A Review of Togo Movie: The True Story of a Heroic Underdog

The tremendous catalog of previously released Disney films served as a major selling point for the streaming service Disney+ when it debuted last month. Subscribers can access the original content, including new movies, and streaming their beloved Marvel and Star Wars flicks.

Togo, an inspiring true story about one of history’s most courageous creatures, is one of the first films to appear on Disney+. And if they have the time, they ought to check it out. Togo is both a heartfelt ode to real-life heroes and a poignant tale of the touching relationship between a man and his devoted dog.


Ericson Core directed the film Togo, released on December 20, 2019. This film has a running time of 1 hour and 53 minutes and is in English. 

The main cast members of this film are Willem Dafoe, Adrien Dorval, Julianne Nicholson, Madeline Wickins, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Greyeyes, Richard Dormer, Nive Nielsen, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Thorbjrn Harr, Catherine McGregor, Michael McElhatton, Michael Gaston, and Zahn McClarnon. 

If you have a subscription to the video streaming OTT service Hotstar, you can view the movie there.


A champion dogsled trainer and his lead dog, Togo, set out on an arduous trek through the perilous tundra of Alaska in 1925 during a harsh winter to bring back to Nome a serum that will save the lives of those affected by the diphtheria outbreak, which primarily affects the children of their small town.


In honor of Balto, the lead dog who is reported to have participated in the “serum run to Nome” back in 1925, a dog statue was constructed in Central Park in New York. Over 600 miles were covered during this relay run to bring back the serum, an antitoxin for the diphtheria outbreak that largely afflicted Alaskan children. About 20 teams ran this relay. One team, led by musher Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his dog Togo, covered nearly 264 miles, including the most hazardous section of the route—a shortcut across the ice Norton Sound. There were 19 of them who ran 31 miles each.

The narrative jumps between Togo’s perilous and exciting serum run and when he was a little pup whose owner Seppala initially thought was too small and feeble to be regarded as a sled dog. Even though Little Togo was quite small, he was incredibly intelligent, quick, and adorable despite his misbehavior and mischief. He would figure out a method to get out of any kind of imprisonment so he could join his master and his squad of dogs. Togo, given the name Togo Heihachir by the Japanese admiral, was eventually able to persuade his owner that he was no ordinary dog, let alone a sled dog.

While largely adhering to the plot, filmmaker Ericson Core and author Tom Flynn have used this narrative to illustrate a lovely, fairytale-like attachment between a man and an animal.


The greatest way to watch a movie like Togo is on a big screen, not just to take in the beautiful scenery of Alaska but also to feel the impact of the scenes as the team rides across the frozen Norton Sound, which continues to crack as they go along. For a more cinematic experience, be sure to cast this to your television screen, if not the big screen. The conversation is rather straightforward throughout the entire movie. Your interest is captured by the attractive dog and the nonverbal communication.

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