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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
1 August 1997 (USA) See more »
He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores. See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Michael Jeter ... Norm Snively

Kevin Zegers ... Josh Framm

Wendy Makkena ... Jackie Framm

Bill Cobbs ... Arthur Chaney

Eric Christmas ... Judge Cranfield

Jay Brazeau ... Referee 1
Nicola Cavendish ... Principal Pepper

Brendan Fletcher ... Larry Willingham
Norman Browning ... Buck Willingham

Stephen E. Miller ... Coach Barker

Shayn Solberg ... Tom
Chris Turner ... Greg
Christine Kennedy ... Melissa
Frank C. Turner ... Bailiff
Marion Dodd ... Reporter (as Marian Dodd)
Ursula Martin ... Party Mom
Kevin DiCicco ... Referee 2
Jessebel Mather ... Andrea Framm
Kati Mather ... Andrea Framm
Buddy ... Buddy / Air-Bud
Kodi Bbela ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Chris Davies ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Joel Haywood ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Lewis Pierce ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Jason Qi ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Jack Van Eijnsbergan ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Ryan Van Eijnsbergan ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Yashar Zandiyeh ... Basketball Player - Timberwolves
Acram Adam ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Marcus Bisset-Covaneiro ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Phillip Bisset-Covaneiro ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Miles Bridge ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Fenton Fisher ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Josh Jassebi ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Mariel Losso ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Nile Nurse ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Jay Vidler ... Basketball Player - Warriors
Colin Bradner ... Additional Basketball Player

Colby Chartrand ... Additional Basketball Player
Michael Davies ... Additional Basketball Player
Tom Hearn ... Additional Basketball Player
Mark Jackson ... Additional Basketball Player
John Jassebi ... Additional Basketball Player
David Katz ... Additional Basketball Player
Levon Kendall ... Additional Basketball Player
Tyler Mooi ... Additional Basketball Player
Jordie Price ... Additional Basketball Player
Marc Rinfret ... Additional Basketball Player
Matthew Rollinson ... Additional Basketball Player
Dustin Smiley ... Additional Basketball Player
Stefan Verster ... Additional Basketball Player
Ian Watson ... Additional Basketball Player
William Wong ... Additional Basketball Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean M. Reed ... Sticky (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Martin Smith 
Writing credits
Kevin DiCicco (character "Air Bud")

Paul Tamasy (written by) &
Aaron Mendelsohn (written by)

Produced by
James A. Jusko .... associate producer
Michael Potkins .... line producer
Michael Strange .... executive producer
Anne Vince .... executive producer
Robert Vince .... producer
William Vince .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brahm Wenger 
Cinematography by
Mike Southon 
Film Editing by
Alison Grace 
Casting by
Abra Edelman 
Elisa Goodman 
Production Design by
Elizabeth Wilcox 
Art Direction by
Eric Fraser 
Set Decoration by
David Chiasson 
Costume Design by
Jana Stern 
Makeup Department
Naomi Bakstad .... assistant hair stylist (as Naomi Hirano)
Naomi Bakstad .... assistant makeup artist (as Naomi Hirano)
Joann Fowler .... makeup artist
Andrea Simpson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Michael Potkins .... production manager
Ric Walkington .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Dreher .... second assistant director
Pierre Henry .... first assistant director: second unit
Kelsey T. Howard .... first assistant director (as Kelsey Howard)
Kerry L. Hsu .... third assistant director
Richard Martin .... second unit director
John Penhall .... first assistant director: second unit
Nancy Sorge .... second assistant director
Meita Winkler .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
John G. Anderson .... set painter
James Balla .... construction department
Robert Carson .... set dresser
Dave Conway .... construction department
Diana Conway .... assistant set decorator
Philip N. Day .... construction department
Kendelle Elliott .... assistant props
Kim Hamin .... set painter
Troy Hansen .... set dresser
Herminio Kam .... lead scenic painter
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Spencer Louttit .... on-set dresser
Dwayne Morgan .... second property assistant
Don Pearson .... construction department
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist
Jan Reeves .... set painter
David Segerts .... set dresser
Sal Sortino .... set painter (as Salvatore Sortino)
Tamara Susik .... on-set dresser
Peter Sysoev .... set painter
Grant Van Der Slagt .... assistant art director
Sandy Walker .... set buyer
Ric Walkington .... property master
Sound Department
Marina Adam .... sound editing assistant
Marc Chiasson .... dialogue editor
Steve Culp .... sound recordist
Pat Day .... assistant sound engineer
Rob Eubanks .... assistant sound engineer
James Fonnyadt .... sound effects editor
Stephen Hart .... foley recordist (as Steve Hart)
Ruth Huddleston .... location sound mixer
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Randall Lee .... walla recordist
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Charles O'Shea .... boom operator
Dan Olmsted .... machine room supervisor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Frank Rinella .... foley assistant
Sandra Schultz .... sound editing assistant
Bill Sheppard .... sound supervisor
Steve Smith .... chief engineer
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Issac Strozberg .... sound effects editor
Kerry Uchida .... sound effects editor
Darren N. Henson .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andrew Chamberlayne .... special effects coordinator
Gord Currie .... special effects first assistant
Adrian Fisher .... special effects technician
Philip Edward Jones .... special effects coordinator
Dan Keeler .... special effects technician
Darren Marcoux .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Bob Dohrendorf .... opticals (as Robert E. Dohrendorf)
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt coordinator
Jim Broyden .... stunts
Kimberly Howie .... stunts
Bill Stewart .... stunt coordinator
Luke Waidmann .... stunts
Owen Walstrom .... stunts
John Wardlow .... stunts
Keith Wardlow .... stunts
Curt Bonn .... stunt rigging coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brent Ballard .... grip
Kevin Blake .... best boy electric
David Cameron .... key grip
Drew David .... best boy grip
Robert DeVitt .... camera trainee (as Rob Dewitt)
John Dines .... generator operator
Jason Dryden .... lamp operator
Richard Eagan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Todd Elyzen .... gaffer
Greg Fox .... first assistant camera
David Frazee .... director of photography: second unit
Derek Grieves .... dolly grip
Brook M. Hewlett .... grip
Kharen Hill .... still photographer
Mike Legree .... rigging grip
Paul Macey .... rigging gaffer
Stephen Maier .... second assistant camera
Chris Michie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Rumak .... lamp operator
Brad Smith .... grip
William Waring .... camera operator
William Waring .... director of photography: second unit
Karl Harrison .... grip (uncredited)
Attila Vaski .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brady Clarke .... casting assistant: Canada
Audrey Skalbania .... casting: Canada
Audrey Skalbania .... extras casting
Christina Toy .... casting assistant: Canada
Greg Milton .... casting assistant: Canada (uncredited)
Greg Milton .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Cameron .... assistant costume designer (as Carolyn Pavelick)
Kristine Hyatt .... wardrobe trainee
Zina Richardson .... truck costumer
Editorial Department
David Armstrong .... color timer
Bert Bush .... negative cutter
Brady Clarke .... post-production assistant
Ryan Clarke .... assistant editor
Kelly Herron .... assistant editor
Greg Malcolm .... post-production picture supervisor
Jason Pielak .... post-production assistant
Peter Roerk .... post-production assistant
Kent Sparling .... post-production assistant
Neil Thompson .... post-production assistant (as R. Neil Thompson)
Scott Watson .... post-production coordinator
Thor Roos .... color timer: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Patric Caird .... music editor (as Pat Caird)
Avi Kipper .... score engineer (as Avram Kipper)
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Rachel Santoy .... music production coordinator
Joseph Pollard White .... conductor
Transportation Department
Andre Coulombe .... driver
John J.D. Dryden .... driver: cast (as John Dryden)
David Halliday .... transportation captain
Rod McDonald .... driver: honeywagon
Roland Montrose .... transportation coordinator
John O'Toole .... driver: cast
Duane Shearer .... driver
Don Stenstrom .... truck driver
Richard Vanderkuip .... picture car wrangler
Other crew
Sheenah Andrews .... production coordinator
Isabel Angeles .... post-production accountant
Leslie Ayers .... office production assistant
Phillip Beer .... stand-in (as Philip Beer)
Chase .... photo double: 'Air-Bud'
Debbie Coe .... trainer: Air Bud doubles
Glen Alan Coughlin .... dailies sync
Cathy Craig .... craft assistant
Ora Crutcher .... additional craft service
Megan Davis .... basketball consultant
Mel Davis .... basketball consultant
Kevin DiCicco .... trainer: Buddy
Glen Dreher .... locations: second unit
Dana Dubé .... assistant animal trainer (as Dana Dube)
Michael Gazetas .... assistant location manager
Tania Gleave .... craft service
Tania Gleave .... first aid
Megan Hale .... assistant chef
Jayson Hardie .... photo double: 'Josh'
Bev Hutter .... location scout
Raul Inglis .... assistant to director
Tom Kane .... security officer
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Julia Leiterman .... controller
Shevaune Monro .... locations personal assistant
Martin H. Nielsen .... design consultant
Heidi O'Cleary .... assistant production accountant
John Pantages .... walla group
Mark Poyser .... photo double: 'Arthur Chaney'
Ritch Renaud .... location manager
Rush .... photo double: 'Air-Bud'
James Ruttan .... locations personal assistant
Dorothy Sabey .... representative: S.P.C.A. (as Dorothy Sabe)
Heather Sandvold .... stand-in
Gail H. Schacht .... business affairs
Audrey Skalbania .... unit publicist
Steven Smith .... chef
Vicki Sotheran .... assistant: Mr. William Vince
Kim Steer .... title designer
Christina Toy .... assistant production coordinator
Gary Trigg .... security officer
Grant Vetters .... assistant production coordinator
Carie Wallis .... location scout
Nina Watts .... craft service
Nina Watts .... first aid
Steven Zeller .... unit publicist
Erin Fitzgerald .... adr walla group (uncredited)
Becky Johnson .... extras wrangler (uncredited)
Bonnie Judd .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Andrew Simpson .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Disney's Air Bud" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG for brief mild language
98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Belgium:KT | France:U | Iceland:L | Mexico:A | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/4 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG (Certificate #35487)

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Four basketball athletes and one team name, were mentioned, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shawn Kemp, Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters.See more »
Continuity: The happy face that Josh draws on Bud's cardboard doghouse changes appearance right after he finishes drawing it.See more »
[first lines]
Norm Snively:[after seeing a tear in his shirt] Oh, darn it!
[dresses Buddy; of a newspaper]
Norm Snively:Okay, mutt, show time! Okay, come here. Hold it. Hold it. Do not make me use this, Okay?
[rings doorbell; it opens]
Norm Snively:Hi, Clown and the Hound!
Norm Snively:Ow!
Norm Snively:Okay, kids, it's "Happy Slappy Time!" All right now, we'll start off with a little plate-spinnin', okay?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Who can, loving animals, not melt over Buddy?, 6 January 2013
Author: bts1984 from Portugal

The first of the 'Air Bud' series is as much wonderful as it is horribly underrated, truly a 90's classic. It has a dignified place in the list of the greatest animal movies as well. In many ways it is a depressing movie but it's also heart-warming, touching, feel-good and tons of fun. There's more to it to like, though. Cinematography is really beautiful and pure. The soundtrack is just perfect for this film. The boy and his devoted four-legged friend make a marvelous team and have a perfect chemistry.

Even though the film's title obviously refers to the dog, his name is actually Buddy - that is, once he ends up in the hands of Josh Framm. Even as the movie starts, the little we see is enough to realize how horribly the clown treats his dog (constantly yelling at him, threatening him and hitting him hard with the newspaper). It is heartbreaking to see that. Fortunately, this horrible man accidentally loses him and he finds Josh Framm (a, I assume, 12-year-old who is loving and caring but very shy and silent and currently under a depressive mood). They quickly become best friends, as Josh gives him the treatment he deserves. Buddy is a very special dog alone, but he has a special secret that makes him even more special: he can play basketball (even more amazing, better than humans can!).

Even though the clown is a horrible person, he doesn't have that much of a role. He is not someone I sympathize with and he certainly isn't funny, although it is hilarious when his truck falls apart and he can't stop it and accidentally drives it into a river.

Larry Willingham's father is a jerk. Even though Larry unfairly picks on Josh, at least he isn't too bratty and is funny at times. But Larry's father, that guy is such a jerk, although not overly annoying. Coach Joe isn't especially sympathetic because he is very impatient and temperamental, but he goes too far when he throws basketballs at Josh's peculiar friend Tom with aggressiveness.

The movie is focused more on Josh and Buddy, who are the most likable characters of the movie. Kevin Zegers is flawless as Josh Framm. Buddy the Dog is amazing as Buddy (may this wonderful dog rest in peace, wherever he is now). Brendan Fletcher does a good job as Larry. So does Shayn Solberg as Josh's good friend Tom. The late Eric Christmas is hilarious as Judge Cranfield.

Title in Portugal: 'Air Bud'.

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