Air Bud

August 1, 1997 0 By Fans
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Plot

A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends…

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 4.6/10 (6,396 voted)

Director:
Charles Martin Smith

Stars: Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena

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.

Writers: Kevin DiCicco, Paul Tamasy

Cast:

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)

Taglines:
He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores.



Details

Official Website:
Air Bud Productions |

Release Date: 1 August 1997

Filming Locations: Lord Kitchener Elementary School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,720,516
(USA)
(3 August 1997)
(1795 Screens)

Gross: $23,125,940
(USA)
(7 December 1997)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Josh's Dad and Jackie's late husband's name is Andy Framm (seen for just a split-second at 0:39:20 on a cardboard box containing basketball cards).

Goofs:

Continuity:
During Snively's chase after Josh and Buddy, he's about to hit a Dodge Aries from the back. But the next shot, he comes in contact with it by the side.

Quotes:

[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!
[entering]

Norm Snively:
Ow!
[chuckling]

Norm Snively:
Okay, kids, it's "Happy Slappy Time!" All right now, we'll start off with a little plate-spinnin', okay?
[…]



User Review

Even the parents will like it

Rating: 7/10

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?