Togo will be a live-action feature centering on two key figures in the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog-sled teams relayed to transport diphtheria antitoxin serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the Alaskan town of Nome from an epidemic. Balto was the dog who received acclaim from the life-saving run and whose heroism was popularized at the time; he even received the movie treatment via an animated feature in 1995 from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. But, in effect, it was Togo and his owner, Gunnar Kaasen, that traversed the most dangerous part of the journey, facing temperatures that were 30 degrees below zero in gale-force winds.
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