Balto 4 is an upcoming 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure comedy film produced by Universal Studios. The title refers to the little Alaskian city of Nome, where the films are set. Its 2014 so the film is most likely cancelled.
Little relationship annoyances, such as Balto's continued wolfdog-like insistence on making pancakes for the kids, are no big deal. But the idyllic life gets disrupted when Jenna discovers that her long-lost father and his clan have been discovered hiding in the Chukotka, where their life is under threat.
Part of the issue is that Jenna's relatives, led by radical patriarch Eduard (voiced by Andy García), don't trust wolfs — no matter how well-meaning. And Eduard doesn't accept the Balto, even if the former wolfdog hnow is pet.
- Maurice LaMarche as Balto (character), a male wolfdog from Alaska.
- Jodi Benson as Jenna, a female dog from Alaska
- Jemaine Clement as Steele, a sadistic malamute and the main antagonist.
- Anne Hathaway as Aleu, Balto's daughter and alpha-wolf.
- Andy García as the radical patriarch Eduard who leads Jenna's relatives
- Bruno Mars as a wild, yet very suave husky and Jenna's ex-boyfriend Bernard
- Kristin Chenoweth as Karla, a small cobra who is in love with Steele
- Amandla Stenberg as Balto and Jenna's daughter, Jemma
- Rachel Crow as Balto and Jenna's daughter, Aster
- Pierce Gagnon as Balto and Jenna's son, Jess
- John, a non-speaking bear
In an interview Kliff Ruby said that the film is likely to have a another sequel, and that he is planning it for release in 2013, in the Christmas. Also, a spokesperson for Universal Studios said that the studio is interested in turning Balto into a franchise.
""I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the Christmas. Universal has been talking about (it) and it looks like it's going to happen. We're going to have a meeting I think next week and Ellana is coming to town to tell us the story, and it looks like it's a go."" ― Kliff Ruby, January 25, 2012.
Variety states that Kliff Ruby had officially signed a five-year deal with Universal Studios that allows him to helm live-action and/or animated films, with the sequel being part of that contractual agreement.
On September 25, 2013, The official Balto Twitter account asked fans to tune in to Entertainment Tonight for an exclusive preview of the Balto 4 trailer. The program ended with a 20 second look at various scenes from the film. A replay of the preview was made available on the website the following day.
""It's going to be unique. It's a new story, and all songs are new" Kliff Ruby, October 23, 2013."