Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: Janurary 14, 1994 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
In the tradition of Disney, director Charles Haid paints the story of Will Stoneman (Mackenzie Astin) with ice and snow across a 522-mile dog sled race from Winnipeg, Canada to St. Paul, Minnesota.
Stoneman is forced to join the race when his father is killed and there is no other way to save the farm and go to college. He is trained by an Indian and goes to the race ready to beat the hardened bad guys.
The race is filmed well and is filled with action and danger. The dogs are particularly enjoyable to watch as they strive to pull the sled through deep snow and up steep hills. The beauty of the snow fields and the animals who thrive in the cold, dangerous climate are the best part of the film.
Haid drags every dramatic moment he can from the race right up to the finish line. The victory of his young Rocky like character is sweet for both Stoneman's family and the audience.