Aniu is a character in Universal Studios' 1995 animated film "Balto" and its fictional straight-to-video sequel, "". She is Balto's (evidently) deceased mother.


Aniu first appeared in "Balto", serving to remind him of his wolf heritage after he had fallen down a cliff and given up all hope. She remained totally unidentified until "", and there remains some dispute as to whether the great white wolf in the first movie was indeed Aniu, although animators have confirmed that she is indeed the White Wolf in the first movie. However, it still remains a controversy among fans.

Aniu appears to be a spirit. She has a tendency to appear and vanish in the blink of an eye, usually with the appearance that she is vanishing into the wind or the fog. She also possesses the ability to shapeshift, having been seen to take the form of a raven a vixen. Since Balto was separated from her at an early age, he has few memories of her, save that she "was white as snow" and had a warm voice that always made him feel safe. In addition to being Balto's mother, Aniu is apparently a guide to Nava, the elderly leader of the wolf pack Balto and Aleu meet in the movie.

=Role in "Balto"=

Throughout the entire movie, the white wolf goes unnamed, but Phil Weinstein in an interview declared that Aniu is the white wolf in Balto 1. [ [ Phil Weinstein interview! - Balto 1 articles - Balto Source ] ] There are some physical differences between the her and her version in the sequel. Nevertheless, she played a much less significant role in the first movie, only appearing twice.

Role in ""

Aniu is known to have taken two forms along the way to help both Balto and Aleu:

-Wolf, her true self, the teacher.
-Raven, the dark bird that appeared in Balto's dreams.

It has also been suggested (although not confirmed) that she took various other forms, namely:

-Fox (Cunning trickster).
-Wolverine (Fears).
-Bear (Inner Knowing).
-Caribou (Life).

These animals matched up to those on a totem pole Balto occasionally passed by, and in a dream vision of Balto's, she explained the meaning of each to him. This was the not the first time she appeared (if one counts the white wolf in the first movie as Aniu), but the first time she was given a name. The pack of wolves that Aleu and Balto meet refer to Aniu as as a legendary figure. At the very end, Aniu is revealed to be Balto's mother and spirit guide.

Fan Fiction

Aniu has proven to be a very popular figure in Balto fan fiction, with her fan-given attributes far outnumbering those she displayed in the movie. Various writers have depicted her as everything from a mortal wolf to a ghost (and even occasionally something in between, akin to Danny Phantom), with some stories casting her as an angel or even a goddess.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ANIU — Anius …   Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions

  • Urheimat — Indo European topics Indo European languages (list) Albanian · Armenian · Baltic Celtic · Germanic · Greek Indo Iranian (Indo Aryan, Iranian) Italic  …   Wikipedia

  • Government of Bulgaria — The Council of Ministers building in central Sofia Bulgaria …   Wikipedia

  • Simeon Djankov — at World Economic Forum, Tianjin, China, September 13, 2010 Vice Premier Minister Incumbent …   Wikipedia

  • Battle of Velata ( Ha'apai) — The Battle of Velata was a battle between Laufilitonga, the monarch from Tuʻi Tonga dynasty, and Taufa ahau, the heir apparent to Tu i Kanokupolu dynasty and the monarch of Tonga. The battle occurred in the location of Tau akipulu, Ha apai, in… …   Wikipedia

  • Leabhar na nGenealach — is a massive genealogical collection written mainly in the years 1649 to 1650, at the college house of St. Nicholas s church, Galway, by Dubhaltach MacFhirbhisigh. He continued to add material until at least 1666, five years before he was… …   Wikipedia

  • Leabhar Cloinne Maoil Ruanaidh — Leabhar Cloinne Maoil Ruanaidh, or the Book of Mac Dermot, is the title given by Nollaig Ó Muraíle to a collection of genealogies sometimes referred to as The Book of Mac Dermot ... which now forms the fourth and most significant part d of RIA MS …   Wikipedia

  • Tongan general election, 2010 — 2008 ← 26 November 2010 …   Wikipedia

  • Eladio Dieste — (* 10. Dezember 1917 in Artigas; † 29. Juli 2000 in Montevideo) war ein uruguayischer Architekt und Bauingenieur. Biografie „Cristo Obrero“ Kirche in Atlántida …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Balto (Film) — Balto, Chien Loup, Héros des Neiges Titre original Balto Réalisation Simon Wells Acteurs principaux Kevin Bacon Bob Hoskins Bridget Fonda Jim Cummings Phil Collins Jack Angel Danny Mann Robbie Rist Juliette Brewer Donald Sinden Sandra Dic …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.