Let me tell you something, Balto: A dog cannot make this journey alone. But maybe a wolf can.
~ Boris

Boris Goosinov (called Uncle Boris by Muk, Luk, Aleu, and sometimes Balto) is a Russian snow goose who raised Balto from a pup. He is the deuteragonist of the first film and a supporting protagonist in the sequels.

He was voiced by the late Bob Hoskins (who also played Eddie Valiant, Mario, and Teddy) in the first film and Charles Fleischer in the sequels, both of whom had starred together in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Eddie Valiant and the voice of Roger Rabbit.

Physical Appearance

Boris has the appearance of the average snow goose with white feathers include black tipped wings and headdress.


Boris had great faith in Balto when he left to save Nome, telling him, "A dog cannot make the journey alone, but maybe a wolf can".

Boris was afraid of Steele. In the second film, Boris told Balto that even though he didn't want to believe it, Aleu would be half-wolf.

Boris was also revealed to be superstitious and believed in mystical stuff. In the third film, he developed a crush on a goose named Stella, but lied about flying with her to hide his fear of heights.


Boris was born in Russia. It is unknown how he ended up in Nome since he has a fear of heights. Sometime in Boris' life, he discovered a young Balto and raised him as his adoptive son.


When Balto left to save Nome several years later, Boris waited for Balto's return.

Balto II: Wolf Quest

Boris became the pups babysitter in the second film.

When Balto left to find Aleu, Boris once again waited for Balto's return with Jenna.

Balto III: Wings of Change

Two years later, he fell in love with a migrating snow goose named Stella. After Stella became mad with him, she chased him onto a plane which then crashed.

Balto, Stella, Muk and Luk eventually found Boris in the wreck-site and carried him back to Nome. Boris made up with Stella and confessed to her his fear of heights. Later, they became a couple.


  • He speaks with a heavy Russian accent (but in the close captions for Balto II: Wolf Quest, it says that Boris has a Yiddish accent).
  • Boris mentions his last name near the beginning of the first film: "Boris Goosinov is no spring chicky!"


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