Surprisingly unengaging animated adventure set in Nome, Alaska. Balto is the hero of the
story, half-wolf and half-husky. He yearns for acceptance, but his only true friends are
a Russian duck, a pair of water-shy polar bears, and a female husky named Jenna.
When diptheria strikes the town during a cruel winter, a team of sled dogs must make
a trek across the wilderness to retrieve some serum. Although Balto is the fastest dog
in the town, the job instead goes to his rival, Steel. Yet, when Steel gets into trouble
and can't make it back to Nome, it's Balto to the rescue. However, halfway through
the film, Balto jettisons both its antagonist and the comic relief, becoming purely
a race of the sled dogs against the wilderness. Children should find the film
entertaining enough, but Balto lacks the qualities that make the best animated
films a draw to both children and adults.
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