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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
An unlikely story of 5 dogs who stow aboard a space shuttle, take a trip to a space station to pick up a Russian dog, land on the moon, then pilot the ship safely back to earth and their loving masters. It's what you would expect in a movie like this: action enough for older kids, comedy and cheese enough for younger ones. Clean fun.

The highest praise I can give it is that my children loved it and I wasn't bored (the first time.) Recommended for children of all ages.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
These "Buddie" films are just so cute and enjoyable, family fun films with cute puppies that you can't get enough of.

Since the 1997 debut of the film "Air Bud", from that film of a talking canine has launched several "Buddie" films featuring the golden retriever puppies in "Air Buddies" and "Snow Buddies" and this time with "Space Buddies".

What happens when the puppies become stowaways in an experimental spacecraft? Expect a lot of fun and giggles for the family.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

The film is presented in 1080p high definition (1:78:1). The film looks great on Blu-ray and the majority of the film is done using green screen and CGI and wirework. The CG work was done quite well for this family film.. From the space station to the aircraft and its digital screens, the film looks pretty good. Also, there is quite a bit of wirework done to emulate the puppies floating due to gravity and you don't see the wires, again, it looks pretty good.

Audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and I did notice the rear channels being used quite a bit for several action-based sequences and sound effects rather effectively. I was very impressed to hear the all channels being utilized during the film because for a children's film, I really wasn't expecting it. So, needless to say I was pleased by it. Although "SPACE BUDDIES" is primarily a dialogue-based film, the film does take advantage of your system's surround sound, so that was definitely cool!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There are a few special features on this Blu-ray edition of "Space Buddies". The video quality ranges from 1080p, 1080i and 480i and are featured in Dolby Digital 2.0. The special features are:

* Buddy Facts: You can watch the film with pop up tidbits about the making of "Space Buddies" and about space.
* Buddy Bloopers: Outtakes and blunders (granted these were purposely done)
* "Dancing in the Moonlight" Music Video with Disney Channel's Alyson Stoner
* Disneypedia: The Buddies Guide to Space Travel: This was a 10+ minute featurette about the behind-the-scenes making of the film. Also, a insight on comparisons of how real astronauts train for space and what the pippies had to do to look like they were in space. A fun featurette that the kids will definitely enjoy!
* Buddy Finder: Exclusive to Blu-ray is a scavenger hunt game using your remote control and while watching the film, you need to find 100 items.
* Disney BD-Live Network: A US only feature which people with BD-Live equipped players can access special features from Disney's BD-Live Network.

I watched this film with the family and each of us enjoyed the film. I suppose it's really hard not to dislike a film about puppies and fortunately the technology of how they make the puppies talk on film definitely works well when they mouth the words and overall, the talking portion doesn't look cheesy at all.

This is a safe family film. For my 6-year-old, there was only one sequence in which he was a little scared but that was the Cosmonaut Yuri (because he has lived in the space station and is a bit unkept, so his hair is a bit wacky) but all in all, from his perspective, he had a lot of fun and of course, when you have a puppy who likes to eat a lot and when his paw is pulled, he lets out gas. So, I guess you can say that the "fart jokes" really goes well with the kids.

As for the puppies safety, I know that there are a few dog lovers who cringe when they see animals in a film because they worry about their well-being and if they are going to be put into any dangerous situations . The puppies were more or less kept indoors most of the time and in small and what looks like safe areas in the films, so I believe that the puppies were quite safe during filming.

As for adults who are watching this film, may you be a dog lover or a parent, the film of course is a bit farfetched especially how the puppies were always so successful into sneaking into a building or vehicle with human's nearby but with these type of films, you can't get too serious, after all it's a film made for children. But these are the types of film that are wonderful to watch with the whole family especially if your child enjoys reading about the planets, the moon and outer space, the film and the special features will definitely be entertaining. Heck, even if you are captivated by the charm of these puppies, you'll definitely find this film fun and entertaining.

The Blu-ray version of "Space Buddies" looks very good in high-definition and the audio is pretty good as well! This is the best looking "Buddies" release yet!

Overall a solid, family film for the children and worthy of purchasing on Blu-ray!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
As, and avid, and loyal fan of all the Air Bud movies, and with the Air Buddies, I think this movie is good entertainment for the whole family. It has a good cast, and the story line is very cute. I hope Disney continues to make more of the Buddies or Air Bud movies, it is good wholesome family fun to watch. With all the violence out in other movies this one brings the family back together to watch a fun, and cute movie, what family movie time should be. I recommend this to all families, and single people who love animals. An excellent movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I love the buddies movies
Then again it all started with the original "Air Bud" - and still get teary eyed thinking "bud" isn't with us
The movies are cute, sweet and this aunt of 2 is not ashamed to enjoy some of the stuff her nieces do
The costumes, the trainers do such a good job with these dogs

I love the franchise
Thanks disney
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Okay, this is clearly a childrens movie, and I'm sure the 50th time I have to watch it, my head will explode. But my kids (4 and 2) loved it enough to actually sit down and be quiet for about 80 minutes. Underlying messages of teamwork and "never leave a man behind." Ignore the preposterous premise and use the time to do something exciting like wash the dishes or fold laundry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
What to say about a film that stars puppies? It is what it is, a space fantasy for kids who like animals, and specifically cute little gold Labradors who mimic their owners in the personality department. Junior canines find themselves launched into orbit and beyond to help save a Spuds McKensky knockoff from being stranded in the great beyond with a Crazy Ivan astronaut from the legendary ("and thankfully defunct") Soviet space station which plummeted to Earth and crashed into the south Pacific some fifteen to twenty years ago ... (Taco Bell had a contest for anyone who could bring them a piece of the thing, or if it hit a sign on Fiji ... a little bit of trivia).

It's a harmless film with obligatory body function jokes for the kids to laugh at, and of course, the puppies. See it once with your kids, smirk, maybe even laugh and have a good time.

Or, as the pups would say; "Frashizin' ... Dawg!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Good movie to sit down and watch with the kids. They find it to be funny now, but soon enough they'll be "too old" for kids movies...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
This was a nice movie for young children to watch and adults can be a little bit entertained. I would have to say the acting for the most part is horrendous even so much so that it seems on purpose and creates humor unintentially. As for my little girl she loves to watch the puppies talking so as long as this movie keeps her entertained I highly recommend it.
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Format: DVD
Space Buddies - the whole Buddies franchise, well its fun and it has worn out its welcome in some ways. A thirteen year old says, yep it was an OK movie (he did laugh a number of times), but it wasn't really that good. Here's dad's take, the earlier versions were better, a bit more engaging, and a bit funnier.

There's a lot less dog moving mouth and talking scenes in this one. The CG on the moon, well it's really downright bad. It actually looks like a person with a Macintosh and a couple of hours could have done much better. A ferret talks the dogs back to earth. Nothing about the film is real or believable, but it's entertainment, so a person can suspend reality for a while.

Daumer from Coach days is the head dunderhead owner of Vision Rocket Company. And there's a Robert Downey Jr. wanna be that is the villain. The other characters were filler Disney characters. The kids were, as usual chez Disney, cute and smarter than the adults.

It's a pleasant, decently fun movie to watch for an hour and 20 minutes. There's no real rewatch value. Definitely PG, and appropriate for just about everyone. There's a moment when the Russian space ship burns up, and it looks like the Cosmonaut (Diedrich Bader from The Drew Carey Show) will burn with it. However, he gets in an escape pod and is launched away. He also drinks some clear liquid and gets very happy. But it's also possible that was water and he was happy because of the music played and his dancing. By the way, Bader is not exactly terribly believable as a Russian. His accent comes and goes frequently.

All in all, a pleasant movie to watch on a Saturday evening in March where huge snowflakes are unseasonably falling. Kids will enjoy this. Parents will not be annoyed by it. And everyone will get a laugh or two here and there all in a good healthy manner.

The DVD has a bloopers reel as bonus feature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
My boys love these silly dogs.
I really don't like these movies...but it keeps my boys happy when cooking dinner, or other chores I need to get finished.
The acting is horrid. But for the kids...they LOVE the buddies.
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