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Balto
Balto movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by John Alvin.
Directed by Simon Wells
Produced by Steve Hickner
Screenplay by Cliff Ruby
Elana Lesser
David Steven Cohen
Roger S. H. Schulman
Story by Cliff Ruby
Elana Lesser
Starring
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Jan Richter-Friis
Editing by Renee Edwards
Nick Fletcher
Sim Evan-Jones
Studio
  • Amblin Entertainment (credit only)
  • Amblimation
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 22, 1995 (1995-12-22)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $31 million
Money made $11.3 million

Balto is a 1995 American-British live-action/animated adventure film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely based on a true story about the dog of the same name who helped save children infected by the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome. The film stars Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins (in a dual role) and Bob Hoskins, with Miriam Margolyes in the live-action sequences. The live-action portions of the film were shot in New York City's Central Park.

The film was the third and final animated feature produced by Steven Spielberg's UK-based Amblimation animation studio. Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Bonne Radford acted as executive producers on the film. Although the film was a box office failure (it was overshadowed by the success of the competing Disney-Pixar film Toy Story) its subsequent strong sales on home video led to two direct-to-video sequels: Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) and Balto III: Wings of Change (2004), though none of the voice cast reprised their roles. Unlike the original film, the sequels were entirely animated and contain no live action scenes.

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