Balto II: Wolfquest

 
Dramatic sequel has some suspense and emotional intensity.
  • Review Date: August 22, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Through talk, example, and song, this movie shows it's OK to be different.

Positive role models

Balto is a brave wolf who loves his daughter Aleu despite her being "different" from the other puppies born to his wife, Jenna. He will do anything to protect her from the trepidations of nature and man. Aleu grows to accept the fact that she is different from her brother and sister puppies, who look like huskies whereas she looks like a wolf.

Violence & scariness

A hunter shoots his rifle at the main characters before a wolf defends them by attacking the hunter by biting him and knocking him over. A wolf gets into fights with a bear, some badgers, and other wolves. The bear and badgers have red, demonic-looking glowing eyes.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a fair amount of emotionally draining scenes that may actually hit harder for adults than children. Some eyes may get a little misty watching the adoption process of Balto's cubs -- and the one wide-eyed pup who's consistently passed over and left unadopted. There are a few emotional outbursts (mainly involving anger and feelings of displacement) in this otherwise buoyant animated adventure. Familial relationships are explored from a variety of angles. There are a few tense moments: A hunter shoots his rifle at the main characters before a wolf defends them by attacking the hunter by biting him and knocking him over. A wolf gets into fights with a bear, some badgers, and other wolves. The bear and badgers have red, demonic-looking glowing eyes.

What's the story?

Wolf/dog hybrid Balto (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) needs all the courage he can muster when his only remaining daughter, Aleu (voiced by Lacey Chabert), discovers her father's wolf heritage and runs away in utter defiance of her family's history. Ever the good papa, Balto promises mother Jenna to return the child safe and sound despite risking life and limb from slant-eyed wolverines, cunning foxes, and a sinister, rival pack of wolves that brings his nightmarish fantasies to brimming, painful reality.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's no shortage of drama in BALTO II: WOLFQUEST, as everyone's favorite mongrel and his daughter take the long way toward figuring out who they are -- and where they belong. Touching song and dance numbers add to the movie's intensity while presenting some thought-provoking demands of its youthful audience.

Equally balanced with laughs, this sequel offers a perfect blend of entertainment, suspense, and wholesome values to an impressionable audience that is sure to learn the universal consistency of change, the values of self-esteem, and the power of a good dream in one 85-minute sitting. With so many positives, it's easy to forgive the film's tendency to be a little long-winded in certain segments while giving the story's hero, Balto, a decidedly wimpy voice.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the self-esteem issues plaguing the principle characters. Does what you are (racially, ethnically, sexually) necessarily define who you are? If not, then what does? Such dialogue could provide a positive springboard for discussion toward a greater appreciation of diversity.

  • Does the violence in this movie seem appropriate to the action, or does it seem gratuitous?

  • How are animals (and humans) conveyed in this movie? How do these characterizations compare to other movies in which animals talk?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 19, 2002
DVD release date:February 19, 2002
Cast:David Carradine, Jodi Benson, Lacey Chabert
Director:Phil Weinstein
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Wild animals
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWebkinzEvelyn January 2, 2014
age 5+
 

Cute and fun!

Cute movie but it has nothing bad in it! Unlike the first one it has nothing parents should know that might make them very curious. It is a great movie but yeah then again I love wolves! This tale is good for wolf and puppy lovers! So bring it home for the whole family to enjoy! :)
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Teen, 16 years old Written byjoshuab2897 May 17, 2013
age 11+
 

balto2

the best movie ever beside the first
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