A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate, though kids might get curious about how things like mail delivery worked in the 1920s.
Honesty is the best policy. Helping others in need takes precedence over how those in need treated you in the past.
Positive Role Models
Balto goes out of his way to help a rival, even though it might endanger his livelihood. Balto teaches his son Cody the importance of persistence, and of always doing the right thing.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish falls and chasing involving geese, sled dogs, and moose. A main character's plane crashes into the wintry woods. A character nearly falls off a collapsing cliff.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cartoonish flirtation between a pair of geese, reminiscent of burlesque and 1940's musicals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this third installment of the animated Balto movies includes some scenes of action and peril, like a plane crash and a near escape from a fall, along with other cartoonish pratfalls. The importance of doing the right thing, especially the need to set aside past differences when someone is in trouble, is a strong message here. The main story is interspersed with a funny storyline regarding flirtations between a pair of geese. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This third installment of the Balto series feels a bit padded here and there with superfluous songs and boy-goose-meets-girl-goose side stories. But the central story of dogs vs. plane is engaging enough to keep everyone in the family interested.
It's a decent mix of action and comic relief, plus enthralling chase scenes and characters learning to do the right thing. Furthermore, as it's set in 1928 Nome, Alaska, BALTO 3: WINGS OF CHANGE also provides an opportunity for families to discuss what day-to-day reality was like for those who lived there back then, and how it contrasts with how we live today.
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