The story opens in an Antarctic research station, where we meet Jerry (Paul Walker), dog sledder-guide and best friend of eight irresistible sled dogs led by trusty Old Jack and loyal Maya. The staff must evacuate because a dangerous storm is coming; they don't have room in the plane for the dogs, but promise to come back and get them as soon as possible. (I won't tell you how long it takes Jerry to return for the dogs, but it's way longer than I could have imagined.) The rest of the film alternates between showing the dogs' struggles to survive alone (did I mention they were chained up?) and Jerry's efforts to rescue them. Based on the true story, the movie is guaranteed to make you cry, but in a good, Disney way. The beautiful dogs are the stars of the show and their scenes are quite touching.
This is a good, old-fashioned live-action animal story that Disney does so well. Beautiful location photography and music add to the striking effect. I predict the adoption rate of huskies will rise dramatically. Heartily recommended.