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“Balto” Is Actually Extremely Inappropriate For Children

Our canine hero does it all just to get some tail. On the movie's 18th birthday, let's look at how it was never really meant for the underage.

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You may remember Balto as a heartwarming cartoon about a heroic wolf-dog. In reality, it is the story of how one dog saved many children from death because he wanted to bone a lady dog.

Balto, our hero, son of a dog and a wolf, is motivated by three things in life:

1. The desire to race with the sled dogs.

2. Shame at the wolf parentage that prevents him from racing with the sled dogs.

3. The desire to make sweet, sweet love to Jenna, the prettiest dog in town.

In order to prove himself a worthy sled dog, overcome his shame at his wolf side, and make sweet, sweet love to Jenna, the prettiest dog in town, Balto has to lead a team of sled dogs carrying a serum across the frozen wilderness to save Jenna's beloved human friend, Rosy, from diphtheria. In other words, Balto's heroics are motivated by various forms of desire from the start. Motivation-wise, this is probably the most realistic children's movie ever. It is also completely inappropriate.

Let's take a look at everything that makes this movie a little more G-spot than G:

At the beginning of the movie, Balto figures out that the way to Jenna's heart is through a little girl named Rosy, so he risks serious injury to retrieve the girl's hat.

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"Balto, what a crazy thing to do just to show off to a pretty girl," Rosy says. FORESHADOWING ALERT.


Gauging by the expression on Jenna's face, Balto would've had it in the bag right then if it weren't for diphtheria, which will force him to do other crazy things "just to show off to a pretty girl."


Dixie follows in the grand tradition of the animated lady-dog seductress. See also: Peg from Lady and the Tramp.

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"Bow-wowza," or something. Also, NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN (or, you know, anyone, because at this point we should all object to a female character whose only feature is "throwing herself at the feet of male characters for no real reason outside her unexplained yet insatiable sexual appetite," right?).


She, looking at the lights, says, "Balto, you're right. It's beautiful." He, in perfect form, looks at her face and says, "Yeah. Beautiful."

Because Steele totally sabotages him, Balto doesn't make the dogsled team that will head out into the snow to retrieve the serum. Crushed, he watches Steele lead the others away from town.


While Balto is looking for Steele, he gets attacked by a bear! But Jenna shows up and saves him! She, presumably, is motivated by the desire to see Rosy get better.

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Balto, on the other hand, almost certainly sees this as an act of desire to get him on her, because he assumes that everyone is down to risk life and limb for lovin'.


Jenna goes home to Nome, but Balto soldiers on. Possibly because his mind is addled by hormones, Balto is convinced that Steele & co. will be stoked to see him.

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Actually, Steele & co. got completely lost in a goddamn blizzard, so logically they should be pretty excited to see someone who can lead them, you know, back home.

Steele makes it to Nome alone and claims his team has died. Jenna doesn't believe it, and uses Balto's mood-lighting trick as a beacon. Has she figured out what Balto thinks is going to happen when he gets back?


If you think this is reading too much into it, please see Balto's "getting some tail" smile.

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Don't pretend you haven't seen this smile before. Note how his hairy appendage perks up in the background.

If you're in Ohio and you want to see the real Balto looking stiff, his body is on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.