What makes Balto so amazing is the fact that it is based on a true story out of Nome, Alaska. In the winter of 1925, a husky/wolf mix proved that he could be a hero, even as an outcast, after an outbreak of diphtheria led to him leading a team of dogs through the Alaskan tundra in order to get the necessary medicine the town needed. In fact, this story is said to have been the inspiration for the Iditarod, which is the ultimate race of sled dogs.
Of course, as an animated movie, there were a number of facts that were changed to make the story work. And yet, the story is both inspirational and dramatic, which is what makes it a must watch film on so many levels.
Balto is an inspiration, and he proves that even a mutt can be amazing (which we already knew as dog lovers). Plus, the fact that we had Kevin Bacon as the voice, that was certainly a selling factor.
Honestly, this is one of those emotional movies that hits you in the feels and leaves you with a tear in the eye. And I am always down for those types of films.
We all have one movie that just sticks with us long after we have moved on with our lives. And when it comes to animated dog movies, I feel like there are a lot of stories that find a way to stick with us and both inspire and motivate us. Even animated movies can make you want to rescue a pup or get out into the world to save the day, and that is part of why I love all of the dog movies on this list, because they inspire me and make me want to always be a dog parent.
What are your favorite animated dog movies? Is there one on this list that you have watched on repeat? Tell us all about it in the comments.