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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.

Writers:

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

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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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Taglines:

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 »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Principal Pepper calls Buddy "Air Bud" during Buddy's introduction to the school the first time in the franchise he is referred to by his real name. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy's owner chases Buddy and Josh, numerous shots of him behind the wheel clearly show the transmission lever in "park". See more »

Quotes

Josh Framm: [starts looking for Buddy after he wakes up Christmas morning] Buddy
[not seeing him under the bed where he expected]
Josh Framm: Buddy?
[leaps out of bed alarmed by not finding him]
Josh Framm: Buddy!
Jackie Framm: [he runs downstairs, finds Buddy, beside Jackie, with a Christmas ribbon on his forehead] Merry Christmas, Josh!
Josh Framm: [hugs Buddy, extra heavily, causing Buddy to whine] Thank you mom. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Live Action Movie Dogs (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Splish Splash
Written by Bobby Darin and Murray the 'K' (as Jean Murray)
Produced and Performed by Jimmy Z.
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User Reviews

 
Even the parents will like it
28 September 2003 | by TransformerSee all my reviews

Since most kids' movies are horrible, parents dread having to sit through them alongside their children. But this is harmless, feel-good fun that even a parent can stomach. It's a tad unbelievable, and some stunts are all too convenient, but so what? We can all suspend a certain amount of disbelief and enjoy a movie, right?


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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:

$4,878,632, 3 August 1997

Gross USA:

$23,144,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,144,499
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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