An outcasted half-wolf, half-husky named Balto gets a chance to become a hero when an outbreak of diphtheria threatens the children of Nome, Alaska in the winter of 1925. He leads a dog team on a 600-mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness to get medical supplies. The film is based on a true story which inspired the Iditarod dog sled race. —IMDb
Simon Wells (born 1961) is an English film director of animation and live-action films. He is the great grandson of author, H. G. Wells.
Born in Cambridge, he attended The Perse School and De Montfort University where he studied audio-visual design. Upon graduating he found a job at Richard Williams’s studio where he animated commercials and other projects. Wells later supervised the animation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
Wells later became a member of Amblimation, a studio owned by Steven Spielberg, where he served as director on films such as An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story and Balto. Wells was set to direct a sequel to Casper but the project was cancelled.
After the closure of Amblimation Wells joined Dreamworks where he worked as storyboard artist on many animated projects, he also directed The Prince of Egypt which was nominated for an Annie Award.
In 2002 he directed his first live-action film, a film adaptation of… read more
A quick pace, colorful characters, and a simple (but not entirely truthful) story about pacifism against the backdrop of history make this a solid animated film.