Parents' Guide to

Balto

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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age 6+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 2+

Balto is and will always be one of my favorite childhood movies besides the land before time and all dogs go to heaven

Balto is a wonderful film that is a must for kids and families alike I personally own at least 3 different formats of the franchise and two soundtracks not to mention books plushies etc. I don’t understand how people can accuse this film of having to much sex in it it clearly does not people seem to forget that balto was made by amblin the same people responsible for making films such as the land before time and an American tale if this film truly had that much sexual content in it your local libraries wouldn’t have this film in the children’s section they would have this movie in the adult section and since balto isnt in the adults section then it must be in the kids section right ? If course I am balto was made with kids in mind they would never put anything into a child’s movie with the intention on being action packed and somewhat accurate children back then craved adventure in films back then it always kept them entertained and never wanting to leave ( believe me I was one I know what I am talking about I was raised in the 90s and born in 1986 balto isn’t as bad as everyone says it is there’s certainly a lot worse out there today like family guy and American dad and not to mention Rick and Morty those shows are so disgusting offensive and crude they take everything wrong with the world today and then it into a dirty shame filled joke balto has none of those things so parents shouldn’t worry about their kids watching balto because let’s be reasonable here balto isn’t going to teach your kids how to give the neighbors dog a blowjob that kind of content exists on shows like family guy future Rama American dad Rick and Morty and so forth. I’m finicky when it comes to choosing movies to add to my collection I won’t bring anything into my house that encourages that kind of behavior likewise I rented balto from blockbuster video before buying it beforehand back in the 90s and found that there was nothing inappropriate throughout the film whatsoever
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (29 ):

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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