When a dangerous disease threatens the children of Alaska, Balto the wolf, Boris the goose and Steele the sled dog must lead a dog team across 600 miles of snowy terrain to recover medicines. Across the way they face many hardships. Inspired by a true story.
This film is loosely based on a true story about the dog of the same name who helped save children infected by the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome.
Jenna's character design was inspired by Audrey Hepburn.
Following the serum run, Gunnar Kasaan, the musher, sold Balto on a nationwide tour. Afterward, the real Balto and his team were sold to a movie producer named Sol Lesser, who made a movie called Balto's Race to Nome (1925), eulogizing Balto. After that, the team was sold again and put on exhibit as a kind of curiosity show. The dogs were abused, neglected, and forgotten, until a Cleveland businessman named George Kimbal, with the help of Cleveland school children, bought the six remaining dogs for the then astounding sum of two thousand dollars, which they raised in two weeks. The dogs were brought to the Cleveland Zoo, and lived out their lives in peace. When Balto died in 1933, he was stuffed, and put on display in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Togo was the real hero of the 1925 serum run. The twelve-year-old husky led his sled dog team through 260 miles of blowing Alaskan blizzard to deliver emergency diphtheria serum to Nome. Balto received most of the fame, because he led the final 55 miles.
22 Dec 1995 ● English ● 1 hr 18 mins
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