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Balto Animation Problems

Pictures and information about animation problems in Balto 1


While watching Balto 1, I noticed a few animation problems that I thought would be worth pointing out.

The first mistake was in the scene when Balto and Boris are standing on the fence, and Balto is getting ready to race with the other huskies. Boris sits on a windowsill and swallows what he thinks is a potato chip. He then realizes that it was a soap flake. When he spits it out, his eyes open real wide, and I noticed that he didn't have any pupils! This might have been done as effect...tell me what you think!

The next was when Steele falls off the cliff trying to pull Jenna's bandana off of Balto. As he falls, there is one scene where the bandana turns white! This may have been mentioned in a previous article.

And the last is when Balto leads the sled dog team into Nome carrying the sled with the medicine. As everyone reaches down to pet Balto, his ears are the same color as the rest of his head, whereas in the rest of the movie, they are two separate colors.

I want everyone to know that I am in no way trying to criticize Balto; it is one of my favorite movies! I just thought this might make a good article. Since this is my first article, I would much appreciate constructive criticism where needed, but please keep mean comments to yourself! Also, tell me if you noticed these mistakes and any others. Thanks for reading!

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March 25, 2009
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I did not see the pictures

December 06, 2008
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Fle Bag --> I think that what you said sounded like "you got that
right" was actually one of the other huskies saying "kazuntite" which
is "bless you" in German! As to Rosie maybe saying something other
than Balto in that scene, I'll have to check that out! Novaluna -->
Sorry the pics won't show up; I noticed that happens sometimes
depending on what type of computer. Hope you can find them!
animlemur --> Yeah, I'm sure that no matter how well a movie is made,
there's always something that pops up if you watch closely enough...
Thanks for the great comments everyone!

July 15, 2009
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Yup, freeze frames tell you everything about an animators humiliations. But it's so quick, no one notices them in the film.
It's VERY hard to make an animated ANYTHING, but it's cool to point it out, so that an animator (like me) can come and see how professinals make mistakes, and you can learn from them and improve your overall ability!!

This is great! Thanks for sharing! :)
And about the3 Brois one: I think they intended that, becase no pupils in an eye is more comical that a very small pinprick. I know i surely laughed when i saw that a few years ago!

November 13, 2008
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hi guys, i'm new to this site and have found, from an animators point
of view, that it is very insightful. As for the problems that pop up,
sadly try as we might, those irritating little mistakes always seem to
slip through, no matter how hard the animation directors or directors
try to prevent it... sigh... we've often had that on shows that we've
worked on, for us it can sometimes be a comical relief to see the
dissapearing pupils or lines...when there are round 50 animators wall
working on different parts of a movie and working an average day of
start at 06:30 and endind round 7 or 8... well lets just say they slip
through.... but well picked out... it's always great to get to see
what people think and notice.

August 06, 2008
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T.T -sob- The pictures in both your articles don't show up on my comp!
I guess Ill have to look for them myself

July 22, 2008
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Wow awesome article! You have any eye that is great. There some where
in the movie where I caught something but I can't remember right now.
Oh yea I know what it is! When Star sneezes the first time as soon as
he sneezes, someone else said something like a person not a human it
kinda sounds like "you got that right" I replay it over and over I
can't figure it out! It bugs the craps out of me. Then one time I
watched it when Balto get the hat Rosie says " Balto! What a great
thing to do just to show off to a pretty girl" I could of sworn Rosie
didn't say Balto that time. It freaked me out. Is it my DVD or
Universal problem. ? Hmmm I wonder

June 05, 2008
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Wow! I never noticed that part where his beak line disappears. Good

May 18, 2008
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I have not noticed any animation errors whenever I watch the film. I
think if it's not too noticeable, you shouldn't care about it...

May 18, 2008
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May 08, 2008
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Here's another one:


His beak line disappears!

May 08, 2008
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If you look closely at Steele you'll see the underside of the bandanna is white, and the side most of which we can't see is red. Nevertheless, this is indeed a flaw.

May 06, 2008
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I don't think the first one is a mistake tho.

May 08, 2008
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well for the borris I think he is cross eyeing

April 27, 2008
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Wow! THe first picture of Boris looks scary! I've never seen this!
Great article!

April 27, 2008
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People criticized you? That's funny because I read your article and I
thought it was great! Maybe it was just the people who responded, or
maybe the time you posted it? Anyway, I thought it was great,

April 26, 2008
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Two things:
a) Fantastic findings!
b) Why did everybody
critisize me way too much when I did an article like this?!
not blaming it on you wolf_girl_722, I just see it's unfair that
people are treated differently.
Anyway, fab job!

April 26, 2008
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Water Tribe
Boris no pupils...I know. Its so funny!!!

April 24, 2008
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Rock of Ages
I noticed the one with Balto's ears during the movie but the others
only last for a fraction of a second, one or two frames only and are
only really noticeable in screenshots.

April 24, 2008
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Wow, I have never noticed those before. Great article.

April 24, 2008
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there is another mistake were borisi's eyes are out of his head

April 24, 2008
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Yes, I noticed that not many new articles have come out lately. I am
going to try to continue writing them when I get the chance. Thanks
for the nice comments, everyone!

April 23, 2008
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great! ditto Sweet tea!!!!

April 23, 2008
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Good job, we haven't been having many new articles lately... so I'm
glad to see someone still making them XD Any who, the first one I do
believe was just for more emphasis of Boris's mood. However the last
two I believe are animation errors as you said. Great eye. Universal
hasn't really put much effort into cartoon animation. Even in the
first movie there are a few errors...

April 22, 2008
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Say wut?
I'd only noticed the one where Balto's ears are all the same color!
great finds! This is the best "Balto 1 Mistakes" article I've ever


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