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Balto

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Overview

Balto is an animated trifle, based loosely on a true story from the 1920s, that may offer some amusement for young children. A live-action intro and outro set the stage for the story of Balto (voiced by Kevin Bacon), a stray who's half dog and half wolf, who is shunned as a half-breed outcast by both humans and his own kind. Balto does have some friends, like the goose Boris (Bob Hoskins) and two polar bears named Muk and Luk (Phil Collins), but he is particularly resented by canine pack leader Steele (Jim ...
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Overview

Balto is an animated trifle, based loosely on a true story from the 1920s, that may offer some amusement for young children. A live-action intro and outro set the stage for the story of Balto (voiced by Kevin Bacon), a stray who's half dog and half wolf, who is shunned as a half-breed outcast by both humans and his own kind. Balto does have some friends, like the goose Boris (Bob Hoskins) and two polar bears named Muk and Luk (Phil Collins), but he is particularly resented by canine pack leader Steele (Jim Cummings), with whom he is competing for the affections of Jenna (Bridget Fonda). He eventually becomes a hero when he guides a medication-carrying sled to a townful of sick kids in the wilds of Alaska. The film features a number of positive messages (subtlety is not its strong point), but it may not feature enough humor or excitement to keep anyone but the very smallest viewers engrossed.
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Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; "Where's the Dog Sled Team Gone?"; DVD-ROM Features
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • UPC: 025192001420
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,354

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Voice Only
Lola Bates-Campbell Granddaughter
Bob Hoskins Voice Only
Bridget Fonda Voice Only
Jim Cummings Voice Only
Phil Collins Voice Only, Voice Only
Miriam Margolyes Grandma Rosy
Jack Angel Voice Only
Danny Mann Voice Only
Robbie Rist Voice Only
Juliette Brewer Rosy
Sandra Dickinson Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Donald Sinden Voice Only
William Roberts Voice Only
Garick Hagon Voice Only
Bill Bailey Voice Only
Jennifer Blanc
Jim Carter
Christine Cavanaugh
Brendan Fraser
Michael J. Shannon
Technical Credits
Simon Wells Director
Rich Arons Associate Producer
Hans Bacher Production Designer
David Bowers Animator
David Steven Cohen Screenwriter
Sahin Ersoz Animator
Sim Evan-Jones Editor
Nick Fletcher Editor
Erica Fox Asst. Director
Rodolphe Guenoden Animator
Mick Harper Animator
Stephen Hickner Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Elana Lesser Screenwriter
Bob Litvak Casting
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Mann Songwriter
Nicolas Marlet Animator
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Mate Animator
Ellen Parks Casting
Tom Paul Sound/Sound Designer
Patsy Pollock Casting
Bonne Radford Executive Producer
Jan Richter-Friis Cinematographer
Cliff Ruby Screenwriter
William Salazar Animator
Roger S.H. Schulman Screenwriter
Kristof Serrand Animator
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Rob Stevenhagen Animator
Jeffrey J. Varab Animator
Tracy Warbin Makeup
Cynthia Weil Score Composer
Steve Winwood Score Composer
Dick Zondag Animator
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. In Central Park [3:00]
2. The Winter of 1925 [7:13]
3. The Half-Breed [14:40]
4. Quarantine [1:23]
5. The Fastest Dog [6:10]
6. Lost... [2:01]
7. Balto's Quest [4:04]
8. Steele's Big Slip [1:31]
9. Balto & the Bear [3:21]
10. The Rescuers [2:58]
11. The New Leader [2:18]
12. The "Survivor" [5:54]
13. Time of the Wolf [3:05]
14. Avalanche! [4:26]
15. The Ice Cavern [:52]
16. A Hero! [1:50]
17. The Indomitable Spirit [5:36]
18. End Titles [1:54]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      "Where's the Dog Sled Team?" Game
         Play
      Theatrical Trailer
      DVD-ROM Features
      DVD Newsletter
      Recommendations
         Balto 2: Wolf Quest
         Beethoven's 4th
         The Land Before Time: The Stone of Cold Fire
         The Land Before Time: The Big Freeze
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Español
      Spoken Language: Français
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: None
   Play
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!

    This movie is a great film! Animations look wonderful, the main characters are well voiced and are each given a life of their own, and the story itself is powerful and meaningful. Screw the fact that this is a kids movie and you just might enjoy it! Once you get into the story, you'll find it's not quite as kiddish as you thought. Also the fact that NOBODY SINGS in the film is a plus all its own! There's not a whole lot of action in the first part of the movie but it gets better later on. I actually wouldn't recommend this movie for smaller children because it's story might be harder to follow. Over all this movie is great! I loved watching it as a kid and still watch it occasionally during Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY FAVORITE KID MOVIE : )

    I love this movies I would have to say this was my favorite kid movie ever . I love the character and everything about. The characters are funny and almost every little kid will love this movie as much as me : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Balto

    Good movie with nice color and fun characters with good voices to lend the characters of the movie. Entertaining too for any age. Enjoyed it.

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