As we get ready for Round 2 of Disney+ Original Content, Disney has finally released the trailer for its latest Disney+ Original Movie: Togo.
Starring Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson, Togo tells the untold true story of the sleddog trek that would be the inspiration for The Iditarod. In the winter of 1925, a diphtheria epidemic strikes the children of Nome, Alaska. A massive storm and pack ice prevent ships and planes from getting a cure to the frontier town. Their only hope lies in one man, Leonhard Seppala (Dafoe), and his sled team led by a rambunctious dog named Togo.
Passed off as troublesome and untrainable, Togo is discovered to be more than just a sled dog: a lead dog. But when the time comes to make the hazardous 600 mile round trip, the age of both Seppala and Togo are brought into question. The two friends decide to make one last run.
Disney’s trailer promises an absolutely beautiful movie that captures the wonderfully frozen and savage majesty of the Alaskan Interior, as well as the powerful bond between a man and his dog when they face off against the elements. Adding to the authenticity of this film, Willem Dafoe also learned how to drive a dog sled in preparation for the role.
Now, as our winter closes in, it’s the perfect time to remember that Alaskan winter almost 100 years ago, and one of the greatest underdog stories of American History.
Togo will be the first of two “Man & Dog in the North” movies made under the Disney corporate umbrella. Harrison Ford is set to star in 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the classic novel “Call of the Wild.” That trailer was launched last month.
Togo‘s release on Disney+ will usher in the next phase of Disney+ content, which will include an animal-focused show called Pick of the Litter.