movie film review | chris tookey
 
     
     
 

Balto


Unknown - all rights reserved
     
  Balto Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
4.60 /10
 
Starring
With the voices of:, Balto ........... Kevin Bacon, Boris ........... Bob Hoskins
Full Cast >
 

Directed by: Simon Wells
Written by: Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser, David Steven Cohen and Roger S.H. Schulman

 
 
 
Released: 1995
   
Genre: ADVENTURE
CARTOON
FAMILY
CARTOON & LIVE ACTION
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 74
 
 


 

Balto (voiced by Kevin Bacon) is half wolf, half dog, snubbed by the huskies in all the best Arctic circles, but anxious to impress a pedigree dog (voiced by Bridget Fonda) whose young owner will die of diphtheria unless a sled gets through with anti-toxin drugs. Balto predictably saves the day, helped by a Russian goose (voiced by Bob Hoskins) and two polar bears (voiced by Phil Collins, for some unfathomable and unfunny reason, as cockneys).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

Bookmark and Share

A canine cartoon adventure set in 1920s Alaska - Lady and the Tramp with fur coats. The script is a mushy parable about racism, too many of the jokes fall flat, and more dramatic use could have been made of Balto's wolfishness; but small children will find the action thrilling; and it's good to see British director Simon Wells - backed by Steven Spielberg's production unit at Universal Studios - taking on Disney at their own game, and providing a decent alternative.

Key to Symbols