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Balto

Estatua a Balto en Central Park (Nueva York).

Balto (1923-1933) Fue un perro de raza Husky siberiano, nacido en el pequeño pueblo de Nome (Alaska). Considerado como el héroe de los niños del pueblo Nome. Balto ocupó los dos primeros años de su existencia en llevar comida para los menores de edad, pese a que se le consideraba como un perro bastante lento y muy poco adecuado para este trabajo.

A principios de 1925, la difteria, una enfermedad mortal que ataca a los niños, se desarrolla en la aldea. Se requiere suero urgentemente en todos los hospitales de la zona. Por telegrama, las autoridades se enteran de que queda algo en la ciudad de Anchorage, a más de 1000 millas de allí. Pero, ¿cómo llevar la carga hasta Nome?

Se elaboró un plan: llevar los medicamentos en trineo arrastrado por perros. Participaron 20 mushers y más de 100 perros, entre los que estaba Balto. Cuando el perro guía se rompió una pata, Balto, tuvo que ocupar su lugar, aunque su recorrido como guía, fue muy poco. Una vez llegados al pueblo, Balto se llevó todo el mérito ya que a pesar de no ser un perro apto para ser el líder logró cumplir su trabajo y guíar al resto pero el perro que había sido el guía durante todo el trayecto, no se llevó ningún mérito pero si el amor de los niños y los padres hasta que lo vendieron y murió.

La prensa se apasiona con esta historia y hace de Balto el nuevo héroe de la nación. Éste aparece en las portadas de los periódicos de todo el mundo, y al final del año, una estatua, tallada por FG Roth se erige en el Parque Central con las palabras: "Resistencia - Fidelidad - Inteligencia"

Últimos años

En 1927 fue llevado al zoológico de Cleveland, junto con los otros canes del Suero de Nome de 1925, a pasar sus últimos años.

Balto falleció el 14 de marzo de 1933, con 10 años de vida y una historia para recordar.

Películas

Balto fue llevado a la pantalla grande con:

  • Balto (película) la historia del suero de 1925, película de dibujos animados estrenada en 1995.

Tuvo dos secuelas lanzadas directamente en video y DVD:

  • Balto 2: Wolf Quest historia del nacimiento de sus hijos y el crecimiento de su hija Aleu, fue estrenada en el 2002.
  • Balto 3: Wings of Change historia de un rescate a un avión realizado por Balto, película estrenada en el 2004.

 Otros usos del nombre Balto

  • En Argentina, el nombre "Balto" es utilizado como marca para un alimento para perros. En una de las publicidades de este producto, se lo ve a un estanciero que olvida las llaves de su galpón tiradas en el suelo. Su perro (que es alimentado con este producto), recoge las llaves y comienza una alocada carrera hasta el galpón, llegando antes que su dueño que se movilizaba en camioneta.
  • En España:
Balto
Balto the heroic stray wolfdog.
Balto the heroic stray wolfdog.
First appearance Balto (film)
Portrayed by Kevin Bacon,
Maurice LaMarche
Information
Nickname(s) Balto the Trouble Dog
Species 1/2 Arctic Wolf, 1/2 Siberian Husky
Gender Male
Family Jenna (mate), Boris (adoptive father), Aniu (mother), unamed father, Aleu (daughter), Kodi (son), Dingo (son), Saba (daughter), 2 unnamed puppies

 

Not a dog. Not a wolf. All he know is what he is not. If only he could see what he is.
—Boris

 

Balto is a hybrid animal (wolfdog), being conceived by a female Arctic Wolf and a male Siberian Husky. He takes residence in an old wooden boat abandoned near a town called Nome, Alaska. He lives with lifetime friend Boris the Snow Goose, and is often visited by Muk and Luk the Polar Bears.

Appearance

Balto, although resembling a wolf moreso than a dog, is actually half wolf and half dog. He has a grayish-brown colored coat and light gray fur on his underbody, neck, muzzle, and lower legs. He has yellow eyes with brown irises, though in the sequel films, his eyes could sometimes be white with brown irises, not yellow. Balto has large paws (which are mentioned in the film), a trait that was passed to him from his wolf mother.("Uh... big paws kinda run in my family. At least one side of my family." Balto to Jenna) His tail also resembles that of a wolf, rather than being curved upwards like a husky, is slanted down like a wolf.

Personality

Most of the time, Balto is happy and carefree, trying to be laid back and look on the bright side of things. However, when the townspeople are prejudiced to him, like Rosy's father, he will become gloomy and sullen, lying down on his boat. This sadness, thankfully, ceased when, after the events of Balto, the villagers finally accepted him. From there on, Balto again was happy until times when duty called, like rescuing Duke, where the wolfdog would be serious and intent on his responsibilities.

Biography

Balto

In the 1995 Animated Film Balto, by Amblimation animation studio and Universal Pictures, Balto plays the role as the protagonist. In the beginning of the film, he is portrayed as a rejected individual. The townspeople fear and despise the wolf in him, and the dogs reject him because of his difference. Balto appears to have a crush on a dog named Jenna. They encounter each other a few times in the town, but are quickly torn apart by others.

When an epidemic case of diphtheria hits the small Alaskan town of Nome, the townspeople quickly call out for aid. Nenana tries several methods to transport diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, but it quickly becomes clear that the only way to get the antitoxin through the blizzard will be by a dog team and sled. A race is held to determine the fastest dogs that will make the team. Balto enters and wins the race, but is not chosen because of his heritage.

Steele attempts to "protect" the medicine from Balto.

When the team makes its way back to Nome with the antitoxin, the blizzard gets worse and they get lost in it. Nome is notified of this when they miss the second marker. When word reaches Balto, he decides to find the team and lead them home. After showing the sick Rosy, who is “Jenna's Girl”, to the reluctant Boris, Balto and the gang head out on an adventure to save the town.

Balto finds the team disassembled and downtrodden because their musher was knocked out. When he tries to assemble the team and lead them back, the lead dog Steele attempts to exert dominance over him and picks a fight with him. Balto refuses to fight or even defend himself, yet the quarrel results in Steele falling over an edge into a snow bank. With Steele gone, Balto takes his place as the proud lead dog.

Balto leads the team across miles of frozen lands without a musher, but doubles back when he sees a huge number of trail markings that look so similar to his own. Steele seemed to have a personal goal to stop Balto and the team from reaching Nome. Despite Steele and nature's cruelties, Balto and the team make it home and the antitoxin cures the sick children of Nome.

After the townspeople of Nome see Balto leading the team, they realized that his intentions were good after all. Balto was finally accepted as a hero by both dogs and humans and he became a hero across the nation. A statue was built in New York to commemorate his bravery. “Endurance. Fidelity. Intelligence.” is etched on the plaque that honors a true American Hero.

Balto II: Wolf Quest

The puppies run to greet their father.

In 2002 animated film Balto II: Wolf Quest by Universal Cartoon Studios, Balto is shown in one of his dreams, where he is being chased by a raven, leading him to a wolf pack; these dreams have been keeping the poor dog awake at night,so he is very tired. Then, our hero takes on the role of a father to the puppies of Jenna when a little terrier reports to him, "The stork has landed," however, one in particular, Aleu, looks even more like a wolf than her father. He quickly becomes attached to the little guys, and enjoys playing with them on the beach, but that makes it even harder on him when the time comes for the puppies to be adopted. Balto is sad, but knew all along that his daughter Aleu would not be adopted by a human because she resembles a wolf so much.

A year has passed, and Balto is still having the troubling dreams about a raven and wolves. When she is grown up, Aleu is playing in the forest with Muk and Luk when an Native American hunter mistakes her for a wolf and takes aim. Her father saves her from being shot, but afterward is forced to tell Aleu about her wolf heritage, since she questions why he shot at her. After the troubling argument, Aleu is angered that she is so different and runs away. Balto notifies Jenna, who at first wants to go, but Balto sets out alone to find his baby in the Alaskan wilderness, but is unknowingly both guided and tested by his spirit guide, the white wolf Aniu.

She guides him morphed into a black raven, but during some of her challenges, Aniu also takes the form of a fox to outwit him, three wolverines to scare him, and then a bear to fight him and his daughter. This order to teach him lessons about cunning, fear, and inner knowing. Finally, after finding his precious daughter, Balto and Aleu discover a wolf pack led by a mysterious and old wolf named Nava. Nava is getting old and the pack requires a new leader, and he believes in Aniu's words saying the one who will lead them is "the one who is wolf but does not know."

Nava tells Balto that he has to lead the pack, which means following the caribou to a new land across a temporary ice bridge. Niju, a selfish wolf who wishes to be the new alpha male but keep the clan in their home, challenges Nava and Balto, and this problem causes Balto to want to return home, as he thinks it's not their problem. However, Aleu really wants to stay and help out, especially after her dream about the caribou. There is debate and arguing, but the pack eventually go with Balto, Aleu, and Nava instead of Niju. As they are going, Niju causes trouble and tries to become the pack alpha by force, but in the end, they fend off Niju. Aleu finally realizes that she wants to lead the wolf pack, and Nava now knows that Aniu meant Aleu, not Balto, and so, Balto says his goodbyes to his daughter.

Aniu comes to Balto after he sees his daughter leaving with the pack, and she reveals to him that she is his mother. Finally understanding the meaning of his multiple raven and wolf dreams, her son then goes back home to lives a normal life with Jenna once again.

Balto III: Wings of Change

In the third Balto movie, another one of Balto and Jenna's puppies is introduced named Kodi who really loves his job as a sled dog on a mail team that delivers mail from different towns to Nome. Balto is shown to one day have seen a giant flying thing in the sky and becomes obsessed with the idea that the flier inspires in him, something that he had longed for ever since he was first tormented by ridicule about being half-wolf: freedom.

 

Balto and Jenna wait for the airplane.

At the crack of dawn for the past few days, Balto and Jenna have been watching for the plane. It finally comes one morning, and Balto tries to race it but is easily outmatched. Our hero later finds out that the plane is challenging his son's sled team to a race for the position of mail carrier. Kodi and his friends want Balto to lead their team racing the bush plane. Balto knows that he can't win against the plane, and he has other troubles too: helping his friend Boris with his new girlfriend Stella. Regardless, Balto goes at night to Jenna, who reassures him that Kodi doesn't need a hero, he needs a father, first and then later to check out the bush plane, and he sees Duke, the pilot. The wolfdog realizes that he likes the nice human, but is also determined to help his son in the race, even if he loses. So, on the dawn of the race, Balto pulls into the harness alongside Kodi.

The mail team begins the race ahead but quickly start losing, and though a few of the dogs complain about trivial things, Balto still pulls the harder than ever trying to win. They stop at White Mountain, where Boris, who was trapped in Duke's plane after arguing with Stella, gets out, but to get home, hides back in the plane. The team gains an advantage while the Duke has to scrape ice off his plane, but instead of the plane overcoming them, Balto hears nothing. The team win the race, but Balto was positive they could never win and is worried about Duke. Though the whole team laughs with a who-cares attitude, including his own son, Balto resolves to rescue Duke, and after Muk and Luk tell him about the plane crashing and Stella tells him that Boris was on the plane when it crashed, the four of them head off.

Sliding in an icy tunnel and slashing into a river, Balto eventually saves everyone from going over a waterfall and they head back to the trail. Stella flies ahead to find the crash site, and though have to cross paths with an angry bull moose, Stella, Muk, Luk, and Balto reach the crashed plane and find Boris and Duke. The others take Boris back, but since Duke is hurt, Balto has to carry him back. The nearly fall off of an icy cliff, but are saved at the last minute by Kodi, who knew the right thing to do was to help his dad, and the other mail dogs. Balto and the dogs bring Duke back to Nome and are, for the second time, Balto is crowned a hero.

At the end of the movie, Balto is finally given his dream and flies in the bush plane, renamed the Balto Flyer, with Duke, so after everything the poor half-wolf half-dog was put through, after all the torment in the mocking about his heritage, Balto finally flies free.
 

Jenna

Jenna
Jenna the Siberian Husky
Jenna the Siberian Husky
First appearance Balto
Portrayed by Bridget Fonda,
Jodi Benson
Information
Species Siberian Husky
Gender Female
Family Balto (mate), Rosy (owner), Aleu (daughter), Kodi (son), Dingo (son), various unnamed puppies, Aniu (deceased mother-in-law), unknown father-in-law, unknown parents
Gee, Steele, I have to admit, your offer is very tempting… But these days I prefer my meat… cooked.
—Jenna


Jenna is a purebred Siberian Husky who is owned by Rosy and her family who live in Nome, Alaska.

Appearance

Jenna is a purebred Siberian Husky. She has dark red fur and brown eyes. Chest color is a creamy white and begins at the star of her legs. She has a reddish orange bandanna on her neck (though her bandanna's color often changed in different scenes in Balto I, II and III). Ear has a pinkish brown tint and muzzle is very pointed. As most Siberian Huskies, Jenna has a curved tail that flips onto her back. Jenna's paws are very thin and delicate, as well as squareish eye shape.

Personality

Jenna tends to be rebellious at times, but she has a strong love for her girl, Rosy. She can also tell a person's true nature, being able to see that Steele was a lying bully, and that even though Balto was half-wolf, he had a good nature.

Biography

Balto

In the beginning of the 1995 animated film Balto, by Amblimation animation studio and Universal Pictures, Jenna appears to have a crush on Balto. They encountered each other several times, but were torn apart by a dog named Steele, who was attempting to devilishly woo Jenna. She shows consistent distaste in Steele, but seems to enjoy Balto's company.

When a case of diphtheria hits the small Alaskan town of Nome, Balto leaves to help the dog team bring the antitoxin back home. Jenna picks up his trail, and joins the adventure for as long as she can muster. When she and the gang return home, she can only wait and watch the horizon for Balto's return.

Jenna lights the way for Balto.

She decides to illuminate a few broken bottles to help Balto find his way home. One night, she hears a wolf howl in the distance and knows its him. Sure enough, the team returns home with plenty of antitoxin to save the children of the town.

Balto II: Wolf Quest

In the 2002 animated movie Balto II: Wolf Quest, by Universal Cartoon Studios, Jenna plays the role of a caring mother to several young pups that were conceived with Balto. She seems to be a different character from the Jenna of Balto, being caring and protective instead of rebellious, which tends to happen naturally. Even though she was a main character in Balto, Jenna plays a significantly smaller role in Wolf Quest.

Balto III: Wings of Change

In the 2004 animated movie Balto III: Wings of Change, by Universal Cartoon Studios, Jenna plays even more of a minor role than in the previous sequel. Again, Jenna is portrayed as a responsible mother even now that her pups are all grown up. In Wings of Change, we see Balto and Jenna up on a mountain waiting for Duke's bush plane to fly overhead. Just when Jenna was about to lose hope, the bush plane buzzes them. Balto races down the mountain after it, with Jenna running slowly behind them.

Quite a ways into Wings of Change, we see Jenna again when Balto visits her. Balto is concerned about what will happen to the father/son relationship he has with Kodi if the dogs aren't able to beat the bush plane in the race. Jenna tells Balto that he doesn't have to be a hero to be loved by his son.

After the race, when Balto goes off to rescue Duke, Jenna is seen again. She sees Kodi on the street with the other mail dogs and wonders why he wasn't with Balto and the others. She ends up convincing Kodi to help his dad, and in the end, saving Balto and Duke's life.

Songs

Aleu

Aleu
Aleu resembles a wolf even more than her father.
Aleu resembles a wolf even more than her father.
First appearance Balto II: Wolf Quest
Portrayed by Lacey Chabert
Information
Nickname(s) her dad's baby
Species 3/4 Siberian Husky, 1/4 Gray Wolf
Gender Female
Family Balto (father), Jenna (mother), Aniu (grandmother), unknown grandfather, Kodi (brother), Dingo (brother), Saba (sister), 2 unnamed siblings

Aleu is Balto and Jenna's daughter, and the only of the puppies to show a great resemblance to her half-wolf father. Because of this, Aleu was the only puppy to not be adopted by a human, and so, had to find her true home in Balto II: Wolf Quest.

Personality

When Aleu was first born, she was shown fiercer than her siblings right fom the start, pushing them aside when wanted milk from her mother. She retained this fierceness as a puppy, rough-housing with her brothers and sisters, and as a young teen, playing with her two friends, Muk and Luk. However, she could be sassy and rebellient against her babysitter, Boris, or her father, Balto. When faced with challenge, though, she proved to mature fast and quickly learned to become a responsible leader of Nava's wolf pack, probably helped by her strong wolfish instincts.

Appearance

She has grayish-brown colored fur on the top part of her body, and on the underside, an even lighter gray tone. Aleu's back has a permanent ruffle of fur that sticks out, and on the wolfdog's face, a gray top-fur streak that extends from her eyes to her nose. Her irises are a pretty blue color against a cream-white background, and Aleu's ears, like her father's, are a darker brown-gray until they meet the head.

Information

When she was first born in Rosy's house's shed, Aleu acted fiercer than her siblings and looked more like her father than the others; they were all red while she was wolf-gray. As a puppy playing with her father or her siblings, Aleu was still more savage and wild, eventually showing she could howl like a wolf as well, stunning her dad, Balto. The pup enjoyed howling, and when the time came to be adopted, she said it came naturally. However, because she acted so wolfish, she ended up being the only one not adopted by a human.

Aleu's howling irritates her dog siblings.

Growing up, her father wanted Aleu to find a home; Balto did not want his daughter to be put through the same prejudice he was. Sadly, a year passed and Aleu still remained unowned, but she didn't seem to mind: she loved to play with her friends Muk and Luk the polar bears. One time while she was playing, Aleu wandered too far off into the woods, into a Native American hunter's view. Thinking he might want to adopt her, she ran towards him. Thinking she was a wolf trying to kill him, he took aim.

Just in time, Balto saw what he was going to do and managed to attack him and knock his aim off. The shot startled Muk, Luk, and Boris, so they came to see what was up, and accidentally knocked the hunter unconscious. The group escaped shaken but unharmed, but leaving Aleu with questions: why did the man try to shoot her? Dejectedly, her dad had to tell her that her grandmother had been a wolf, so she was part wolf. Angry that Balto had never told her before, Aleu ran away, saying she hated him.

Now lost in the wilderness, Aleu was confused and upset, wanting to find where she truly belonged. Journeying into the Alaskan forests, she suffered from the sun's heat, so Aleu found a cave to rest in. Unexpectedly, music was playing deep within the cave, so, mystified, the wolfdog followed the noise, which led her to a small field mouse named Muru. The mouse, while fixing crystals in a pattern to reflect light in the dark cave, sang to her about finding out who she was, not what she was. Muru also told her about spirit guides, and Aleu asked if he was her spirit guide, but Muru the mouse had vanished. Walking outside the cave, a bear suddenly appeared to attack her. Stunned, she tried to run, but it caught up to her. Once again, her dad, who had been tracking his baby, trying to bring her home, jumped out to save her. This time, though, Aleu fought with her father against the bear. Cornered on a cliff, she and the bear's eyes met, and the spirit of her grandmother, Aniu, spoke to her. She now knew that they had to jump off the cliff, and when she and Balto did, there was a ledge there to save them.

Aleu explained that she wanted to keep journeying and not go home, so she and her father wandered into the territory of a large wolf pack. They were found by Niju and his goons, and though they tried to attack the intruders, the alpha male, Nava, showed up an decided to cease the attack. This was revealed to be because Aniu had told him that one would show up who was "wolf but did not know." The pack all assumed it was Balto. Her father wanted to go home, but after learning of the wolf pack's troubles, dispute over who would lead the pack following the old Nava, they stayed one night. During the night, Aleu dreamed of caribou traveling across the sea on an ice bridge that briefly formed every winter. She realized that the pack, whose food of caribou had vanished and were in the fear of famine, had to cross the ice bridge like the caribou to new land. Nava agreed with her, but Niju caused trouble, widely disagreeing with them. He wanted the pack to stay where they were, and he would take the role of alpha, since Nava was too old. However, Niju was outnumbered, and Balto and Aleu led the pack across the ice. Once again, Niju tried to stop them ina fight, and he almost got Aleu down, but the black wolf was defeated by the father and daughter. Nava realized that the one Aniu had told him of was not Balto, but rather, Aleu.

With a sad but final goodbye to her father, Aleu knew that this was where she belonged. She left her dad and sailed on the ice with the wolf pack, howling with the pack in triumph. Nava, too old to go, told Balto that she would go on to become a great wolf pack leader.

Kodiak

Kodiak
Kodi (Kodiak), Jenna and Balto's son
Kodi (Kodiak), Jenna and Balto's son
Portrayed by Sean Astin
Information
Nickname(s) Kodi
Species 3/4 Siberian Husky, 1/4 Arctic Wolf
Gender Male
Family Balto (father), Jenna (mother), Aniu (grandmother), unknown grandfather, Aleu (sister), Dingo (brother), Saba (sister), 2 unnamed siblings

Kodi (short for Kodiak) is one of Balto and Jenna's puppies that were all adopted (except for Aleu, his sister). He first appears in Balto III: Wings of Change where he holds a job as a mail-dog, and seems to enjoy his position. His name is presumably derived from the Kodiak islands off the coast of Alaska.

Personality

Kodi acts much like his father, Balto, and has a good sense of duty to his job, and when he does his job, Kodi wants it done right and ontime, sometimes contradicting his teammates. Other than that, he gets along well with his friends and his family and is laidback, but has faults. For example, when he had to choose between assisting his father in finding the lost Duke or potentially losing his job, he is more concerned with his job. However, guilt later nagged him, and when his mother, Jenna, reprimanded him for not helping his father, he left to find Balto and saved him from falling to his and Duke's death.

Age

He is the same age as his sister and other siblings.

Dingo

Dingo
Dingo is Balto's frisky son.
Dingo is Balto's frisky son.
First appearance Balto II: Wolf Quest
Portrayed by Nicolette Little
Information
Species 3/4 Siberian Husky, 1/4 Arctic Wolf
Gender Male
Family Balto (father), Jenna (mother), Aniu (grandmother), unknown grandfather, Aleu (sister), Kodi (brother), Saba (sister), 2 unnamed siblings

Dingo is one of Balto and Jenna's puppies that were put up for adoption in Balto II: Wolf Quest. He is the first of the puppies to be adopted by a human, a young boy with blonde hair, whom Jenna says "will be a good boy for Dingo."
 

Saba

Saba
First appearance Balto II: Wolf Quest
Portrayed by Melanie Spore
Information
Species 3/4 Siberian Husky, 1/4 Arctic Wolf
Gender Female
Family Balto (father), Jenna (mother), Aniu (grandmother), Aleu (sister), Kodi (brother), Dingo (brother), 2 unnamed siblings

 

Papa! Are you gonna get a human too?

 

Saba is one of Balto and Jenna's puppies in the second installment in Balto, Balto II: Wolf Quest. She is the young puppy who asks her father if he's going to get adopted by a human too.

Aniu

Aniu
Aniu is the great white wolf.
Aniu is the great white wolf.
Portrayed by Monnae Michaell
Information
Species Arctic Wolf or Gray Wolf
Gender Female
Family Balto (son), unnamed Siberian Husky (mate), Aleu (granddaughter), Kodi (grandson), Dingo (grandson), Saba (granddaughter), 2 unnamed grandchildren

Aniu, also known as the White Wolf, appears in both Balto and Balto II: Wolf Quest. For obvious differences in appearances and personalities, fans debate whether or not Aniu is the same wolf in the original film as in the sequel (Even though Phil Weinstein, director of Wolf Quest, declares in an interview that they are, in fact, the same wolf). She is declared to be Balto's mother at the end of Wolf Quest, with strong evidence that she is deceased and living in spirit-form.

 

Balto II: Wolf Quest

Aniu tells Balto that she is his mother.

In the 2002 animated film Balto II: Wolf Quest, by Universal Cartoon Studios, Aniu plays a much more predominant role. After Balto has several reoccurring nightmares involving a raven and a wolf pack over iceberg-filled waters, he sees a decorative Native American totem pole with a raven, fox, wolverine, and a bear. Raven, the Fox, the wolverine and the Bear. In Balto's visions and dreams, Aniu explains the roles of these animals to him. They become recurring themes in the movie as Aleu, his daughter, tries to find out who she is. When Aleu and Balto meet a pack of wolves, Aniu is described as a legendary wolf. Then, at the end, Aniu finally talks with Balto for a short time, and we discover that she is his mother and spirit guide.

 
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