Air Bud (Walt Disney Pictures Presents)
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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!

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:

  • Great movie
    This is a perfect movie for kids who like sports and animals. My son(4) loves this movie, we also have the soccer, football, and baseball versions of this movie. They are all great....more info
  • A proper review for a lost soldier
    KNX Radio was able to sum up Air Bud in one word: "irresistible". How dare they unleash such a paradoxical statement onto a society as frail as ours. Although I agree with KNX Radio that Air Bud is indeed "irresistible," who are they to have the audacity to limit such an inspirational and proficient epic to only one word. Listen KNX Radio, listen close, for that sound you hear is Lucky rolling in his grave. I will never apprehend how such a felonious act as this was hatched but alas it indeed was. Although I yet cannot change the past, I can surely disencumber some of the pain by giving Air Bud a more fitting review.

    Before I get to my review let me just include this disclaimer, because the movie does not take the obligation or accountability to do so itself. After viewing "Golden Receiver" the sophomore effort in this great saga of the Air Bud films, I was compelled to emulate my favorite actor Lucky who plays Bud by including my pet Dotson, Little Buddy, in a sociable game of varsity football. You should have heard Little Buddies yelps and whines of joy as he was the recipient of a few hard tackles. I was overcome with elation when I noticed that sparkle in his eye, until I perceived that the aforementioned sparkle was blood leisurely oozing from his eye sockets, not to be overshadowed by the bruised duodenum and descending colon, found in the epagastric region of his abdomen, that he suffered due to the game. Even with Little Buddies lackluster showing, my obstinate, obdurate and stubborn will would not let me give up on Lucky's legacy. With football not being his choice sport, I decided to enroll Little Buddy in a game of dodge ball which proved to be a fatal oversight when the sixty mile per hour projectile proved to be perplexing for Little Buddy to nab, due to the commensurate size between him and the ball and due to his lack of opposable thumbs unlike some of the ape geniis which may also be endowed with a prehensile tail to abet them in their arboreal tomfoolery and hijinx. What ensued after the impact was much too jarring for words, and this is coming from a man that roved the phlegmatic, unforgiving streets of Skokie, Illinois with nothing but his hopes and dreams. So please learn from my askew and leave these actions to the pros like Lucky.

    If at the completion of the film you still have an enduring yearn for more Air Bud (aka Lucky), you can note some hypnotic antics on the blooper reel. My two most beloved bloopers are when Lucky defecates on the basketball court and when he mounts the director from behind and attempts to procreate with him through his trousers. Also be sure to note the deleted scenes which display a scene cut to preserve the PG rating. In this scene Air Bud is shown charging a fan in the crowd after sustaining impact from a cup of beer. If you still have a hankering for more Air Bud, you can catch his E! True Hollywood story which chronicles his rise and fall to fame and touches on his shocking addiction to heart worm pills which led to other drug abuses which ultimately led to his untimely death. Ironic that a dog named Lucky would die of cancer.

    I bestow this epic with 5 out of 5 stars even though I find conflict in a film with a PG rating that features the star through-out showing full frontal nudity. Let me leave you with this before my review of the film. I hope through posthumous releases, akin to the late great Tupac Amaru Shakur, Lucky can fetch us as much joy in death as he did in life. Now a review that can honor Air Bud in a much more fitting way than the one word caper that KNX Radio had the nerve to spew from their vocal orifices.

    Air Bud "Very Irresistible"

    T.I.P. (Thug in peace) Lucky, Little Buddy, and Tupac ...more info
  • Shameless rip-off.
    Even innocent little kids will be horrified by this one...more info
  • GRAND, FUNNY MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    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!...more info
  • Movie for all ages
    Air BudIf you don't care for all the violent movies out there now, this is a great movie for the whole family, Air Bud World Pup is another good one. Really enjoyed watching this and I am a senior citizen....more info
  • Good Family film!
    A golden retriever that can not only play basketball by shooting with his nose, but can later on play football, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. Realistic? No, not at all. A good family film? Yes. When I was younger I loved watching Air Bud, especially the first one right here. This film is about a young boy who lost his father to an accident that needs a friend. Then a dog shows up. Soon he discovers that he can play basketball! And so the movie continues!

    This is a great family film to watch. I still do enjoy watching some of the Air Buds. One thing is for sure. If you watch one Air Bud, you gotta watch them all! If you've seen another Air Bud or are just looking for a good family film, this is definately for you!!!...more info
  • nice family movie for little ones
    I bought this for my 3 year old grandson,who loves animals. He has watched this movie over and over and OVER! I watched it with him the first time he watched it to make sure there were no issues that might worry him. There were a couple sad/upseting moments, but we talked about it and he was ok after that.
    grandma...more info
  • Air Bud
    I think Air Bud is one of the finer movies Disney Studios has made. It's a refreshing change from the R-rated rot that is often flashed on the silver screen today. Anyone who has helped train hunters or has been around guide dogs can appreciate the willing intelligence coupled with the magnificent training of the star of the show....more info
  • New York Times Bestseller!
    This is a great movie! You should buy this movie if you like dogs. This movie touched me in the most incredable way! If I were you (of course I'm not.)I would buy this movie today! Don't hesatate! Buy it now!...more info
  • still great
    what happenned to this series. this movie was great but the sequels were horrible. i saw this in theatres and have loved it every since....more info
  • Good for the kids
    My son really likes this movie, and it is enjoyable enough for the parents to watch with him....more info
  • New Wide Screen Version Coming !!!
    HEADS UP - ATTENTION; According to the website for Best Buy a new widescreen version of this movie is being issued and released on March 3, 2009. Amazon does not mention this at all. If Best Buy knows then Amazon should too. Amazon may want to unload their supply of full screen copies on unsuspecting buyers. If you want the widescreen version it is being re-issued on March 3, 2009.

    Lately Amazon has not been offering pre-orders for some in demand dvds soon to be re-issued. If they show something as out of print I suggest you check online for any coming new versions before you buy from the Amazon Marketplace sellers.

    Best Buy lists the up coming re-issue of Air Bud at $19.95, but I think the price will comedown in several months. Be patient. ...more info
  • I do not know why Amazon did not give this movie 5 stars!
    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!...more info
  • Adorable!
    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!...more info
  • The Best!!!!!
    I love this movie, it is the best animal movie in a long time, it touched me incredably, anyone who likes dogs should get this one, it's a great movie for the whole family,even little kids would love it.Stop what you are doing and go get it!!!...more info
  • Adorable
    Air Bud is the most talented dog I've ever seen, and he is also very quite and smart. He learns how to play b'ball and turns into the mascot of the teem. But before that there is a wonderful story on how his master get's bud and Bud's life before that. It's very touching and very well done....more info
  • Great movie
    This is a perfect movie for kids who like sports and animals. My son(4) loves this movie, we also have the soccer, football, and baseball versions of this movie. They are all great....more info
  • Air Bud The Review
    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....more info
  • Disturbingly relevant in today's post 9/11 climate
    Other basketball films (White Men Can't Jump, The Air Up There) have tried to allude towards racial/nationalistic equality in sports, but this one takes it as far as you can go and then run's with it dawg - or I mean DOG. Air Bud (R.I.P.) taught me and my family a lot about not believing stereotypes like dogs can't play hoop. I'm down with racial unity and I'm down with Air Bud 1 and 3 (not 2)....more info