- 1 hr 18 min
"Balto" is a partial true story that combines animation and live action to keep your children completely engrossed. The story begins with an old woman who is telling her granddaughter the story about a wolf-dog who beats the odds and does great things. Balto is a stray half dog, half wolf that is shunned by both animal and human alike. However, he does have a few friends of the odd kind. A goose named Boris fathered Balto in a way and two polar bears names Muk and Luk serve as his adoptive brothers and a huge comic relief. The trio of friends keep his spirits up and try to make Balto understand that he’s special no matter what anyone else thinks. Pedigree doesn’t make the dog, but he still can’t get over the feeling of not belonging. He’s too much dog to be one of the wolves, and he’s too much wolf to be one of the dogs. It doesn’t help matters that he is resented by the canine pack leader Steele, the pride and joy of the sled dogs in town. To worsen this, Balto and Steele both compete for the affections of Jenna, a beautiful, lovable husky female. Granted, Jenna always finds herself wanting to be in Balto’s company more than that of Steele. On one occasion Steele even set Balto up to make it seem like the wolf-dog had stolen meat from the butcher when in reality Steele had stolen it to eat himself. Afterwards, Balto notices that Jenna is worriedly looking into the window of her home. Jenna tells him that her little owner has fallen ill and needs medication. That’s when they send the sled dog team to retrieve it. Balto wants to help but in the end is left behind to wait with everyone else. Eventually, Balto proves himself to the town when a storm blows in and stops the transit of the medication-carrying sled which is bringing in medication for all of the sick children in their Alaska town. Balto and his trio race off into the snow storm to try and assist the sled-dogs, led by Steele. A battle of pride and heroism ensues and eventually Balto manages to not only bring the medication home in time, but he also proves that you shouldn’t judge what you don’t know.