Balto (1995)


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Nome is an island: Based-on-true-story about the sled dog who led a famed mission of mercy for Alaskan children in 1925. Enough animated schmaltz to melt the polar cap.

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Critic Reviews for Balto

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The goose and bears, in particular, don't add much to the proceedings, while Balto himself proves rather blandly heroic.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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The makers of this half-hearted animated feature let the story ramble on with a minimum of second-hand plotting and characterisation.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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Avoiding the mythological grandiosity and freneticism that afflict so many animated features these days, "Balto" makes modesty a virtue.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Even as voiced by Bacon, Balto doesn't have the sort of charisma to get kids to truly root for him.

Aug 15, 2002 | Full Review…

The love story is pure mush, not helped by the bland voice work done by Kevin Bacon as Balto and Bridget Fonda as dainty husky Jenna.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

A mushy animated melodrama.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Balto

Balto is a hugely under rated animated film. It was released at the same time as Toy Story and therefore overshadowed. But I preffered this film, I enjoyed it because it was funny and Bob Hoskins shows real enthusiasm to his character of the goose who is Balto's sidekick. Balto is one of the greatest hero's of an animated film and whilst watching you'll care about what he does next. I know you see a lot of animated films with the central character as an outcast but I will say Balto is the best of them all.

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Yet another kids movie about a dog who's an outcast and ends up saving the day. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

Aj V
Aj V

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A fantastic and very underrated animated film from the 90s with great voice acting, great animation, and some great drama.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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Fun to watch as a kid and still at least slightly fun as an adult. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

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