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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.

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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 »

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Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Out of the 5 Air Bud films, this is the only film in the series to be rated PG. See more »

Goofs

When Snively is chasing Josh with his truck, the first part that flies out from under the truck after he crashes through the Fernfield sign is the driveshaft. As the preceding scene clearly shows this as a 2-wheel-drive truck, without the driveshaft it is impossible for the truck to accelerate under engine power. It could've possibly coasted faster given the slight downhill grade, but the truck is clearly shown accelerating out of control off the dock. See more »

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Josh Framm: [During first Timberwolves & Warriors basketball game, Buddy comes into gymnasium and knocked basketball out of a Warrior's grip] Buddy!
[Both teams start chasing Buddy, to try to get the basketball back, saying "Get him!"]
Josh Framm: Buddy, stop!
Referee #1: Hey, gimme that ball.
Jackie Framm: [Loose basketball then hits a Gatorade ice-chest, causing a big spill on gymnasium floor] Excuse me.
Josh Framm: Get back here.
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Clair
Written and Performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Who can, loving animals, not melt over Buddy?
6 January 2013 | by bts1984See all my reviews

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 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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