July 20, 2015
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Hello Simon Wells!
I was curious about knowing if you had a precise idea about who the white wolf was for Balto: his mother? father? brother? Or just a random wolf with a mystical appearance?
And depending on your answer, are you happy with what it has become on Balto 2?
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(Note: I excluded the question on Balto 2 since Simon has not seen the
Here is Simon's reply:
"Whether the White Wolf is Balto's father or some kind of ephemeral
Spirit of the Wolf is deliberately unstated. The White Wolf Sequence
is still my favorite part of the movie, and James Horner's
extraordinary score that accompanies it still raises the hairs on the
back of my neck.
We wanted to keep it mystical and vague - is this a real event or is
it some kind of hallucination that Balto is experiencing? All of these
were reasons to not have the White Wolf speak or in any way explain
himself. Perhaps the Wolf is a manifestation of Balto's inner voice,
telling him to take ownership and use that part of him that he has
always been ashamed of - certainly that is the message Balto takes
from the encounter, real or not.
(And by the way, if it was really his dad why didn't the old man help
him drag the antitoxin up the cliff?)"
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