The originally role of Steele
Originally, Brendan Fraser should speak the role of Steele. But his part wasn't used. Instead, Jim Cummings becomes the voice actor of Steele.
The last Spielberg-
Balto was the last movie, that's produced by Spielberg's animation studio Amblimation. Later, Spielberg founded together with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg (ex-
After the Serum Run...
...Balto was sold by Gunnar Kasaan. He went on national tour. Later, Balto was sold to the film producer Sol Lesser, who directed the movie "Balto's Race To Nome" (1925). Then, the dog team was sold only for display. The dogs have been abused, slighted and forgotten. But then, a businessman from Cleveland, George Kimbal came. With help of some pupils from Cleveland, he could collect enough money to buy the six remaining dogs for 2,000 $. The dogs are taken to the Cleveland Zoo, where they could enjoy the rest of their lifes in peace. Balto died in 1933 and became pad. Today, he still stands in the Cleveland Museum of natural history.
The name Balto
Balto was named after the explorer of the Sámi, Samuel Balto. Furthermore, Balto is one of the most famous sled dog names.
The name Steele
Steele was named after Samuel B. Steele.
...was build by Frederick Roth at December 17th, 1925 -
Balto in real life
In real life, Balto was a husky, but to create his character more interesting, he became a half wolf in the movie.
In his later life years, balto suffers from increasingly blindness, arthritis and other, age-
The press devalues Balto as "just a goods dog".
Balto was born in 1919. In the first two years, he was responsible for transporting foods for children. He was very slow and so, he was ranked rather inappropriate for this work.
Kaltag was named after the eponymus town.
Balto's originally design
When Jenna, Dixie and Sylvie went along the street, we can see a dog, that's pulled on a leash by his owner. That should be Balto's originally design.
Balto's mother is named Aniu. This means "snow" in the inuit-
Steele calls Balto Lobo. This means wolf in spain. In the german version, he's called Lupo, derived from Canis Lupus.
Muk & Luk
The polar bears Muk & Luk are named after canadian boots, so-
After the release of the movie, Nikki became one of the most famous dog names.
The first animal actor
After Balto became famous through the Serum Run, he was casted for some silent films. So, he became one of the first animal actors in film history.
The second statue
In Anchorage stands a Balto-
Howard the Duck
When Steele hits Balto with a stone, Nikki says „Half wolf in the side pocket there“. That's a allusion to the Spielberg-
The White Wolf
For the scene with the White Wolf, records with wolf howlings where used.
When Gunnar Kasaan crosses the Topkok River, he lost orientation. But Balto could sense the right way (despite to a storm force of 50 mp/h). So, he lead the dog team save to Nome. If the decision has laid to Kasaan, he had lead the team into the wrong direction; on thinner ice, where the team would have been broken in.
After the team reached Nome,
the dogs where undercooled and exhausted, their paws where torn open and bloody, but the serum reached it's goal. Kasaan comitted the serum to Dr. Curtis Welch; then he began to remove the ice slivers from the feet of his dogs.
The last big outburst
After the serum has reached Nome, the diphteria could be stopped within five days. It was the last big outburst of the epidemic in North America.
The movie started at the same time like Disney's "Toy Story" in cinemas. So, the anticipated success fail to appear and Spielberg closed his studio Amblimation. But Balto was sold exceeding good on video, two sequels hit the market. Nonetheless, the movies remained as sleepers.