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Balto is a 1995 animated movie produced by Steven Spielberg's animation studio, Amblimation, based loosely on a real sled run from 1925.A large amount of children are sick in Nome, Alaska. The only way to get medicine is through a team of sled dogs. When the capable but completely self-absorbed lead dog, Steele (voiced by Jim Cummings), gets his team lost, saving the town falls on the shoulders (so to speak) of a half-dog, half-wolf named Balto (voiced by Kevin Bacon). He's accompanied by a Russian goose named Boris (voiced by Bob Hoskins), a female dog named Jenna (voiced by Bridget Fonda), and two hydrophobic polar bears named Luk and Muk (voiced by Phil Collins).The movie wasn't a big success in the box office. It earned $11,348,324 in the United States market, the 106th most successful film of its year. But it more than covered its small budget and sold decently at VHS. It spawned two Direct-to-Video sequels nonetheless: Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) and Balto III: Wings of Change (2004).