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Balto
(1995)
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1995 MCA
2018 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bramson
Don Davis

Performed by:
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(December 5th, 1995)

Intrada Records
(October 29th, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 MCA album was a regular U.S. release, but it went out of print by 1997. The 2018 Intrada album is limited to an unknown number of copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $22.
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Buy it... if you've always held a soft spot for James Horner's animated children's film scores, for Balto represents an affable and superior culmination of his talents in the genre.

Avoid it... if even the general, comparative lack of self-referencing to Horner's previous works in Balto can't warm you up to the still highly specific style of his music for this kind of film.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #175
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 2/15/19
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Balto: (James Horner) The 1995 animated story of Balto, the real-life wolf/dog hybrid that led a dog sled of medical supplies to a remote part of Alaska in 1925 to save its inhabitants from an outbreak of diphtheria, used traditional two-dimensional animation and followed the format of Universal Pictures' and Steven Spielberg's Amblin formula for such films of the late 1980's and early 1990's. While they proved to be no match for musical ventures that Disney was offering at the time, these films weren't without their merits. This entry opens and closes with live-action scenes to connect to the real-life historical events and frame the narrative for ultimate family-friendliness. The running partnership between composer James Horner, director Simon West, and Spielberg's production house came to an end with Balto, but the composer in particular delivered one of his strongest animation scores for the occasion, one logically highlighted by metallic percussion representating the locale of snow and ice. The film marked the substantial end to Horner's string of successful scores for children's films, and it would be over a decade before the veteran composer would revisit the genre in earnest. After the large-scale popularity of his orchestral powerhouse scores for the live-action films Willow and Glory, Horner attempted to continue the alternative magic of the collaboration that exploded with success in An American Tail, leading to a curious assortment of assignments for animated children's films, most of which suffering from their obscurity at the box office. As each entry in the series continued to build upon the same style of orchestral sound, these energizing scores for animated films were the beginning of the fuel for the fire as far as Horner's most ardent critics were concerned. This group of scores, while none so dynamic as The Land Before Time in 1988, were all generally similar in construction, orchestration, melodic structure, and the easy-going song renditions that always accompanied them over their end credits. A cynical listener could hear far too much of An American Tail and Cocoon recycled for a similar application here in "Balto's Aurora."



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Average: 3.44 Stars
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Balto Sheet music?   Expand >>
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BALTO, Orchestration
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the balto white wolf scene   Expand >>
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Heritage Of The Wolf: Remix
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 MCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:38
• 1. Reach for the Light (Theme From Balto) - performed by Steve Winwood (4:24)
• 2. Main Title/Balto's Story Unfolds (4:40)
• 3. The Dogsled Race (1:41)
• 4. Rosy Goes to the Doctor (4:05)
• 5. Boris & Balto (1:29)
• 6. The Journey Begins (5:06)
• 7. Grizzly Bear (5:23)
• 8. Jenna/Telegraphing the News (2:22)
• 9. Steele Treachery (4:38)
• 10. The Epidemic's Toll (3:29)
• 11. Heritage of the Wolf (5:54)
• 12. Balto Brings the Medicine (4:53)
• 13. Reach for the Light (Theme From Balto) - performed by Steve Winwood (5:27)
2018 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 78:55

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1995 MCA album includes minimal credits and no extra information about the film or score. That of the 2018 Intrada product includes extensive information about both.
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