〉Togo was considered the true hero of the Mercy Run of 1925, as he led the team through the most dangerous leg of the trail.
Tom Flynn has been brought on with Jessica Virtue and Louie Provost overseeing for Disney, but no official news of a script has been released yet. However, we do know that the film will focus on the lead sled dog, Togo, who was in the front of owner Leonhard Seppala’s sled during the Mercy Run of 1925.
Togo was born sickly and small, and required special care from Seppala’s wife. He only grew to around 48 lbs. as an adult, which is considered too small to make a lead dog. But Togo proved himself with his spirit and tenacity by jumping through a kennel window and running miles back to Seppala after he tried to give him away. During Seppala’s runs, Togo would follow the teams and lead them off the trail in charges against reindeer; Seppala had no choice but to put him in a harness to keep the other dogs on task, and to his surprise, Togo calmed down immediately and shared the lead position by the end of his first run.
Most people close to the story consider Balto the backup dog, as Togo led Seppala’s sled through the most dangerous territory of the run. In fact, Seppala was angry that Hollywood had wanted to do a film that about Balto and the run without any mention of Togo. Now, there’s an opportunity to set the story straight, and give Togo the scratch-behind-the-ear he deserves.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer