Balto III: Wings of Change

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Balto III: Wings of Change
Directed byPhil Weinstein
Produced byPhil Weinstein
Screenplay by
  • Elana Lesser
  • Cliff Ruby
Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche
  • Sean Astin
  • Jodi Benson
  • Charles Fleischer
  • Keith Carradine
  • Kevin Schon
  • Jean Smart
  • Bill Fagerbakke
  • Charity James
  • Kathy Najimy
  • David Paymer
  • Carl Weathers
Music byAdam Berry (score)
Amanda McBroom
Michele Brourman (songs)
Edited byKen Solomon
Production
company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Distributed byUniversal Studios Home Video
Release date
  • September 30, 2004 (2004-09-30)
(Netherlands, Russia)
  • January 30, 2005 (2005-01-30)
(USA)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Balto III: Wings of Change is a 2004 direct-to-video sequel to Universal Pictures's animated films Balto and Balto II: Wolf Quest.

Plot[edit]

The movie takes place in Alaska three years after the original. Kodi, one of Balto and Jenna's puppies, works as a sled dog for the U.S. mail while his father is intrigued by a new bush plane grazing the skies above Nome. The pilot, Duke, offers to replace the mail dogs which stirs up controversy inside the team consisting of Kodi and his friends Dusty, Kirby and Ralph, among others. The inhabitants of the town agree to organize a race between the dogs and the plane to the town of White Mountain and back, to determine which one is faster at delivering the mail. The sled team asks Balto to lead them, but he's initially reluctant as he doesn't believe they have a chance against the bush plane. After being encouraged by Jenna, however, he agrees to take part. Meanwhile, Boris falls in love with a newly arrived goose named Stella, but when she asks him to fly with her, he makes up numerous excuses, as he's afraid of heights.

Shortly before the start of the race Stella finds out about Boris's lies and chases him, causing him to get mistakenly loaded onto the plane. During the journey to White Mountain, the sled is overtaken by the plane, but on the way back Duke is first delayed by having to remove ice from the wings and then struggles to navigate inside a thickening fog. The dog team arrives to Nome first and is celebrated, but Balto remains skeptical about the future of the sled mail, causing him to fall out with Kodi. The plane doesn't arrive for a long time and Balto, after failing to convince his son to help, sets out to find it along with Muk and Luk and a worried Stella. After a dangerous whitewater adventure and an encounter with two angry moose, they finally locate the crashed plane. Boris is found alive and Balto sends Stella and the bears back to Nome with him. He wakes up Duke, who has an injured leg and so they decide that Balto will attempt to drag him back home on a sheet of metal. However, at one point on their way an ice bridge collapses under his feet and they are saved at the last moment by Kodi and his team, who had finally decided to come to help. They all get safely back to Nome where they are greeted by massive applause. Boris reconciles with Stella and Balto's dream is fulfilled by having him fly in the bush plane alongside Duke.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Maurice LaMarche as Balto, Moose #1, Moose #2
  • Sean Astin as Kodi
  • Jodi Benson as Jenna
  • Charles Fleischer as Boris, White Mountain Postmaster
  • Jean Smart as Stella
  • Keith Carradine as Duke
  • Kevin Schon as Muk, Luk, Simpson
  • Bill Fagerbakke as Ralph, Mr. Conner
  • Charity James as Dusty
  • Carl Weathers as Kirby
  • Kathy Najimy as Dipsy
  • David Paymer as Mel


Music[edit]

All of the songs are produced by Michele Brourman and written by her along with Amanda McBroom.

Original songs performed in the film include:

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."You Don't Have to Be a Hero"Jodi Benson 
2."Come On Up and Fly"Jean Smart (backup vocals by Kimaya Seward and Ken Stacy) 
3."Everything Flies"Kimaya Seward and Ken Stacy 


References[edit]

External links[edit]

Category:2004 films Category:2004 animated films Category:Animated films about dogs Category:2004 direct-to-video films Category:Direct-to-video sequel films Category:2000s adventure films Category:Films set in the 1920s Category:Universal Pictures direct-to-video animated films Category:Universal Animation Studios animated films Category:Films set in North America Category:2000s American animated films Category:Universal Pictures direct-to-video films Category:Animated films about wolves Category:2000s children's animated films Category:American children's animated musical films Category:American children's animated adventure films Category:American children's animated drama films Category:Mushing films Category:Films set in Alaska Category:English-language films Category:American films Category:American adventure drama films Category:American aviation films Category:Films about aviators


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