Much better than the 2nd, but still lacking...
Overall, for a direct-to-video movie, this was pretty good. There
actually was a coherent plot, better character writing (as compared to
the 2nd one), and awesome graphics. But, I still don't feel that this
movie captured the true essence of Balto.
My two biggest problems with this movie are 1) the voices. It really
detracts from animated sequels when they don't use the same actors. I
sit there through half the movie not really believing it's that
character because I'm trying to get used to the different voice. And 2)
The writers conveniently left Aleu out of the story just to better fit
their plot. That makes the story even less believable to me because you
know he has a daughter and she's just not there...I mean, at least give
an explanation as to why she's not in the story. And yes, this is a
kid's animated movie, and some may argue that I'm holding my standards
too high, but one of the key elements to making a successful sequel is
to make it believable--you have to feel like you're in the movie, and
believe what you're seeing.
As for the actual content of the movie, the plot in this one is much
better. There actually is a purpose, and while it's not as heroic or
pivotal as in the first Balto, it is still important. Personally, I
think it would've been a lot more interesting if Balto had been in a
race and gotten hurt somewhere in the wilderness, and his son Kodiak &
his daughter Aleu had to lead a team to find him and save him. I would
also have put Jenna on Balto's team...I don't like that she just sits
on the sidelines and delivers good advice--her character has much more
potential than that. I think the solo sequences with Boris & Stella
detract from the movie. It started off well because we care about Boris
and like that he's found someone, but then they just go off the deep
end with the song and dance number. The only song worthwhile in this
movie was Jenna's song to Balto, but even then, the 'lyrics' as it were
are so one-dimensional and juvenile I couldn't decide whether to laugh
Overall, I think the ratings for this sequel are inflated because the
2nd one was such a disappointment. The big difference with this movie
is that it does partially recapture the feel of the first Balto, but
the characters are still severely underdeveloped and a little typecast.
So while this movie is definitely watchable, there wasn't enough
conflict and/or obstacles in this movie to make it interesting and
further the plot along, especially considering there is no villain.
Kudos to the CG animators and directors, but next time work on better
character development and PLEASE, if you can't get the same voice
talents, get some with the same voice tone.
5.5 out of 10.
hatimalsharif watch Sphere movie
hatimalsharif watch Warlock movie
: Great movie that brings the whole family together. .
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Saw the first ones, can't wait to see this one!.
KariMtz20 watch Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? movie
gotta love balto .
jlk3 watch Paintball movie
The first Balto was great. I never knew that they made two more movies..
It's a great movie about teaching determination, even in the face of daunting opposition. Also teaches about showing compassion for your 'enemies'.
this was very good.
this movies so sad.
Very inspirational and shows the meaning of what determination can dollars.
Very interesting adventure..
It is obvious that time has progressed from the first Balto installment
yet they introduce what is supposed to be a new mode of transportation,
the airplane. In the first Balto the airplane was one of the options to
get the serum to Nome, but was not able to make the flight because of
severe weather. Yet at least two years later, where Balto has grown up
offspring, the focus of the movie is on saving the pilot who is
introducing the newly assembled airplane to Nome, thats the only flaw I
could find in all the movies. Although there was a dropoff from the
first movie it is still the best dog movie hands down. Along with For a
Few Dollars More..