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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Brave dog saves kids in fun but tense fact-based film.

Movie G 1995 78 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 7+

Like ice in the sunshine - Beagle music ltd

Overlooked in the very long row of 1990's family animal movies. Little in runtime and big on action and some romance too.
age 4+

Good message, interesting story

We were all engaged watching this movie about a half wolf, half dog save a town by running through a snowstorm to get vaccines. There were intense moments, but they were brief. No gross humor. Good messages. Good voices (Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins, etc).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (28 ):

Though it's not the most original or beautifully animated kids' movie out there, Balto is engaging, and kids will probably be quite entertained. There are some good laughs, and the voice performances are well done. Be aware that there is some peril and scary scenes involving the mean dog Steele and a grizzly bear encounter. Kids may also get upset when they see the small coffins that are being made for kids who might not survive the epidemic.

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