This movie was great, and I cannot see how someone could not like it. (by fatalframer122)
It is only my opinion, but this was probably one of the best animated movies I have ever viewed. I cannot understand why someone could disagree against this movie. Character voicing was superb, full of life and very well constructed. Aniamtion was beautiful, with smooth backgrounds and even up to the little details such as footprints left behind in the snow. The music was probably the best part of all, with the excellent orchestral background, full of dramatic phrases during an intense part of the movie. It especially sounds great when you're supporting surround sound.This movie was a <more>
great movie and people think it was one of the greatest letdowns in the 1990's. In my opinion, it was the greatest animated movie and I would recommend that you should watch it with your family or with a friend. It is a fantastic movie...
Where can I start? This movie is greatly animated, directed and written. There's no cheesy songs to slow it up or a boring storyline. Every angle that is shown is perfect, every background and colour scheme is great. The music by James Horner is well done and fits the moods of the film. Whether you're a kid or an adult, you will find yourself cheering Balto on.
Awesome review for an awesome movie (by Dragondrawer88)
Balto has been a favorite movie of mine ever since it came out. This is the touching story of an out casted half dog half wolf named Balto voiced by the talented Kevin Bacon who's voice added a slight charm to the Balto character. The story takes place in Nome Alaska in the year 1925. A sickness as stricken the town's children and with out the antitoxin which is located hundreds of miles away in town of Nanana, the children will surly die. The dog team sent to retrieve the medicine which is led by Balto's almost arch nemesis Steel, is lost in a horrible snow storm. Now it is up to <more>
Balto to find the missing sled dog team and bring the medicine back to Nome before it is too late.This movie is so gripping, I can never sit through the whole thing without balling my eyes out. This movie has a great plot which is based of a true story, a wonderful cast of voice actors, and a vary flowing animation style. This movie is so gripping and compelling that it as inspired me to become an cartoonist. I loved this movie so much that some how I found out I have three copies of it in my movie library. Surly this movie is worth seeing or owning if it makes a 17 year old shows tears for it, or sets the course for his career. Call me a geek but this movie is perfect for any one who likes talking animals, old school basic animation, and happy endings.
Excellent, overlooked animated film. (by La Gremlin)
It's not hard to see why this movie wasn't particularly popular check out the scene where the carpenter is shown sadly preparing small coffins , but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a look. It's actually one of the best underrated animated films of the 90's. The drama is real, the visuals are beautiful, and the story ends happily. The live action prologue and epilogue are a little distracting, but they're made up for by a random and hilarious visual shout-out to "E.T."
A Wonderful movie... released at the wrong time. (by slayguy86)
To cut to the chase as it where, the movie is touching, heart warming and looks beautiful on screen. But what makes me sad is that it just came at a bad time, Disney had just done the Lion King and I feel that Balto was just over shadowed by the monster that is Walt Disney studios. If it came several years before of much later it would have faired a lot better. The voice acting cast is although unusual perfect.Take Kevin Bacon, to be honest considering all that he has done this role stands out as the most odd of his career, he plays the character so down to earth that it makes you wonder if <more>
it's him thats voicing it. Trust me I had to check the credits to be sure. He's a god of an actor don't get me wrong but usually tends to play the more risky and challenging roles, I wonder why he picked this one.Watch it, you'll see what I mean.
Balto was a movie I stumbled upon by accident as I surfed through the channels one Sunday afternoon. With little else on, I thought I may as well watch the animated movie.It was a nice, normal animated feature. However, there was another side to the movie that kept clawing its way forward from my sub-conscious.The movie seemed to project another, more emotional side. This is perhaps the result of the animation style.I found that the artistic side of the film was fantastic. Sure, it did not live up to the technical achievements of some animated classics, but the techniques used helped it.Balto <more>
was not just separated from other dogs and people, he was a character rejected by the world who had made a life for himself on the verge of civilization.On one occasion, he encounters some wolves, but is unable to follow them. He returns to his make-shift home with his pride shattered once again. Here we see the dejected Balto, head down, climb into his home in front of a marvelous sunset. Many of the movie stills could be mistaken for art in their own right.These larger themes create a balance for the more trivial, child-oriented side of the movie.I found the movie to be extremely enjoyable when I blocked out the childish moments and focussed on the artistic depictions of Balto's emotions, and the numerous possible tandoms that could be drawn to his role as an outcast.Also, it's worth noting this movie has strong morals. Balto avoids conflict whenever possible, and tries to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. These are the sort of "lessons of the day" now rejected by most animation studios.One can only imagine this movies potential if it were to be aimed at an adult or teen audience.For its fantastic visuals and strong characters, I rate this movie: 9/10
This film has a seriousness and drama to it that will surprise you. There are no songs, and it has an adult feel to it, with mature themes and exciting action. The voice characters are its main failing, with Kevin Bacon giving rather flat performance to Balto, and there is an overall lack of conviction in most of the other voices as well. But this movie has good story and excellent pacing- there are several gripping action sequences, and very few childish moments. Balto is an excellent family film, and will keep adults and older kids enthralled and entertained. I think it's a little too <more>
serious for very young kids to enjoy, though. It has realism and is not light hearted. There are ideas about sickness, death and prejudice which are used very well to move this story along and help resolve it in the end. This is a hero story with a feel-good ending, and plenty of adventure along the way. The art and appearance is interesting and unique, mostly classic animation with a few computer assisted scenes-- the overall look is tidy and quality, with some charm and humor that will get you smiling. It has a live action entry and closure including a view of the Balto statue in Central Park which acts as a tie-together, and the true story behind this movie gives it additional appeal. This film, like the WB's 'Iron Giant', has been breezed over by the public and not gotten the recognition it deserves. I would recommend Balto for anyone who likes dogs, realism, or just a smooth, enjoyable film.
A beautifully-crafted animated tale for the whole family (by Bumdark)
2D Animation has fallen on some very tough times in recent years, with the advent of 3D computer-generated movies. It's not that one is really better than the other is; they're simply two different mediums. It's that one should not suffocate the other one in the market, as they both have their own specialties and peculiarities.One of the last fully 2D hand-drawn movies made was 'Balto', out of Steven Spielberg's Amblimation Animation Studios which then closed down forever following 'Balto''s lukewarm reception . It was a cruel twist of fate that <more>
'Balto' was released at the same time as Pixar's groundbreaking 'Toy Story', for the latter definitely attracted all the glances and sucked Balto's steam dry. Considering all that 'Balto' is about, that's somewhat of a crime against animation in itself.But enough of the melodrama. 'Balto' is based, of course, on the true story of the real-life 1925 Serum Run to bring back antitoxin to stricken Nome, Alaska, which was overtaken by a vicious bout of diphtheria. Although the real story wasn't quite as stylized as depicted in this movie, the film certainly holds a proud candle to the real men and their dogs that risked their lives against insane odds and became heroes even though in the end, only one dog was remembered .In the cold winter of 1925, the town of Nome is cheering their dogsled teams as they fiercely compete to win the annual race. One of the onlookers is Balto Kevin Bacon , a wolfdog with a gentle spirit and a brave heart. However, his half-wolf status results in him being feared by the townspeople and disdained by the other pedigreed dogs led by the cunningly malicious Steele , and he finds himself depressed and lonely most of the time. His only friends consist of an unlikely trio: a flightless Russian goose named Boris voiced by Bob Hoskins, and with an accent and mannerisms that can't help but crack you up , and two polar bear siblings, Muk and Luk Phil Collins , who can't swim.Balto soon falls smitten with Jenna, a beautiful husky who belongs to a little girl named Rosy, who is the only human so far to be friendly to Balto. However, as the infection hits, all the children Rosy included fall dangerously ill, and the town is out of medicine. I'll let you look up the conditions on getting new antitoxin for yourself this is a review, not a historical paper , and now Nome must send their best and fastest dogs on a dangerous race against time to retrieve the waiting serum at the town of Nenana some 700 miles away or so. The team faces deadly blizzards, treacherous ice and unpredictable climates, and soon, as can be predicted, they end up hopelessly lost. It's now up to Balto and his ragtag team of mismatched friends to battle their way through the Alaskan winter wilderness to try and bring the medicine back home, and save both the team, and the stricken children back in Nome.Being a music aficionado, the first thing that I fell in love with about this movie was James Horner's beautiful score. I would even be bold enough to state it can rival his work on 'Titanic' 1997 , though I suspect many wouldn't perhaps agree. The pieces are always moving and magical, and truly bring the scenes to life in ways that couldn't have been accomplished without it.The hand-drawn animation in this movie is excellent, one of the best in many years. The winter scenery is beautiful, and the characters are all well-drawn and animated. The voice acting is largely solid especially for Boris, for whom I've already expressed my amusement , yet some of them seem to fall a bit short. Kevin Bacon seems slightly flat as Balto, and Bridget Fonda Jenna seems slightly dispassionate at times.There are many things to be enjoyed concerning this film. For me, it's that while it does follow a traditional formula seen in animated family movies, it seems to leave out all the annoying bits such as those irritating sing-along songs, for starters . There are the standard bumbling sidekicks, but they're more akin to comic relief than to actually accompanying the hero through his entire journey, and that's not to mention the humor in this film is genuinely funny and pleasant, not forced or contrived like in most animated movies.Some would be a little surprised to find some of the themes in this film are rather more grim and dark than in most other family-oriented animation films; there's a very real sense of impending mortality, especially towards the children of Nome, as demonstrated in one scene where we see several small coffins being made. In contrast, there are also some truly beautiful scenes, such as a little trick Balto teaches Jenna that leads to a mountainside being illuminated by artificial Northern Lights.If you haven't seen 'Balto' yet, do yourself and the movie a favor and grab it while it's still available in some areas took me weeks to find my own DVD . Sure, it's applicable largely to younger audiences, but any adult capable of connecting with an emotion now and then will likely enjoy the movie to some extent. I for one love it and heartily recommend it to anyone who craves some good and decent 2D animation, those markets being so barren these days.* * * * * For reminding us what traditional animation was like with its magic and beauty, I award 'Balto' 8.5 bottle of antitoxin out of 10.PS Was I the only one who was surprised to learn it was Phil Collins who voiced Muk & Luk? Was I also the only one who totally failed to recognize this legendary singer's voice? So shamed
I am surprised that I like this at all. I first saw this when I was in fifth grade watching this film for the Iditarod unit. This film is actually based on a true event that happened in 1925. The main character is a half dog, half wolf that wants happiness and companionship, but he is neglected. Then one day, children fall sick because of severe sickness. Medicine can be reached only by dogsled. A team is sent out, but they get lost. Then, Balto comes to the rescue. This movie has some funny points and some serious points. The voice acting was good and the script worked well. The score was <more>
also pretty good. The only negative thing is why animation! It would've been better without animation. But, overall this surprising film gets a 8/10.