A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can learn about illnesses that struck children and others before vaccines were widely available, the difficulties of life before modern modes of transportation, and dog-sledding.
Determination, courage, selflessness, and hard work pay off.
Positive Role Models
Seppala risks his life to save others. He and his wife treat each other with kindness and support. Togo the dog is loyal, persistent, hard-working, and good natured.
Violence & Scariness
Seppala and his sled dogs face life-threatening situations, including traveling in frigid temperatures and blinding snowstorms, nearly sledding off a cliff, and traversing an icy lake that begins cracking and melting under their feet. Togo jumps through a window, cutting himself on the broken glass. Local children are dying of diphtheria and the town is at risk of an epidemic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Seppala and his wife flirt with each other and kiss.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Men gather in a bar. Constance offers a visitor whisky. Seppala travels across Alaska to retrieve medicine to treat diphtheria.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Togo shifts back and forth between slow-moving but endearing scenes of life at home for an Alaskan dog-sledder and his wife, and fast-paced, life-threatening action scenes of the man and his dog team facing down death in icy conditions and blinding snowstorms. Kids might be interested if they're familiar with the story thanks to the animated Balto series. Older viewers might need to feel a special interest for the Alaskan setting, dog-sledding, or the true events of 1925 to be fully engaged by this film. The relationship between man and dog is endearing, especially the way the dog worms his way into the man's heart, scenes that elicit some mild swearing, including "damn" and "Satan." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Togo has all the elements of a great tale for the big screen -- gorgeous settings, action enhanced by special effects, A-list star power, and an inspiring tale of humans and their handsome sled dogs. But the film juggles all these elements a little awkwardly, resulting in a solid and worthy but not entirely fulfilling movie set to premiere on the small screen.
Togo is another reminder that Dafoe can make just about any character feel authentic, though he's straddled here with a slightly distracting accent and some eccentric character moments, like when he shouts Shakespeare at his sled dogs. There are drastic shifts in tone between past and present -- Togo's puppyhood on Seppala's austere but pleasant homestead and breakneck adventure on their death-defying rescue mission. Scenes in between, when Seppala and Togo restore their physical and spiritual energy at dimly-lit Inuit-run rest houses, combine these moods and are among the most memorable in the movie.
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