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New streaming service Disney+ may not release content monthly like some of its competitors. But it offers fresh titles regularly on both the TV and movie front. A new highlight on the platform is Togo, a family-friendly movie that especially appeals to dog lovers.
Togo was among the first titles announced for Disney+. The film entered production back in 2015, with Disney deciding last year to make Togo available exclusively on the streaming platform. With Togo joining Pick of the Litter as an upcoming release, Disney clearly has a thing for dogs.
Based on an “untold true story,” Togo centers on the titular dog who became somewhat of an unknown hero following the 1925 serum run to Nome — also called the Great Race of Mercy. The serum run involved a transport of diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled relay across Alaska, meant to save the town of Nome from a dangerous epidemic.
Following the race, Balto, the lead sled dog on the final stretch into Nome, became quite the canine celebrity. The same cannot be said for Togo, who displayed a lot of courage and leadership during the race and had a huge contribution to the serum making it to its destination.
With luck, the chronicles of Togo’s heroics alongside handler Leonhard Seppala will finally do this pup justice.
The new movie became available on Disney+ starting December 20th.
Yes! Disney released a trailer for the upcoming flick that offers a pretty good look at what to expect — including puppy shenanigans, rough race conditions and an impressive display of courage from the lead doggo.
Togo’s handler, Leonhard Seppala, is portrayed by Willem Dafoe, who you might know from acclaimed movies like Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, The English Patient and more recently At Eternity’s Gate.
The cast also includes Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl and Michael Gaston, among others.
We think so! The trailer looks great, Willem Dafoe is an undeniable talent and the dogs featured in the film are gorgeous to look at. Not to mention that Togo is brought to life by flesh-and-blood dogs, rather than CGI.
Early reviews for Togo are largely positive, with critics praising the title for its crowd-pleasing nature and nuanced portrayal of the unique bond between humans and dogs. All in all, the film should be a gripping and memorable ride.
Togo is available on Disney+, the new streaming service that offers a generous content library of family-oriented titles. The platform hosts movies and TV shows from not only Disney itself, but also subsidiaries like Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.
Disney+ costs $6.99 a month. But you can take advantage of a free seven-day trial to get Togo streaming now.
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