Saturday night movies return to the Alger Theater with the Disney movie “Togo” on Saturday, Sept. 18, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the movie beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Curbside concessions will occur from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The movie premiered on Disney+ on Dec. 20, 2019, and starts Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Caston, Michael McElhatton, and Jamie McShane.
The movie is an adaptation of the true story of a dog team in 1925 which delivers the antitoxin for a diphtheria outbreak in Nome by a 600-mile dogsled journey. The journey has inspired numerous live-action and animated adaptations. Many credit Balto the dog as the one who brought the serum to Nome, but it was a team effort with Balto and Togo to get the serum to the community in time. Many in Alaska consider Togo the true hero of the journey to Nome for making the longest run with the medicine.
The movie begins with Leonhard Seppala, played by Dafoe, insisting that a newborn husky will never be strong enough to be part of a dog sledding team. But through a series of montages the viewer sees the husky, Togo, become the leader of the pack and show his strength to lead.
Seppala agrees to take the antitoxin serum to Nome in the middle of winter, when the weather is too rough for airplanes to fly in, and Togo is a 12 year old dog. Togo and Seppala run into a series of issues and hair-raising escapes through bad weather, melting ice, and snow storms — all the while working together to save the community of Nome.
Over the decades the puppies from Togo became prized for their toughness and work ethnic and his offspring are still prized by mushers today.
The movie is rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and mild language.
The movie is sponsored by the Lakeview Animal Hospital, and proceeds from the movie and the curbside concessions go to support the renovation and restoration of the Alger Theater by the Lakeview Community Partnership.
The Alger Theater is located at 24 S. F St., Lakeview.
For more information call 541-944-8176.