The True Story of an American Hero, a Universal Pictures Film
(Opening Scene: In Central Park)
Grandma:[Pants] It was hereÖ someplace.
Girl: But weíve already been past here!
Grandma:[Chuckles] The trees have grown so big. Itís been so long since my last visit. [Sighs]
Girl: Come on Blaze. Grandma, when was the last time you were here?
Grandma:[Chuckles] Years and years ago. Way before you were born, sweetheart.
Girl: Oh, Look! Blaze found a squirrel!
Grandma: Now, just a minute. Iím trying to get my bearings. Oh, there are so many paths here! So easy to get turned around. Come on, darling.
Girl: Grandma, weíre in the middle of nowhere.
Grandma:[Laughs] Weíre right in the middle of New York City.
Girl: But youíre going to make yourself tired walking so long.
Grandma: Nonsense. It hasnít been more than a quarter of an hour. Huh. Not much further.
Girl: Blaze is getting tired.
Grandma: Oh, I see. [Laughs]
Girl: Grandma, what are we looking for, anyway?
Grandma: A memorial.
Grandma:[Laughs] A reminder of a wonderful storyÖ and a place very far away from here.
Girl: What place is that, Grandma?
Grandma: Nome, Alaska. Itís a small town almost on top of the world. Hmm. Now, that really was in the middle of nowhere, sweetheart.
(Scene 2: The Winter of 1925)
Grandma: In the cold winter of 1925, it was snowing hard. Back then, the fastest and most reliable way of getting around was with teams of dogs pulling long sleds. Races were held every year to find out the best team.
Grandma: And the competition was very fierce.
Musher 1: Mush! Giddap, boy! Hut-ya! Hut-ya!
Musher 2:Hyah, Steele! Hyah, hyah!
[Musher Continues Shouting]
Musher 2: Heel! Whoa! Whoa!
Star: Steele, weíre not gonna make it!
Musher 1: Easy now. Easy! Easy!
Musher 2: Steele! Hold back, hold back, hold back.
Musher 1:[Yells] Steele!
Musher 1: Get in line! Get in line!
Musher 2: Mush! Mush!
Man: Itís the three-mile marker.
Boris:[Gasping, Squawking] Get your Slobbery mouth off me!
Balto: Come on. Letís go, Boris. We can cut around the back and catch the end of the race. Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no, no. Iím a delicate country bird. [Whining] I hate going into town.
Balto: Ah, come on. Whatís the worst that can happen?
Boris: Please! Bleh! Why do I let you talk me into these things? [Screaming] Aye. Aaaaah! [Squawks]
Boris: What theó
Butcher: Bring that back, you thief!
Boris:[Muffled Honking] You, are putting me down now, Mr. Golden Retriever.
Balto:[Chuckles] Whatever you say, Boris.
Boris: Every time thereís a race, you run around like youíre in it.
Balto: Maybe one day I will be.
Boris: Heel, boy! Boris Goosetenov is no spring chicken! Aaah!
Boris: Iím no spring penguin, either. Itís cold! [Screams]
Man: Look! The two-mile mark!
Balto: Come on. We donít want to miss the finish.
Boris:őh, that would be a tragedy! [Screams] I was being sarcastic.
Dad: Mr. Johanssen, the sled is beautiful.
Mom: Weíre very grateful.
Rosy: Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dad: Rosyís grateful too, huh?
Mr. Johanssen: Yeah, so I gather.
Rosy: Thank you!
Rosy: Watch this!
Mom: Coming, sweetheart.
Dad: I donít know, honey. I think we shouldíve gotten her the dollhouse.
Rosy: Itís the one-mile marker! Mush, Jenna, mush! Letís win this race!
Mom: I think sheíll learn to like it.
Rosy: Jenna, easy girl. Whoa!
Boy: Dad, Iím cold.
Dixie: Good morning, Jenna. Oughta be a close race, donít ya think? Maybe even neck and neck.
Sylvie: Say something about her new collar before she gets whiplash.
Jenna: Uh, Dixie, what a pretty collar. Is it new?
Dixie: What? This old thing? Yeah. Do you think, um, Steele will notice?
Jenna: Iím afraid the only way Steele notices anyone is if theyíre wearing a mirror.
Man: Watch that corner son. Theyíre comminí!
[Dogs Barking, Panting]
Female Dogs: Ooh!
Musher 2: Come on, Steele!
Female Dog: You can do it!
Rosy: Jenna! Stay girl.
Woman: You can still do it!
Rosy: Jenna! Jenna. [Laughs]
Rosy: Bulldog. Come on, Steele! [Grunts, Gasps] Oh, no!
Rosy: My hat!
Man 1: Get that stray dog!
Man 2: Heís gonna ruin the race!
Boris:[Mutters, Groans, Screams]
Steele: Hey! Out of my way, lobo.
Boris:[Shrieks] when will you learn to stay on the sidelines?
Nome Telegraph Operator: To Juneau Daily Chronicle. Stop. Steele wins first place of season. Stop.
Nome Telegraph Operator: Three-time winner keeps golden collar. Stop. Nome. Stop. That Steele is some dog, huh, Morris?
Nikki: Congratulations, there, boss, there. It was a pleasure runniní behind yous. Of course, the view got monotonous.
Kaltag: You are the most amazing, most exalted, most preeminent, most top-drawerÖ
Star: You won! [Laughs]
Star: Uh ooh!
Musher 2: Hmm, I donít know. Do you think maybe Steeleís losing his edge?
Photographer: Yeah, looks like just about any dog could outrun him.
(Scene 3: The Half-Breed)
Rosy: Balto! What a crazy thing to do, just to show off to a pretty girl. Iím sure Jenna would love to have you on her team.
Dad: Hey! Hey, hey! Rosy, stay away from him
Dad: He might bite ya, honey. Heís part wolf.
Rosy: Oh, now youíve hurt his feelings.
Dad: Come on, now.
Dixie: Congratulations and felicitations, Steele.
Steele: Hi there, Jenna. Enjoy the race?
Jenna: Yeah, almost as much as you did.
Steele: Thanks. Jenna, letís go celebrate. I know where all the bones are buried.
Jenna: I donít know, Steele. Suddenly Iíve lost my appetite.
Steele: Oh. Well, maybe your taste runs more toward wolf.
Rosy: Jenna, come on girl. Weíre going back home.
Jenna: Sorry, Steele. My girl is calling me.
Dixie: On the other hand, my girl is away at boarding school.
Balto:[Chuckles Nervously] Jenna, I, uhÖ
Rosy: Jen! Come on!
Boris: Balto, thereís some things I canít do for you.
Balto: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Boris: Iím goose, not Cupid.
Steele: Didnít make the team, Bingo?
Boris: Donít listen to him. Donít look at him. Live a long life.
Balto: My nameís Balto.
Boris: But you can call him Ďidiot.í
Steele: Iím sorry. Balto. Balto the half breed.
Steele: Frail goose.
Steele: You a half breed too, huh?
Boris: Ooh, ahh-ha-ha!
Nikki: Good wordplay there, boss.
Kaltag: You are the wittiest,
Kaltag: The quickest, you are the drollest, the cleverest, the, the sharpest, you are the most hilariousestÖ
Star: You crack my up! [Laughs] Whoopee!
Balto: Steele! Just leave him out of this.
Steele: Oh, Balto, Iíve got a message for your mother. [Howls]
Kaltag: Hey, Balto! Translate this for me, will ya? Yeah. [Continues Howling]
Star: Whatís wolf for go chase your tail?
Boris: Balto, stop! Whoa!
Steele: Get him.
[Barking, Growling, Snarling]
Steele: Get outta here, wolf dog. You better get back to your pack.
Boris: Maybe itís the unrelenting fear talking, but Iím seeing wisdom in this advice. Maybe we go, huh?
Kaltag: Iím thinking Baltoís friendís got his feathers ruffled.
Star: That gets your goose! I get it!
Nikki: Half wolf in the side pocket there.
Kaltag: that was the most dead center, the most on target, the most down the middleÖ
Star: Ya hit him! [Laughs, Grunts, Groans]
Nikki: That son of aÖ
Kaltag: He is the most malicious, the most disgusting, the most obnoxious, the most revolting,
Kaltag: The most repulsive and the mostÖ
Star: Heís no lap dog. [Laughs, Gasps, Groans]
(Scene 3: Not a Dog, Not a Wolf)
Boris:[Sighs] Not a dog, not a wolf. All he knows is what he is not. If only he could see what he is.
Boris: Balto, where are you going? Thatís the wrong way. Balto, get back in the race!
Boris: Whoís eating whose snow now, mutt?
Announcer: Time! What?
Boris:[Laughing] Did I teach him well! I could kiss that crazy pooch.
Steele: Okay, Nikki, Kaltag, Star, move it. Weíre strapping up.
Balto: Hey now, just a second here, Steele. I was the fastest dog.
Steele: You were the fastestÖ what? Do you honestly think any musher would ever put you on his team?
Youíre even more mixed up than I thought.
Jenna: Steele, it doesnít matter whoís on the team. So long as the medicine gets through. Stop being such a glory hound.
Steele: Youíre 100% right, Jenna. I, I wasnít thinking about those children. The important thing is to get the medicine through, and thatís just what Iím gonna do. And when I come back Iím gonna fold you five ways and leave you for a cat toy.
Man 1: Good dog, Steele.
Man 1: Good boy. Now letís take a look at our winner here.
Man 1: Letís take a look at our winner.
Man 1: Ah, we canít trust this one. Heís part wolf.
Man 2: See those teeth?
Man 1: He might turn on me. Nikki, Kaltag, Star! Letís go!
Jenna: Balto, Iím sorry.
Balto: Better not talk to me, Jenna. I might turn on you.
Jenna: Balto, wait. Balto!
Nome Telegraph Operator: Yep. As long as thereís hope for those kids, Iíll keep this lit. Itíll guide the team back.
Musher: Easy, easy. Back, back.
Musher: Star, Steele! Giddap! Giddap! Yeah!
[Dogs Barking, Howling]
[Train Whistle Blows]
Musher: Easy. Easy with that.
Musher: Now, be sure you lash it down tight. Giddap, team, Giddap!
Man: Take care now, ya hear!
Musher: Get on, boy! Go on, move along, move along!
(Scene 6: LostÖ)
Steele:[Grunts] Come on!
Star: Steele! Maybe we should go back! Weíre lost!
Steele: I am not lost!
Star: Lost? Did I say lost? No, you didnít let me finish. See, what I wanted to say was that I was gonnaÖ
Steele: This way.
Dog 1: Itís terrible, my friends. Just terrible. Steele and his team are lost.
Indistinct Dog: No!
Dog 2: What do you mean, lost?
Dog 1: They missed their second checkpoint. Theyíre off the trail.
Dog 3: Canít they send another team?
Dog 1: It is too dangerous for us and out men.
Dog 3: What about them little ones?
Dog 1: The medicine wonít be here in time. Weíre going to lose them.
Dad: Please, Doctor, itís the only medicine we got.
Rosy:[Continues Wheezing] Jenna?
(Scene 7: Baltoís Quest)
Boris: Balto, pleas. Donít go crazy on me now. Ooh! This is foolishness. You will die like a dog. What? No offense. [Screams]
Boris: You will be frozen stiff by morning. [Gasps, Spits] When you are big, frozen stiff statue named
Balto [Gasps], donít come running to me! [Screams]
Boris: Oh, dear.
Muk: He says, Ö
Boris: ĎWhere is he going?í Heís going into freezing coldness to find a dog he doesnít like to bring medicine back to a town that doesnít like him! Oh, no! Iím beginning to understand the bear!
Muk: Yes! Yes! [Indistinct Words]
Boris: Bears! Dogs! [Voice Muffled] Balto! Balto! Balto! No brains at all! Might as well be talking to a shoeÖ lace (huÖmans)
Boris: So. Letís go get the medicine.
Balto: Wait a minute. Now youíre coming?
Boris: Spending days in bitter cold, facing wild animals, risking death from exposure! [Chuckles] Itís like holiday in old country.
Muk: Wow! Lu weíre gong on holiday!
Jenna:[Sobs, Sniffs] Balto.
Boris: Good Balto! You took on the roughest, toughest, meanest tree in the forest! And you won. Hey.
Balto: Iím marking the trail.
Muk: Huh? Heís marking our trail. Heís very clever.
Boris: And here Iíve been dropping bread crumbs. Eesh!
Muk: I spy with my little eye something beginning with ďS.Ē [S Echoing]
Boris: Hey! Bears!
Balto: Come on. Steele and his team passed this way.
Boris: Boy is he lost.
(Scene 8: Steeleís Big Slip)
Musher: Pull! Pull!
Star: Steele! Weíre going in circles!
Star:[Shudders] Circles is a good thing. I mean theyíreÖ
Nikki: Yeah, circles.
Star: Theyíre circular. [Chuckles Nervously]
Steele: I know what Iím doing! ItísÖ ItísÖ This way! Come on!
Musher: Whoa, team! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa, Steele!
Nikki: Oh, I hit my head on somethiní.
Kaltag: Yeah. My head!
Dog: Looks like heís hurt bad, Steele.
Star: Wh-What are we gonna do now, Steele.
(Scene 9: Balto & the Bear)
[Snowball Hits Tree]
Muk: Oh, yes!
Muk & Luk:[Laugh]
Boris: ShhhÖ Ugh!
Muk: Brilliant! Right on the beak. What a bullís eye! [Laughs]
Boris: That did it! Who did that?
Muk: I-It was him.
Balto: Guys, I thinkÖ [Gasps] I think we should keep moving.
Boris: Is that your answer to all problems? Motion? [Bones Crack] [Sighs, Quacks]
Balto: Luk, Muk, come on! Letís get going.
Boris: ĎCome on, boys. Letís go, boys. Faster, boys.í Easy to say for a guy with four legs! Okay, thatís it!
[Spits, Shudders] Itís time for goose to kick a little bear butt!
Muk & Luk:[Shudder]
Boris:Aha! Finally! Your old uncle Boris is making an impression! Now what?
Boris:[Screams, Muffled Shouting]
Muk & Luk:[Scream]
Balto:[Snarls, Yells, Grunts]
Jenna:[Grunts, Groans, Yells]
Muk, Luk, & Boris:[Scream]
(Scene 10: The Rescuers)
[Ice Continues Cracking]
Luk: ♪ [Imitates Horn] ♪
Jenna: Luk! Muk!
Boris: They cannot swim!
Jenna: What? Polar bears who canít swim?
Jenna: Heís drowning! No! [Grunts] Well?
Boris:[Sneezes] I donít see them.
Jenna: Where are they?
Boris: Muk, Luk! [Laughs]
Boris: Balto! Ohh, cold! Oooh! [Honks, Screams]
Boris: Come to life, come to life. Breathe! Come on, Breathe.
Muk: Oh, is he gonna be okay? ĎCause heís not breathing. He doesnít look very well. Stop hitting him, Uncle Boris. Stop hitting him.
Boris: Balto, I was so scared. I got people bumps.
Balto:[Coughs] BorisÖ [Continues Coughing] I know you think this trip is crazy, butÖ Iím glad you came.
Boris: Who else should you bring on a wild goose chase but a goose, huh? [Laughs]
Jenna: Are you okay?
Balto: Are you okay, JenÖ
Jenna: Iím fine. Look, a message came through. We have to take the mountain trail.
Balto: But if we take Eagle Pass, itíll save us half a day.
Jenna: Itís blocked. The mountain trail is dangerous, but we can do it.
Balto: Iím beginning to see there isnít anything you canít do.
Boris: Iím seeing a few things too, and itís making the ice melt.
Boris: I hate bears!
Balto: You two guys ought to learn how to swim someday. Youíd be very good at it.
Muk: Yes, of course we were. We were in the water. We were moving. We got wet, didnít we? WeÖ
Luk, we were swimming!
Jenna:[Gasps, Twice] Clumsy.
Balto: No youíre not. Youíre hurt.
Jenna: No Iím fine. [Yelps, Pants] Oh, maybe Iím not so fine. You should all go ahead without me.
Jenna: No, no. Iíll be slowing everyone down. And rosy canít hold out much longer.
Balto: Muk, you and Luk carry Jenna back to town on this.
Boris: And this time, donít take time for a swim. [Chuckles]
Balto: You can make sure of that, Boris. Youíre gonna lead them home.
Balto: Just follow my marks.
Jenna: Youíre going on alone?
Balto: wonít be the first time.
Jenna: Oh, here. Iím afraid it wonít keep you very warm.
Balto: Yeah, it will.
Muk: Well, of course Balto will come back. Heís Balto. Will he?
Balto: Hey Iím cominí backÖ with the medicine. I promise, Jenna. Go ahead, guys. Take her home.
Boris: Balto, I do not like leaving you out here alone. Whoís going to tell you how cold you are.
Balto: BorisÖ they need you even more than I do.
Boris: Let me tell you something, Balto. A dog cannot make this journey alone. But maybe a wolf can.
Boris: Right! You two balls of fluff! Letís move! Back, two, three, four! Back, two, three, four!
Nome Telegraph Operator: Nome. Stop. Cannot send more antitoxin. Stop. Weather too severe. Stop. Lost sled team, only hope. Stop. Our prayers are with them. Anchorage. Stop.
Balto:[Sniffs, Grunts, Strains, Sniffs]
(Scene 11: The New Leader)
Nikki: Is that Balto?
Kaltag: Balto, how did you find us?
Balto: Is anyone hurt?
Steele: Everyone is fine.
Star: Yeah, but our musher hit his headÖ and he didnít get up.
Nikki: And heís not moviní.
Balto: All right, follow me. I can lead you home.
Steele: We donít need your help!
Star: Maybe we should listen to him.
Nikki: Well, you would yous get us home, then?
Balto: Well, I, I marked the trail. Like this.
Star: Oh, Yeah.
Steele: Iíll get us back. Iím the lead dog. Iím in charge.
Balto: Then let my take back the medicine. Theyíre getting sicker.
Steele:[Snarls] Touch that box and Iíll tear you apart.
Nikki: Two bones says Steele takes him.
Kaltag: Youíre on.
Balto: Steele, Iím not leaving without that medicine.
Steele: Who do you think you are?
Nikki: Hey, this is gonna be good. [Snickers]
Balto: SinceÖ Since when do you need a pedigree to help someone?
Balto: Steele, let me help you.
Indistinct Dog: Look at his eyes! Look at his eyes! [Snickers]
Kaltag: Heíll feel that tomorrow.
Nikki: I think he is feeling it now.
Balto: I donít want to fight.
Kaltag: Oh, that canít be legal!
Nikki: Hey, that stuff is fragile there!
Star: Whatís with Steele! All Balto wants to do is help.
Balto:[Gasps, Screams, Grunts, Groans]
Steele: Huh? [Snarls, Screams, Grunts, Groans]
Musher: Good boy. [Groans]
Steele: Go ahead, wolf dog. Youíll never get home. Iíll make sure of that. Iíll show him. Why not this way? How about over here? Oops, wrong way. [Snickers]
Balto: Oh, no.
Star: Which way, Balto? Which way? Which way?
Balto: UhÖ this way.
[Dogs Barking, Grunting]
Kaltag: Balto, why are you taking us in circles?
Balto: Iím not! I meanÖ I donít know. Itís Steele.