Air BudAugust 1, 1997
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)
Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena
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
Stephen E. Miller
Frank C. Turner
(as Marian Dodd)
He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores.
Air Bud Productions |
Release Date: 1 August 1997
Filming Locations: Lord Kitchener Elementary School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $4,720,516
(3 August 1997)
(7 December 1997)
Did You Know?
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).
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.
[after seeing a tear in his shirt]
Oh, darn it!
[dresses Buddy; of a newspaper]
Okay, mutt, show time! Okay, come here. Hold it. Hold it. Do not make me use this, Okay?
[rings doorbell; it opens]
Hi, Clown and the Hound!
Okay, kids, it's "Happy Slappy Time!" All right now, we'll start off with a little plate-spinnin', okay?
Even the parents will like it
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
too convenient, but so what? We can all suspend a certain amount of
disbelief and enjoy a movie, right?