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Air Bud (1997)

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An unexpected player joins the school basketball team - a circus dog who escaped from a cruel master.


Kevin DiCicco (character "Air Bud"), Paul Tamasy | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Michael Jeter (Norm Snively) and Wendy Makkena (Jackie Framm) also starred together in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) as Father Ignatius and Sister Mary Robert. See more »


When Snively chases Josh and Buddy through the park, Josh's jeans change color from light blue to dark blue, then back to light blue, then to dark blue, then back to light blue. See more »


[after Buddy got to basketball championship game. Josh and other Timberwolves hugs Buddy. Coach Chaney quickly put Buddy into the game, replacing a fouled-out Timberwolf]
Both Warrior headcoaches: Are they nuts?
Arthur Chaney: What's the matter, gentlemen? Afraid your team might get beat by a dog?
Both Warrior headcoaches: [the two Warriors coaches answer together] Put him in.
[Coach Chaney quickly and quietly laughs, slightly diabolically]
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O Holy Night
Music by Adolphe Adam (uncredited)
Lyricist: English lyrics by John Sullivan Dwight (uncredited)
Performed by St. John's Episcopal Choir
Donald Pearson, Conductor
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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A simple, innocent, mildely intertaning after school special.
19 January 2004 | by eaw1990osakaSee all my reviews

A young boy who's father has passed away moves to a new town with his baby sister and mother, with little hopes of making new friends or getting over his father's death: until he finds a dog who can play basketball! Turning suddenly from being an incompetent water boy, whom only dreams of joining the school basketball team, to an admirable young athlete with his great new dog, Buddy.

A mildly entertaining afternoon special for kids. With it's innocence and slitly comicle charm, this movie, like all other afterschool specials has it's moments. I wouldn't say it was funny, it dosn't have what most of the modern day kids or pre-teens are looking for in their entertainment: Bombs going off, blood, martial arts or showy costumes. It's the type of thing for a family with three or four children of mixed ages to watch with their mother before nap time. Isn't obscene like most movies even a nine year old might watch these days, yet isn't Barnie or Elmo either.

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Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's Air Bud See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,878,632, 3 August 1997

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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