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Balto (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Balto
Year: 1995
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Directed By: Simon Wells
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda
About: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJwvbmRXym4

My Review:
Having never seen this movie before and having a love for Alaska, dogs and wolves I thought that this would be the perfect movie for me to watch and relax to and I was not mistaken. At the end finding out that this was also based on true events made me like this film a little more as it made the film more enjoyable for the younger audiences and could teach them about an event which happened in a way they would like.

I found this film very enjoyable and rather funny especially with the goose in which is rather moody and caring but so relateable for those who are adults, by also having the polar bears which both Balto and the goose are very good friends with added a more family vibe to the movie. The polar bears also made the watcher know it is okay to not be good at what you are meant to be, as later it could end up being something you learn and gives the message to never give up. By having Balto also being half dog and half wolf and having him need to accept both parts of himself I thought was a brilliant way of teaching people it doesn't matter your background you are capable of achieving anything if you accept yourself as you are and don't try to be someone or something that you aren't. Having this shown by Balto seeing a white wolf was a really emotional moment of the movie and made me smile so much as well as feel proud for the character of Balto. While this is happening having the sick children and showing how Balto went to save them after the lead sled dog wasn't helping was really sweet and made me care for Balto a lot and worry about the children in which could have died without Balto's help. Having the main sled dog also fight Balto and try and ruin his chances of saving the children just because it wouldn't have been himself saving the children and getting all of the recognition for it while Balto didn't want to fight showed that violence solves nothing and while there might be obstacles in the way do not give up on something in which you are determined to do. When the pack also sides with Balto I thought was amazing by showing that they just wanted someone who would look after them and care for the children and didn't care about much else. I did find that the animation was really good and I liked the style in which it was drawn up as well, not only this but by having live action at the beginning having the woman trying to find the memorial and at the end reading what the memorial said I thought was really good way to bring the movie altogether as a whole.

I did think that the movie could have been improved by showing more about the sled dogs in total so that people would be able to see the real impact in which the dogs had and what they had to go through more than just the snow. Not only this but I wish that they showed more about the man who was going to get the medicine but ended up getting injured.

Overall, this movie is brilliant for the whole family and has brilliant messages through it for the younger audience as well as the older people viewing the movie. I would recommend this movie to those who love dogs and want an animation movie with a good message throughout it. Definitely a movie I am going to watch again and highly recommend for people to watch.   

My Rating: 4/5 

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