Disney+ is here, and people love it. Since the streaming service debuted last month, people have been obsessing over the selection of TV series and films that have been available to watch, including “The Mandalorian” and the latest remake, “Lady and the Tramp.” But the Mouse House isn’t resting on its laurels and already has its next major film release on deck, “Togo.”
As seen in the new trailer for “Togo,” the film follows the true story of a dogsled trainer in Alaska that must rely on his lead dog, Togo, to help him survive a treacherous journey to delivery a serum that will help a small town survive a deadly epidemic. As you might expect with this sort of film, the dog becomes the true star, even overshadowing the legendary Willem Dafoe.
The film stars Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer, Michael Greyeyes, Michael McElhatton. and Michael Gaston. The Disney+ project is directed by Ericson Core, who is a veteran cinematographer that has moved into the world of directing. His previous two films include 2006’s “Invincible” and the “Point Break” remake from 2015.
“Togo” arrives on December 20 only on Disney+.
Here’s the synopsis:
When a deadly epidemic strikes the town of Nome, Alaska, and the only cure is more than 600 miles away, the town looks to champion dogsled trainer Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) to help transport an antitoxin serum. Seppala turns to Togo, an unassuming, undersized and aging Siberian husky, to be his lead. His wife (Julianne Nicholson) has championed Togo since his days as a mischievous puppy who could dig himself out of any situation—literally and figuratively—and Seppala, having observed Togo’s loyalty and tenacious spirit, knows Togo offers his only chance of surviving this mission. Undaunted by the massive storm heading their way or his wife’s urging him not to go, Seppala and Togo set out on the deadliest leg of what becomes a larger relay involving multiple mushers and gale-force winds and a wind chill factor dipping to 70 degrees below zero with little to no visibility. It is a harrowing journey on which Togo saves Seppala from certain death, causing the veteran musher to grasp the depth and intensity of his feelings for his lead dog, even as he risks running him to his death. They complete the task in time with Togo going down in history as one of the greatest sled dogs ever, but it is this unbreakable bond between man and dog which is the ultimate prize—and which truly saves Seppala.