting down a cliff with Jenna's bandanna. He gets up and attempts to get back up the cliff. Balto resets the sled and leads the team out of their predicament. However, when they come across the trees, Balto found that the markings he had made on the trees were corrupted by Steele. The team runs around, lost, when they suddenly come upon another downhill slope. Balto and the team lose control and the medicine crate falls from the sled, almost going over the edge. Balto saves the crate, but the cliff gives way and Balto and the medicine tumble down the cliff. Look up Slope in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Back in Nome, Jenna is waiting for Balto to return when Steele comes in, carrying Jenna's bandanna. He tells her that Balto is dead, but she believes he's lying. She sets out to a hill, using a lantern and broken bottles to create the Northern Lights as a beacon to guide Balto home. Stone lantern in a Chinese Garden A chōchin invites customers into an okonomiyaki restaurant in Japan A lantern is a portable lighting device used to illuminate broad areas. ... // Northern Lights is a common name for the aurora borealis (polar aurorae) in the Northern Hemisphere. ...


At the bottom of the cliff, Balto digs himself out of the snow and sees a massive white wolf standing before him. Thinking he has lost the medicine and let the children of Nome down, he looks away, only to find that the crate is lying intact on the snow. Balto remembers the message Boris left him with earlier and realizes the true meaning of what Boris had said. He builds up the strength to stand up and howl with the majestic White Wolf. When the rest of the team hear the howl, they think wolves are coming to attack them, until they see Balto clawing up the hill with the crate full of medicine. Balto again organizes the sled team and they press on. Where Steele ruined Balto's markers, Balto uses his keen sense of smell to find the way home. The team escapes an avalanche (caused by one of the dogs sneezing over Balto's tail) and falling icicles in a cave. Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... A Himalayan avalanche near Mount Everest. ... Frozen Waterfall in the Rhön mountains A natural, 4 tonne, block of ice on a beach in Iceland Ice can refer to any of the 14 known solid phases of water. ...


Later, in Nome, all hope has been lost, when the town is awakened by a howl. Balto and the team burst over the snow and arrive in Nome to great fanfare. Balto, once an outcast, is now a hero. All of Steele's former friends have left him because he lied about Balto's fate. Rosy's father, who once disliked Balto because of his wolf heritage, escorts him into the hospital, where Rosy recovers from the illness. She hugs Balto and tells him, "I would have been lost without you." Then, Balto hears someone clearing her throat. Jenna is waiting. Balto and Jenna are ecstatic to see one another and nuzzle each other. Balto is surprised and bewildered when humans fuss him and the dogs cheer for him, and is unsure of what to do, but follows Jenna's lead.


The movie fades back into the live-action sequence in Central Park. At the end, the grandmother sighs and says, "Thank you, Balto. I would have been lost without you." With that being said, it has been revealed that the grandmother is Rosy.


Characters

  • Balto: Balto is a young adult male wolfdog, a hybrid of a Siberian Husky and a White Wolf. He is much despised by almost everyone in town because of his wolf ancestry. All he wants is to fit in, but he is on bad terms with the dogs, as well as humans, who hate and fear him. The only ones who accept him for who he really is are Muk and Luk, Boris, Jenna, and Rosy. He is obsessed with dogsled racing, leading to a frequent opinion in fanfiction that his father was a sled dog, possibly a lead dog. When a diphtheria epidemic hits Nome and the sled team gets lost while bringing in the only available antitoxin, he resolves to find them and help get the medicine through or die trying.
  • Boris: Boris is a somewhat grumpy Russian snow goose. He is typically somewhat of a coward, but when it is necessary he can display great courage. His main contribution, though, is his insight. He seems to consider himself Balto's caretaker, telling him that, "I'm staying here until I'm sure you can stand on own four feet." More likely, though, he is simply afraid to fly south (although that leaves the question of how he got north). Frequently bothered by the affectionate Muk and Luk, who call him "Uncle Boris."
  • Jenna: A beautiful purebred young adult female husky, Jenna is perhaps the only dog in Nome who gives any thought to Balto (except for Steele, who seems to spend much of his time seeking out and bullying him). She is the unwilling object of Steele's lustful interests, seeming from the start to show more interest in Balto. She helps him on his journey by following him into the wilderness to tell him that Eagle Pass is blocked, and ultimately intervenes at the crucial moment during a fight with a bear. The end of the movie leaves little doubt that the two of them are very much in love. She was even ready to sacrifice her life to defend Balto from a bear.
  • Rosy: Jenna's owner. In a town that hates and fears Balto, Rosy is possibly the only human in Nome to see anything in him other than a mangy stray half-breed. Rosy is a cheerful and kindhearted child, and when she comes down with diphtheria, Balto is quick to do everything in his power to help save her and the other children.
  • Steele: The lead dog of Nome's championship sled dog team, Steele is egotistical, rude, and willing to stoop to any means to achieve his goals. He often picks on Balto about being a wolfdog and frequently hits on Jenna, much to the chagrin of both. Steele is seemingly quite a bit older than both Jenna and Balto, referring to voice tones. When it is said that Steele is the only one to show hatred for Balto, Balto shows equal chagrin as he builds up to attack Steele while he was dating Jenna in the boiler room, but Jenna, not wanting a fight, uses cunning to stop him, and she tricks Steele into walking into the boiler and burning himself (much to Balto's delight) by pretending to fall for his charms after he twirls sausages around her shoulders and pulls her away from Balto. Also, when Balto fights with Steele, and Steele falls down the cliff, Balto sees that Steele is alive, but glares at him and leads the team away. But Balto is not like Steele, and when Steele attacks him, he makes no effort to defend himself, fight, or even dodge Steele's attacks, but just keeps getting up again and again. Also, because of Steele's height and large bones, he is mostly likely to be a Alaskan Malamute. It should also be noted that he has small ears and both Balto and Jenna have big ears.

This Czechoslovakian Wolfdog shows a strongly wolf-like appearance A wolfdog (also called a wolf hybrid or wolf-dog hybrid) is a canid hybrid resulting from the mating of a female wolf (Canis lupus) and a male dog (Canis lupus familiaris). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... White Wolf, Inc. ... Jenna is a fictional character from the Universal Studios and Steven Spielbergs Amblimation studios film Balto series. ...

Historical inaccuracy

  • The sled run to get the medicine was actually a relay, and Balto was only the leader of the last team to carry the medicine to Nome. The longest and most hazardous distance was traveled by the team led by Togo. Therefore Balto's "true story" was not so true after all, with many newspapers honoring Balto for many of Togo's deeds. Although, since it's an animated film, it does not need to be completely accurate.
  • All of the other characters, such as Jenna, Nikki, Kaltag, Star, Steele, etc., were fictional.
  • This film portrays Balto as a wolf hybrid. Balto was actually a purebred Siberian Husky.

Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ... The designation Wolfdog is given to those fertile individuals of a crossing between a wolf (canis lupus) and a dog (canis lupus familiaris). ... Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Trivia

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Voices

Phil Collins provided the voices to both Muk and Luk in the 1995 animated feature Balto.
Phil Collins provided the voices to both Muk and Luk in the 1995 animated feature Balto.

Image File history File links MukLukBalto. ... Image File history File links MukLukBalto. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer, songwriter, drummer and actor. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ... Bridget Fonda and Luc Besson at Cannes, 2001 Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an American actress. ... Jenna is a fictional character from the Universal Studios and Steven Spielbergs Amblimation studios film Balto series. ... James Jonah Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor and has often been considered to be a successor to the voice acting legend Mel Blanc. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer, songwriter, drummer and actor. ... Jack Angel (born October 24, 1930 in Modesto, California) is an American actor, director and costume designer. ... Danny Mann is an actor/voice actor. ... Robbie Rist (born April 4, 1964) is an American actor. ... Sir Donald Alfred Sinden, CBE (born Plymouth, 9 October 1923) is an English stage and film actor. ...

Soundtrack

Cover for the Balto soundtrack CD
Cover for the Balto soundtrack CD

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Soundtrack album track listing

In the original United States version, this CD had the following tracks:

  1. "Reach For The Light (Theme from Balto)" - performed by Steve Winwood (4:24)
  2. "Main Title/Balto's Story Unfolds" (4:40)
  3. "The Dogsled Race" (1:41)
  4. "Rosy Goes To The Doctor" (4:05)
  5. "Boris & Balto" (1:29)
  6. "The Journey Begins" (5:06)
  7. "Grizzly Bear" (5:23)
  8. "Jenna/Telegraphing The News" (2:22)
  9. "Steele's Treachery" (4:38)
  10. "The Epidemic's Toll" (3:29)
  11. "Heritage Of The Wolf" (5:54)
  12. "Balto Brings The Medicine!" (4:53)
  13. "Reach For The Light (Theme from Balto) (Long Version)" - performed by Steve Winwood (5:27)

Total length: 49:15 min This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ...


Sequels

Two direct-to-video sequels were made by the Universal Cartoon Studios in London. The first, Balto II: Wolf Quest was released in 2002. This film followed the adventures of Balto and Jenna's pups, mainly Aleu who sets off to discover her wolf heritage. The film was criticized for its poor animation that barely resembled the original as well as the overuse of fantasy sequences. A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ...


The third film, Balto III: Wings of Change was released in 2005. The storyline followed the same litter of pups from Balto 2 but with the focus on another of Balto's pups named Kodi.


In both sequels the voice of Balto was provided by Maurice LaMarche, and the voice of Jenna was provided by Jodi Benson. Neither film took any historical references from the true story of Balto (although Balto 3 does make a few references to the time and setting of the story). Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ... Jodi Benson (born October 10, 1961) is an American voice actress and singer, best known for providing the voice of Disneys Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid and its sequels. ... Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ...


There is some controversy if there will be a further sequel.


References

  • Brooks, Barbara A.; Sherry E. Wallis (1998). The Alaskan Malamute: Yesterday and Today. Loveland, CO: Alpine Publications. ISBN 0-931866-96-0. 

See also

During the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs relayed diphtheria antitoxin 674 miles (1,085 km) by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska in a record-breaking five and a half days, saving... Statue of Balto in Central Park (New York City) Statue of an anonymous sled dog, located in Anchorage. ...

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