Jul09

Siberian Husky

 

Siberian Huskies have played numerous important roles in film. Today we’re going to take a look at four prime examples of these films, and examine the roles huskies played.

Balto

Balto / Balto II: Wolf Quest Double Feature is an animated movie that was created and distributed by Universal Studios in 1995. The movie is loosely based on the true story about the dog who helped save children from the diphtheria epidemic that took place in Nome, Alaska in 1925.

The main character, Balto, was himself half Siberian Husky and half wolf. The film depicts him as the hero who saved the lost team of sled dogs, the musher of which was incapacitated. He saves both the musher and the rest of the dogs, returning to Nome with the all-important diphtheria medicine to the young children who so badly need it.

According to the movie, a statue was placed in honor of him in Central Park, New York.

Snow Dogs

Snow Dogs is a live-action comedy that was produced and distributed by Walt Disney pictures in 2002.

The main character, Ted Brooks, is left an inheritance by his biological mother. The inheritance includes seven Siberian Huskies and a Border Collie.The Huskies are champion sled dogs, and the pack of seven is led by an aggressive and defiant dog named Demon.

Ted Brooks must fight against a man named Thunder Jack for the dogs, who Ted later finds out is his biological father. Besides Demon, the other six dogs are named: Yodel, Sniff, Diesel, Scooper, Mac, and Duchess.Nana is the name of the Border Collie.

In the end of the movie, there is a happily-ever-after ending where everything works out for the best, and even Nana and Demon end up having four puppies.


Eight Below

Eight Below (Widescreen Edition) is an adventure drama film that was produced and distributed by Walt Disney pictures in 2006.The film depicts a man who serves as a guide at a research base in Antarctica.

A man who arrives at the base presses him into head to the top of Mount Melbourne to search for a rare meteorite from Mercury.Going against his intuitions, as it is too late in the season to make such a trip, the guide does so, only to face many obstacles along the way. They take a sled, and the sled team are of course Siberian Huskies.

They break free of their chains four days after leaving the base camp, and during their time off their chains, two of the dogs become fatally injured.

The dogs names are: Old Jack, Dewey, Max, Maya, Truman, and Shorty.There are also two Alaskan Malamutes, named Buck and Shadow. Old Jack and Dewey were the two fatally injured dogs.

Iron Will

Iron Will is a family adventure film that was produced and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in 1994.

It tells the story of a boy, Will, and how his father is killed during a mushing accident. This leaves Will to take care of his family, but he needs money for college, not to mention to save the family farm, located in South Dakota.

In order to do this, Will decides his best bet is to  participate in a dog sled race that goes from Winnipeg, Canada to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Will’s sled dogs are, of course Siberian Huskies that originally belonged to his now deceased father. With his Huskies, Will trains for the harsh conditions through which he must race.

Other movies depict Siberian Huskies as main or supporting characters, but these four are the most notable. As you can see, Siberian Huskies are most often used in films to depict sled dogs, a task to which they are best know for.
 

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