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  Balto Review
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5 /10
Average Rating
4.60 /10
With the voices of:, Balto ........... Kevin Bacon, Boris ........... Bob Hoskins
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Directed by: Simon Wells
Written by: Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser, David Steven Cohen and Roger S.H. Schulman

Released: 1995
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

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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.

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