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  • Actors: Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs, Eric Christmas
  • Directors: Charles Martin Smith
  • Writers: Aaron Mendelsohn, Kevin DiCicco, Paul Tamasy
  • Producers: Anne Vince, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, James A. Jusko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 1998
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304765215
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Air Bud" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Buddy, the sensational real-life hoop hound with 22,000 career baskets under his collar, stars in this hilarious and touching Disney comedy critics cheered as "irresistible" family entertainment! When Josh Framm, a 12-year-old boy, finds himself in a new city with no friends, he's too shy to try out for the basketball team. However, while practicing, he meets Buddy, a runaway golden retriever, who surprises him with his ability to score baskets. Josh and Buddy eventually make the school team, and the dog's extraordinary talents spark a media frenzy -- one that attracts Buddy's greedy former owner (EVENING SHADE'S Michael Jeter), who wants to cash in on the dog's notoriety. Boy and dog must keep one step ahead of the brute -- while at the same time rallying their school team to the state finals! Get ready to be delighted, moved -- and amazed -- by AIR BUD, destined to become a timeless Disney favorite!

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Moviegoers and more than a few critics found much to enjoy in this Disney film about a lost dog named Buddy. The canine is befriended by a lonely boy and proceeds to become the star of the kid's junior high school basketball team. Demonstrating an abundance of on- and off-court agility, Buddy can dribble like a pro (no, not the wet kind of dribble), and he never misses a shot. Michael Jeter plays Buddy's original owner who returns to get his dog back (don't worry, he's an unworthy weasel), and director Charles Martin Smith brings a refreshing flair to the climactic basketball scenes. Air Bud was a modest hit for Disney, and the film's entertaining vitality gets a touch of poignancy from the fact that Lucky, the canine actor in the title role, died of cancer not long after the film was released. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

I will definitely stream more movies.
Kelly Roy
This is a great movie for the whole family I've enjoyed watching it a couple times and the kids have watched it over and over We highly recommend it!
san diego Grandma
This is a great movie for the whole family!
Susan Verdun

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deena Finney on December 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This movie is a wonderful addition to our family viewing library. It is an absolutely clean, safe, and totally enjoyable movie for the entire family, even the youngest members. My grandchildren and my husband and I have had a blast watching it together and the kids ask to see it over and over again. I highly recommend this as a fine family movie!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jump5 Fan on January 15, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is absolutly WONDERFUL!I highly reccomend it to anybody who likes dogs,sports,happy endings,and funny movies!

A boy named Josh moves to a new town entitled Ferfield and does not have any friends at school or anywhere until he meets a lost dog which he names Buddy and he surprisingly discovers that this dog is a Basketball champ!I mean,imagine a dog playing Basketball!Thats pretty much the funny part about this movie!Josh is very happy that he is know friends with this amazing dog because Budddy is his one and only friend in the town so far and he has lot`s of fun playing Basketball with Buddy!I will not tell you anymore because I do not want to spoil the fun parts but I will tell you two more things!

1.If you like this movie,don`t forget to see,Air Bud:Golden Reciever,Air Bud:World Pup,Air Bud Spikes Back,and Air Bud:Seventh Inning Fetch,which are great sequals to this film!

and finaly,here is the last thing I want to tell you!

2.SEE THIS MOVIE!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: DVD
Anyone who is an animal lover should see this movie. And anyone who is not an animal lover has got to love Buddy the dog. Because he is one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever seen. The movie also has great values and it is a fine christian movie. Anyone who does not agree with me that Buddy is adorable should get there head examined. I love goldens! especially Buddy and this movie is awesome!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bambi L. Tuckey on June 24, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is a VERY good movie!!!!

I LOVE how this dog can play Basketball! It start's when a young boy named Josh and his mom and sister move to a town. Josh's dad died and Josh has been sad after. At the same time a Golden Retriever breaks free from a man who beats the dog. When the dog finds Josh the dog brings happieness back to Josh. Josh names the dog Buddy and keeps him as a friend. When Buddy soon shows Josh that he is a GREAT basketball player Josh soon enters Buddy and himself into the team. When Buddy's owner finds out what Buddy can do the man trys to get the dog back! Watch as a Golden Retriever plays Basketball and as Josh will stop at nothing to save the dog from more abuse.

Do buy Air Bud!

The acting is GREAT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cannon on July 1, 2005
Format: DVD
The Movie that started an empire of B movies. See this movie, and you have seen all the air bud movies. But hey, its a golden retriever that can play basket ball... soccer.. football... brain surgery. These are fun and light hearted and worth it all. Mutt dog befriends moppy kid and show kid the light. If any thing, the brooding of the kids in these series gets tedious, but otherwise, its worth the price of admission.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2009
Format: DVD
I am not a big movie watcher but even I enjoyed sitting with my kids and watching this.
It was well worth the time.
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Format: DVD
A fantastic family film that won hearts in 1997 makes its return to DVD nearly 12 years later for a special edition release.

The film was a tremendous success in the box office which cost $3 million to make and made $24 million and instantly became a hit with canine fans everywhere and help spawn four more additional Air-bud films and three "Buddies" films (five puppies considered to be the offspring of Air Bud).

With the release of "Space Buddies" in 2009, what best reacquaint movie viewers with the film that help start it all.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

For a 1997 film, the picture quality is pretty good. I don't recall seeing any aging, excessive grain or any video fragmenting. Overall, for a film that is 12-years-old, picture quality still remains pretty good.

As for audio, audio is presented in Dolby Digital and the film is strictly a dialogue-based film and music. So, this is not a film to expect your side or rear channels being used but overall, dialogue and music is clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The main special feature is a "Dog-U-Commentary With the Buddies" featuring the puppies in the recent Buddies films featuring Bud-dha B-Dawg, Mudbud, Budderball and Rosebud.

Also, the DVD comes in a cardboard case that holds a metal necklace/dog tag that has "Buddy" imprinted on it.

JUDGMENT CALL:

Personally, I think the release of "AIR BUD" on DVD is great timing.

With the release of "Space Buddies" and the movie's references to their father aka "Buddy", it's a heartwarming and enjoyable family film for the children. Of course, unlike the buddies which uses current technology and features the puppies talking, "AIR BUD" does not feature a dog that talks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 20, 2006
Format: DVD
I have to say this is one of the 5 best movies I will ever see.

And not just Air Bud, but the whole series was spectacular!

Every family will love this movie, along with the others.

This is a masterpiece and heartwarming movie.
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Lucky canine actor
The dog's name was actually Buddy, as in the film. And he had to have his leg amputated, and then later died of cancer. Pretty sad :( RIP Buddy.
Dec 19, 2009 by yavin4 |  See all 2 posts
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