What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are thrills aplenty in this animated adventure based on a true story about rural Alaskan kids with a serious illness. Youngest viewers might not understand the threat that looms over the town, but older kids will get the gravity of the situation when they see small coffins being fit for those kids who might not make it through the epidemic. On the positive side, the movie promotes acceptance and reinforces the value of friendship.
- Families can talk about Balto's struggle to fit in. Was it fair of the other dogs not to accept him? Can you think of examples this type of unfair judgment that you've witnessed?
- How did Balto's friends help him in difficult times? Are your friends there for you when you're having problems?