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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Phil Collins, Bob Hoskins, Miriam Margolyes
  • Directors: Simon Wells
  • Writers: Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser, David Steven Cohen, Roger S.H. Schulman
  • Producers: Steve Hickner, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TSMN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Amblin Entertainment presents a dazzling, animated adventure about one of the most courageous canines of all time! Based on a true story, Balto will touch your heart. Part husky/part wolf, Balto doesn't know where he belongs. He's an outcast in Alaska, except to his true friends - Boris, the Russian snow goose; polar bear cubs Muk and Luk; and the beautiful husky, Jenna. Even though he's different, all of Balto's friends recognize what he still can't see himself: his noble spirit. One day, a serious diptheria epidemic spreads fast among the children of Nome. When a fierce blizzard closes off all routes of transport, there's no way to obtain lifesaving medicine...unless a team of sled dogs can race six-hundred miles through the blinding Arctic storm and bring back anti-toxin. But when the dogs get lost in the frozen wilderness, only Balto can rescue the team and save the children. Starring the voices of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins and Phil Collins, Balto is the remarkable tale of a hero who inspired a nation - and became a legend!

    Customer Reviews

    My kids loved this movie!
    THE GOOD: Great voice-acting, good story, great music, thrilling action moments, and funny humor.
    Balto which is based on a true story is one of the best movies I ever saw.
    Bambi L. Tuckey

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    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Becky on August 9, 2000
    Format: VHS Tape
    An appealing story which will be cherished by people of all ages, this movie chronicles the life of Balto, a half husky, half wolf outcast whose courage and noble spirit is ignored by the inhabitants of his hometown of Nome, Alaska, the town dogs, and even the wolf packs of the surrounding wilderness, because of his parentage. The wolves won't accept him because he is half husky. The townspeople won't accept him because he is half wolf, warning their children, "You can't trust him. He's half wolf. He might bite you," ignoring his innate gentleness. Little do they realise that someday soon they will have cause to be grateful to Balto, that they will paraise him as a hero.
    When Nome is stricken by a diptheria epidemic, the only way the antidote can reach the town is via the local sled dog team, which is led by the arrogant Steele. But when the team becomes lost in a blinding blizzard, it is up to Balto to rescue them, compelling him to embark upon a journey so perilous that he is forced to rely on his half wolf lineage in order to survive, during which he finally learns to celebrate and appreciate this aspect of himself, realising that this uniqueness is a gift.
    Unlike with Disney animated features, the cinematic release of "Balto" didn't follow a lot of studio-generated hype. Perhaps that was a shame; perhaps had the hype been bigger, more people might have gone to see it. But no amount of hype can describe the warmth, sincerity, compassion, and wholesomeness of this story. For it is a true gem, which even non animal lovers will enjoy. Balto is a cinema canine who deserves to be placed in the realms of Lassie, Benji, and Rin Tin Tin, cinematic and family icons who have touched the hearts and softened the tear ducts of millions of moviegoers for over half a century.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Stan on August 27, 2004
    Format: DVD
    I'm 20, and yet I've never heard of Balto before this year. But now I'm an absolute fan of this movie, and I've must seen it a few dozens of time now... Why? Outside of its classical aspects, this is simply a well done animated movie. To me, there's everything you need to make a great movie : great animation, attractive characters, a beautiful story, a good production... There's no dead time, no songs (except for the excellent credits one), and it's a really good thing. But above all, I love the soundtrack, composed by James Horner (= Titanic, Braveheart...) There are probably the most awesome and varied themes I've ever heard in this kind of movies. And I'm sure everybody would have put it up among Disney's greatest movies, if it had been one! So if you've never seen it, give it a try!
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    68 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Jake on May 26, 2002
    Format: DVD
    Balto is one of the most amazing animated features of all time, easily ranking with the best of Disney's efforts such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King." However, this 1995 animated classic from Universal was buried like a dog bone at the box office, and hasn't achieved the popularity it deserves even in the home entertainment market. Perhaps this is the reason that Universal decided to create a remarkably underwhelming DVD version. This is quite possibly the worst DVD I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of DVDs in the two years I've owned a player.
    The biggest problem with this release is the movie-to-DVD transfer: not only is it poorly done and grainy, but the DVD executives at Universal decided to release it exclusively in fullscreen pan and scan format with a 1:33:1 aspect ratio which never even comes close to doing the stunning visuals justice. The greatest asset of DVD, even greater than all of the room on each disc for extra features, is the widescreen capability, allowing the film to be experienced at home as it was in theaters, with up to 30% more picture presented to the left and right of the screen. Fullscreen reformats the film for 1:33:1 televisions and in doing so cops out up to one third of the original widescreen picture, thus diminishing the epic splendor of many shots. As do many animated features, "Balto" offers many stunning visual effects that would look absolutely amazing in widescreen, and yet Universal refuses to release the film as it was meant to be seen. I love this movie, and it pains me very greatly to say that as it is, this DVD isn't any better than the original 1996 VHS version I have.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "triumphthunderbird" on July 12, 2002
    Format: VHS Tape
    I have the video and I can watch it over and over again like any true Balto fan because its not really about Balto winning over Steele its about Balto realising who he is. All his friends recognise his truly noble nature, only he, an outcast to all the village dogs and people alike of Nome, cannot see it for himself. Disney has never even come close to Amblin's Balto. The music is very atmospheric and some of the scenes just remind the watcher of the seriousness of the situation. The children of Nome have all been struck down by Dipheria and the medicin has run out, only Balto is unafraid to rescue Nome alone.
    My all time favourite bit is when the white wolf teaches Balto to accept who he is, I have always loved wolves and for once theyre not featured as the bad guys.
    I definitly think people should see it and know that its based on a true story.
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