Togo Trailer Teams Willem Dafoe with a Sled Dog on Disney+

Disney has released a new trailer for Togo. This is the latest original movie being produced for Disney+, the company’s new streaming service which launched in November. Much like the Lady and the Tramp remake, this movie centers on dogs. Unlike that particular effort, this movie tells a real-life, harrowing tale about a dog who helped save hundreds of lives, with Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Lighthouse) leading the way.

The trailer starts off by setting up, for lack of a better phrase, a true underdog story. An unlikely pup is selected to lead a dangerous and important mission that leaves the fate of hundreds hanging in the balance. This looks like true, classic Disney live-action. It’s got heart. It’s got big moments. And it’s got a lovable dog. What more could one want? It also, for what it’s worth, looks like a reasonably expensive endeavor. So Disney clearly isn’t pulling the purse strings too tight for these Disney+ originals.

Also, 90s Disney fans may recognize some connective tissue with 1995’s Balto here, as it’s covering the same historical event, albeit from a different angle. So it doesn’t quite qualify as a live-action remake, but Disney is certainly dipping into the same well here. Ericson Core (Point Break) is in the director’s chair, working from a script by Tom Flynn (Gifted). Kim Zubick serves as producer, with Douglas S. Jones on as executive producer.

Coming to Disney+ in December, Togo centers on the town of Nome, Alaska, which suffers a deadly epidemic in 1925 and the only cure is more than 600 miles away. With nowhere else to turn, the town looks to champion dogsled trainer Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) to help transport an antitoxin serum. Seppala turns to Togo, an unassuming Siberian husky, to lead his sled. His wife (Julianne Nicholson) has championed the dog since his days as a mischievous puppy, and Seppala believes he offers his best chance at survival. Even as a massive storm heads their way, and as his wife’s implores him not to go, Seppala and his loyal pup set out on the deadliest leg of what turns into a larger relay involving multiple mushers and horrendous conditions, with 70 degrees below zero temperatures and little to no visibility.

Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer, Michael Greyeyes, Michael McElhatton and Michael Gaston help round out the cast. This will be one of the first few original movies to be released on the streaming service exclusively, joining Lady and the Tramp and Noelle, which represents something totally new for Disney. Historically, they would have relied on something like this to bring in box office dollars and assert their dominance over the industry. Instead, they’re now trying to play catch up in the streaming game against companies like Netflix in a play for the future. Togo is set to arrive on December 20 on the Disney+ streaming channel. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.

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