“Togo” is the latest action-adventure to stream on Disney+ starting December 20. Co-star Julianne Nicholson and director Ericson Core made a New York pitstop and EUR caught up with them to talk about the uplifting journey of the hero dog Togo that saved the lives of many.
EUR: How important is ‘Togo’ at a time when there is so much hatred and divisiveness in the world?
JULIANNE NICHOLSON: I think it’s so important. I feel like it’s really important to put some kindness out there, to put some hope out there, to put some love out there. I think that goes a long way. I feel so proud to be a part of a film that I can say, ‘Hey, come see my movie,’ and not have to issue any warnings. [Laughs]. I don’t have to be like, ‘You know, I didn’t really suffer. That’s not real,’ you know. More important than how wonderful I feel about this film is the reaction that we have gotten from people who have watched it. We did a screening in LA for a number of people and we spoke to them right after. It was men, women and children of all ages. They were genuinely moved.
ERICSON CORE: ‘Togo’ is the sort of inspirational drama that is part of Disney’s history. The bottom has sort of fallen out for these kinds of films with many studios because there isn’t as much room for character-driven dramas in theaters anymore. The tent pole movies have taken over and the movies that really need to have longer legs and small releases so people get to know them are few and far between. The marketplace for films has changed drastically.
“Togo” is the untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that takes you across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure that will test the strength, courage and determination of Leonhard Seppala (William Dafoe), and his lead sled dog, Togo. When a deadly epidemic strikes the town of Nome, Alaska, and the only cure is more than 600 miles away. Togo, who led the 1925 serum run, was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race. 12-year-old lead dog Togo and Seppala ran the penultimate and longest leg in temperatures that were 30 degrees below zero in gale-force winds.
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