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« on: July 18, 2014, 08:06:46 AM »
The Balto Movies

Let's inaugurate the new section with my favorite animated movies:

Balto (1995)
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The half-wolf Balto doesn't know, where he belongs. Avoided by the dwellers of Nome, only his true friends stick by him.

When a influenza epidemic breaks out in the town, medicine must be carried to Nome - from the more than 670 miles aparted town Nenana. The team is lead by Balto's adversary, the arrogant Steele. When the team gets lost in a snowstorm, Balto sets out to bring the medicine to Nome.
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I would say: This is THE favorite movie for me. Seen the trailer in 1996 and I was totally fascinated by the animation. 4 years later, the movie aired in free-tv, where I recorded it to VHS. NEver got a VHS that was so often played :D Then, the DVD was announced, along with a sequel. Of course, I had to buy both.

What makes the movie so fascinating? At that time, it was only the animation for me. But there's so much more: It based (loosely) on a true story, it has great voice actors, it has one of the best scores, I ever heard in an animated movie, it has no singing. Only the polar bears are annoying.

In conclusion, I can say: What the Animals of Farthing Wood and Watership Down are for me as tv-series, the Balto movies are as films.

Wolfquest (2001)
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Balto becomes a father. All five puppies find a new home, only his daughter Aleu isn't adopted, because she looks more like a wolf than her brothers and sisters.

When she realizes her descent, she's running distracted away from home to find a place in her life. And so, a swashbuckling wolf hunting starts in Alaskas icy wilderness, full of mystical creatures and indian mythology.
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Well, the first movie will be unreached. But the second one has definitely a more interesting story. Full of mystic, indian spirit and wolves :D And it has great songs! Only the animation is a flaw. Like the third season of Watership Down, there is so much to discuss and to discover. Many things aren't clear in the beginning. After watching the movie again and again, you will still recognize new elements and links.

Wings of Change (2003)
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The technical progress is coming to Nome. Planes can deliver the post and other goods faster than sled dogs. Even Balto and his son Kodi have to experience that.

To find out, which transportation is better for the post delivery, a race between Baltos sled dog team and the pilot Duke - whose plane is fascinating Balto vigorous - is staged.

But when Duke never reaches the target place, Balto, Boris' new girlfriend Stella, Muk and Luk start the quest. Since not only Duke is missing, on board was Boris, who was chased into the plane by Stella.
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The third movie is orientated more to the first one. Wolves have no role (btw an interesting development: The first movie was half dedicated to huskys, half dedicated to wolves. The second one was dedicated to wolves and this one is dedicated only to huskys). The story could also be based on true events (at least, discussions, if the post will be delivered better by dogs or plane are possible, I think).

The movie got a nice sub-plot with Boris and Stella. Many fans hated Stella. I would say, she is that extra something in the movie. And to put the cherry on the cake, the movie has imo great animations for an dtv-sequel and a really nice score.


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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 10:04:30 PM »
I've only seen the first Balto, none of the sequels.  I know it was based on the story of a dog sled team.  Its a fine film.  I liked it for the fact I like wolves, wolf pictures, things like that.  I also like listening to music from James Horner, so it was nice that he decided to compose the film.  I believe it was the last film for Steven Speilberg's animation company.  If Steven liked it and approved of it, usually its pretty good!

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 06:22:13 PM »
I saw all three movies about Balto. The movies are very good. I like at the most Aleu, the daugther of Balto, of the second movie. The music is great.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2015, 04:50:38 PM »
Sorry I keep sounding so negative in my comments... XD

Balto, fair enough it's a decent film. Not my favourite, yet still nice enough. Really like Balto's design.

The sequels can be given a miss. :P They're not awful... they just don't build much from the original. Last time I watched Wolf Quest I did half consider selling it on. Just not much to it in my opinion. :)
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2015, 04:56:47 PM »
:meh Out of my sight  :p



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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2015, 01:41:29 AM »
A decent DVD release (or better yet, blu-ray) would be nice.  Pretty sure this was a widescreen film, yet we have a full-screen release in the states. :(  Pair it up with An American Tail and/or Land Before Time and I'll buy it.

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2015, 06:22:30 AM »
Wow, only Fullscreen? :huh

We have a Widescreen-Release (even in Dolby Surround (although the cover says Stereo). It also has an amazing documentation about the Serum Run (running 26 minutes).


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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2015, 12:17:06 PM »
Yeah we got...garbage, just to be nice. ;)  The serum run documentary is on youtube because it talks about the animated film as well.  When I saw that An American Tail got a blu-ray release (still haven't bought it yet, but I was waiting for the price to crash) I was hoping other Bluth/Speilberg film would too.  Balto and the Land Before Time would be the other two I really want on blu-ray.  If and when they get to LBT, I'm curious what they'll do since the OAR of that film is the academy ratio of 1.37:1, not widescreen.  Pretty sure Balto is natively widescreen, so that's what we should be getting, but I could very well be wrong.

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2015, 12:20:20 PM »
Actually, speaking of this film, what do you think of the changes they did to make the story more dramatic?  I think it had to be done or it wouldn't be much of a story.  Balto is hardly the only hero of the run...lots of dogs helped get the medicine back, he just happened to be the lead dog of the final team.  Supposedly that makes the sledding purists upset because they don't believe Balto should've got all the glory.

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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2015, 08:38:06 AM »
I still think, Balto is, as an animated children/family-movie perfect as it is. But a movie, based on the book "The Cruelest Miles" would be amazing :)


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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2019, 07:43:52 PM »
I love the first Balto so much! <3 I want to see the sequels! Nowadays there are no more good family movies than before  :(

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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2019, 04:28:54 AM »
I thought the first Balto was almost perfect. The blizzard feels intense and brutal, their mission feels urgent as the epidemic continues to grow, there's a great sharpness to how each character's drawn and vivid colors (especially the bear with the red and blue colors), great characters (I'm very fond of Star thanks to his voice and ears), and a transcendent ending and credits as the final shot fades out and "Reach For The Light" plays. Great pace and energy to the movie. It made me interested in finding out the real-life story... then I watched a documentary I forget the name of and thought the real thing was even better. Needless to say I'm eagerly awaiting a film about Togo. But the animated Balto is great too.

I both love and hate Balto 2: Wolf Quest. I love Aleu (her feisty personality and face and voice), the incredible colors, and the cool fading effect whenever the mysterious raven moves. And I eventually warmed up to the singing mouse. But there were so many surreal moments that nothing seemed to make sense, Jenna looks a little different and isn't as lively, and the villains are boring. In hindsight I love it more than hate it since it's certainly nice to look at, it feels ambitious, and Aleu's my favorite character in the franchise.

And I was bored by Balto 3: Wings of Change, I don't remember it ever trying to do anything exciting. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations, after hearing it was more like the first film (so I thought it might be perilous like the first too) and Sean Astin voicing Kodi (I'm sure he did alright but I wasn't wowed by Kodi). The only thing I do remember was having to shield my eyes from Stella, this film doesn't need an in-your-face love interest. Well, now that I have Netflix I can give it a second chance, so I'll try watching it tomorrow.

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Re: The Balto Movies
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2019, 09:58:13 PM »
I rewatched the first Balto and loved it. I remember liking the second one but haven't seen it in a long time, and I watched the 3rd one once but didn't care for it.
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2019, 11:40:34 PM »
First Balto is great!

Second and Third are meh, I mean they're OK but the 3rd one lacks in a real antagonist.
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