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Balto 3: Wings of Change
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by David Cornelius

"Kids won't mind it, parents will yawn."
2 stars

I kinda liked “Balto,” was mildly ambivalent towards “Balto II,” and now couldn’t care less about “Balto: Wings of Change.” This newest direct-to-video sequel barely has the courtesy to pick up where “II” left off - Balto’s daughter, the star of the last movie, is curiously absent here - and instead chugs along as if made for kids who missed out on the other movies altogether.

Which is fine, I suppose. My own daughter, while not too thrilled with the movie, wasn’t annoyed by it, and she slightly dug the talking dogs - which fits well enough with the low standards of the video sequel format. Parents, however, should be warned to be bored to tears; if you’re unlucky enough to have a child demanding that you rent/buy this DVD, remember to bring a book, or maybe use the time to clean the fish tank.

The Wings of Change here (no relation to the Scorpions, thank goodness) belong to one a’ them newfangled aeroplanes, one of which has flown into Nome, Alaska, in the winter of 1928. The pilot (voiced by Keith Carradine) offers to take over the town’s mail delivery - which threatens the jobs of the local sled dogs. And so, despite the complete obviousness that planes are faster than dogs, the townsfolk set up a challenge: a race between the plane and the sled, the winner being granted the job of mail carrier.

It sounds less dumb in the film, if only slightly so. There are some nice touches added, including Balto’s own fascination with the plane and his desire to let modern times do what they do (even if his “Way of the Future” line reminded me too much of “The Aviator”). There’s also some family quarrel business between Balto (Maurice LaMarche) and son Kodi (Sean Astin) that, while not remarkable in any way, isn’t that bad, really. And yes, keeping in spirit of the series, the whole thing ends with a dangerous rescue mission; even if it’s sloppily added to the story, it works on its own. Kids’ll be handily thrilled enough.

Where the movie stumbles - and hard - is in its attempts at comedy. There’s a weird subplot involving Russian goose Boris (Charles Fleischer) and a sexed-up foul (Jean Smart) who has the hots for him. Seeing this sort of thing is off-putting, to say the least. Then there’s the moose that thinks he’s Robert De Niro, which is even less funny than it sounds. Oh, and a Pesci moose shows up, just to help sell the gag. Yawn.

But as I said already, kids, who have a lower crap tolerance than us grown-ups, will enjoy themselves here. It’s forgettable cartoon entertainment, a usable time-passer. But it’s also a mediocre movie, with very little in its favor. “Wings of Change” is one of those video efforts that will fade away all too quickly, and if you fail to catch it before it’s gone from memory, well, you’re not missing much at all.

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originally posted: 02/01/05 16:04:20
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User Comments

5/14/14 kodiak I LOVE this movie. The background music great. I Like Kodi and Balto the best 5 stars
10/22/10 Balto95 Not as good as the first two, but still great and not boring at all. 5 stars
6/24/10 Pi man Not quite as good as B1 or WQ, but still decent. Ruins Balto's character, though. 4 stars
11/08/09 Nick Balto 3 was great movie, goooooo balto!!. 5 stars
7/27/09 balto1995 lol u guy's dont know how wonder full this is give it more credit then 2 stars 5 stars
5/11/07 AW I agree with this review. B3 is mindless kiddie fluff. The first two are much better! 1 stars
5/28/06 Sophie Brilliant, but has alot of bad spots. 4 stars
3/14/05 EVDC Better than "Wolf Quest", worse than "Balto", pretty average in general. 3 stars
3/06/05 Casie Rafferty It is the worst sequel so far 2 stars
2/20/05 Nick Whoever did the review here is an IDIOT. No wonder this site is called Bitchslap! 5 stars
2/16/05 Kalco You have to be kidding. Tyis was a great movie, and deserves a lot more than a two stars. 5 stars
2/08/05 William Heslop YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! I thought it was great. And it was beautiful!! 4 stars
2/04/05 wolfy Mmm.This is not the first animated film this reviewer gave a bad review of it... 5 stars
2/03/05 kahl WHAT? I'm completely surprised by this review. It is not boring at all, a really good film! 5 stars
2/01/05 Rodney Stephens IT WAS REALLY GOOD 4 stars
2/01/05 juju A very good DTV sequel, a must-see for every Balto fan! Much better than Wolf Quest. 5 stars
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