First, why would I rate this movie a ten? Well honestly, I'm sicken tired of these no-good-for-nothing CGI movies, although there are a couple of exceptions, for example, Ice Age, Bolt and How to Train your Dragon. The old style animation alone is one of the reason why I so love that movie!
Second, when it comes to the sotryline, you really can't stray too much from a true story, so I'll cut some slack on that. But I must mention that they worked very well with what the writers had, I mean honestly, a story about a dog-sled team traversing the frozen plains? BORING! Add a little Balto twist into it... BAM! Success!
Finally, the characters themselves. What are the odds of putting together sucha good team? Two bears that can't swim, a goose that doesn't fly, and a wolf/dog that can't really place himself?! That makes the viewer feel so bad for the group they have no choice but to cheer them on!
The Movie to me is inspiraring in the sense that no matter who you are and what your short-comings may be, if you hold fast and keep striving and stay in the fight one more round, you can make it!