Balto is a 1995 American animated comedy-drama film directed by Simon Wells and based on the historical 1925 serum run in Alaska. The film was produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures; it was also the last animated film from the company's animation company, Amblimation , before the studio closed down and was revisioned as DreamWorks Animation. It was released on December 22, 1995. It later spawned two direct-to-video sequels, Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) and Balto III: Wings of Change (2004).