Balto 3: Wings of Change

 
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Exciting dog sled story has some cartoonish violence.
  • Review Date: January 4, 2012
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This film is intended to entertain, not educate, though kids might get curious about how things like mail delivery worked in the 1920s.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Cartoonish flirtation between a pair of geese, reminiscent of burlesque and 1940's musicals.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

Balto (Maurice LaMarche), along with help from his son Cody (Sean Astin) and the rest of the dog pack, are happy to be sled dogs delivering the mail between Nome and White Mountain, Alaska in the early Spring of 1928. All this changes when a pilot named Duke arrives with his propeller plane, offering to deliver the mail, claiming to be able to deliver it faster than the dogs can. The townspeople decide to have a contest between Duke and the sled dogs; the fastest of the two gets the job. However, things go awry when Duke's plane goes down on the return trip from White Mountain, and Balto and his friends must choose between winning the contest or saving Duke's life.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While 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, 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the messages in this movie. What lessons did Balto teach his son? What would you have done in Balto's place? Did you ever wonder what choice Balto would make, or did you expect him to help Duke?

  • What similarities and differences do you see between the dogs, polar bears, geese, and moose in this movie. Why do you think the filmmakers made them act like they do?

  • What qualities make Balto a good "pack leader," and how are those shown during the film?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 1, 2005
Cast:Jodi Benson, Keith Carradine, Sean Astin
Director:Phil Weinstein
Studio:Universal Studios
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWebkinzEvelyn January 2, 2014
 

Really good movie but not the best...

It's not as good as the first two Balto movies but I think it is cute and fun and nice to see it's how I would make a movie script which is pretty weird since my scripts sound weird and cheesy so yeah... It's funny though and cute! :)
Adult Written byBalto John June 22, 2015
 

Incredible

I loved Balto 3,a fun and beautiful movie
Kid, 12 years old December 2, 2012
 

Pointless & makes no sense!

not as good as the first and second one it was actually kind of goofy with bad voice acting and an annoying theme that is stuck in my head. i got a dvd of this for my 6th birthday one of my grandmas sent it to me. my parents popped it into the dvd player and i just watched it. my brother dug down deeper and there was a package of m&ms so my brother and i ate them while the movie was playing i wasn't paying attention to what the characters where doing. i still don't understand it the only thing i like about it is that there are talking dogs with emotions. :)

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