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Air Bud (1997)

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A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his ... See full summary »

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Kevin DiCicco (character "Air Bud"), Paul Tamasy | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Nicola Cavendish ... Principal Pepper
Brendan Fletcher ... Larry Willingham
Norman Browning Norman Browning ... Buck Willingham
Stephen E. Miller ... Coach Barker
Shayn Solberg Shayn Solberg ... Tom
Chris Turner Chris Turner ... Greg
Christine Kennedy Christine Kennedy ... Melissa
Frank C. Turner ... Bailiff
Marion Dodd Marion Dodd ... Reporter (as Marian Dodd)
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Storyline

A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The new kid in town, Josh has no friends and is too shy to try out for the school basketball team. Instead he prefers to practice alone on an abandoned court, he befriends a runaway golden retriever named Buddy. Josh is amazed when he realizes that Buddy loves basketball...that is playing basketball...and he is GOOD! Josh eventually makes the school team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot. Josh and Buddy become the stars of halftime. Buddy's half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddy's mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup's celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated. Written by <BReid@proedit.com>

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The dog is in the house. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's Air Bud See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,720,516, 3 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,629,916, 12 December 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Seattle SuperSonics' expired icon appears on Josh's bed - the team is now the Oklahoma City Thunder. See more »

Goofs

During the first game against the Spokane Warriors, As soon as the tip-off is about to begin, you can clearly see the scoreboard which reads 20:00. The correct period time for high school basketball is 8:00. See more »

Quotes

Musical Band Teacher (cameo): [Josh is trying to play a trombone] No, no, no. Don't blow so hard.
[Josh blows his trombone softer]
Musical Band Teacher (cameo): Okay, blow a little harder.
[Josh then blows the trombone's slide completely out; it falls to the ground, then other classmates and band members laugh at him]
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Connections

Followed by Treasure Buddies (2012) See more »

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Clair
Written and Performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Entertaining and cute
10 November 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Air Bud is far from a classic, but I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. As far as dog movies go, Lassie Come Home and Old Yeller are the best in my opinion, but Air Bud is not a bad family movie at all. It is too short though, and there is some uneven direction and some hit and misses in the script, However, some of it is fitfully amusing, and the story is appealing. And the characters are engaging, especially Buddy and Josh, those two have great chemistry together. Kevin Zegers is likable enough, while Buddy steals the film whether it is the stunts or the bonding scenes. Air Bud is nice to look at, and the soundtrack is decent. But I have to give special mention to the acrobatics, because they are amazing. All in all, an entertaining and likable film, not perfect but decent family fare without taking itself too seriously. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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