Reviewed by: Rick Wassall
Starring: voices of Maurice LaMarche, Jodi Benson, Lacey Chabert, David Carradine, Mark Hamill, Charles Fleischer, Peter MacNicol, Rob Paulsen | Directed by: Phil Weinstein | Written by: Dev Ross | Distributor: Argentina Video Home
This is an extremely disappointing direct-to-video release. Following the much-better “Balto”, a wonderful story of courage and determination where the main character overcomes the adversity of being half-dog and half-wolf to emerge as hero, this sequel features Balto’s daughter. It seems she has inherited more of Balto’s “wolf qualities” than his other pups. The “Wolf Quest” referred to in the title is her search for who she really is, since she can’t relate to being a dog.
While there is no profanity, sex or graphic violence, a strong emphasis on new-age philosophy is present. Balto is haunted by dreams that turn out to be “visions” from his “spirit guide.” His daughter has her own spirit guide, a cute little mouse. The head of the wolf pack is able to disappear at will and “become one” with the things of nature around him. There are positive aspects, such as the family bond that develops between Balto and his daughter, but it can’t overcome the weird spiritual message that permeates the film. I strongly suggest you skip “Balto II”.