Air Bud (series)
|Directed by||Charles Martin Smith (1)
Richard Martin (2)
Bill Bannerman (3)
Robert Vince (4, 6–14)
Mike Southon (5)
|Produced by||Robert Vince (1–12)
Anna McRoberts (4–10)
Keven Kasha (4–5)
Michael Strange (1–5)
Anne Vince (1–5)
Ian Fodie (2–3)
William Vince (1–2)
Bob Weinstein (1)
Harvey Weinstein (1)
|Written by||Kevin DeCicco (1–9)
Paul Tamasy (1–9)
Aaron Mendelsohn (1–9)
Robert Vince (3–10)
Anne Vince (3–6)
Mike Whiting (3)
Sara Sutton (4)
Stephanie Isherwood (4)
Anna McRoberts (4–5, 7–10)
Phil Hanley (6–8)
|Music by||Brahm Wenger|
|Studio||Keystone Entertainment (1997-2003) Key Pix Productions (2006-present) Innocent Films(2015-present)|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures
|Release dates||1997–2003, 2006–13 2015-present|
The Air Bud film series (also known as Air Buddies or Disney Buddies) is an American film franchise based on a sports-playing golden retriever named Buddy, portrayed by Air Buddy. The franchise began in 1997 with the theatrical release of Air Bud, followed by the theatrical release of Air Bud: Golden Receiver in 1998. The rest of the films in the series were released in direct-to-video form. The Air Buddies or Disney Buddies spin-off series began in 2006 with the release of Air Buddies and it focuses on the adventures of Air Buddy's talking golden retriever puppies.
As of late 2013, there are fourteen movies in the franchise, including five in the Air Bud series, seven in the Air Buddies series, and two Christmas spin-offs of the Air Buddies series.
On 12 December 2013 Innocent Films (A UK Independent film studio) announced their intentions to co-produce a new 'Buddies' film with Disney with a aim for release in Summer 2015.
Air Bud films
The first 2 movies in the franchise were released in theaters, while later entries were direct-to-video releases.
- Air Bud (1997) – Josh meets a golden retriever and finds out that he can play basketball.
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) – Josh's golden retriever learns to play football.
- Air Bud: World Pup (2000) – Josh and Emma discover that Buddy's ballplaying skills apply to soccer.
- Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) – Buddy makes the baseball team and becomes a star player.
- Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003) – Buddy tackles volleyball.
Air Buddies films
The Air Buddies films focus on Buddy's puppies, and they were all direct-to-video releases. According to scholar Daniel Gearin, these are not real "Air Bud" movies.
- Air Buddies (2006) – Buddy and Molly's offspring work together to help each other while attempting to rescue their parents.
- Snow Buddies (2008) – The offspring of Buddy and Molly go on an Alaskan adventure.
- Space Buddies (2009) – The Buddies tag along for a field trip to the space museum and accidentally walk aboard a rocket ship.
- Santa Buddies (2009) – The Buddies help deliver the presents on Christmas Eve.
- Spooky Buddies (2011) – The Buddies are in a new adventure when Halloween hits Fernfield.
- Treasure Buddies (2012) – The Buddies find themselves on an Indiana Jones style adventure.
- Super Buddies (2013) – The Buddies acquire rings that give them super powers, now they must use them to stop a villain.
- Upcoming 'Buddies' (film)Upcoming (TBA) – A brand new film which will see the buddies on a new adventure
- The Search for Santa Paws (2010) – When Santa is in trouble, Paws has to save Christmas with the help of some friends.
- Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012) – When the Christmas spirit begins to disappear, Mrs. Claus and the Santa Pups must race to save Christmas around the world.
Cast and characters
|Air Bud||Air Bud: Golden Receiver||Air Bud: World Pup||Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch||Air Bud: Spikes Back||Air Buddies||Snow Buddies||Space Buddies||Santa Buddies||The Search for Santa Paws||Spooky Buddies||Treasure Buddies||Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups||Super Buddies|
|Buddy||Air Buddy||Various golden retriever dog actors||Tom Everett Scott (voice)|
|Molly||Non-Speaking Role||Molly Shannon (voice)|
|B-Dawg||Skyler Gisondo (voice)||Skyler Gisondo (voice)||Cooper Roth (voice)|
|Buddha||Dominic Scott Kay (voice)||Jimmy Bennett (voice)||Field Cate (voice)||Field Cate (voice)
Aramis Knight (voice, uncredited)
|Charles Henry Wyson (voice)||Tenzing Trainor (voice)|
|Budderball||Josh Flitter (voice)||Nico Ghisi (voice)||Tucker Albrizzi (voice)||Jeremy Shinder (voice)|
|Mudbud||Spencer Fox (voice)||Henry Hodges (voice)||Ty Panitz (speaking voice)
Jonathan Morgan Heit (singing voice)
|Ty Panitz (voice)||Ty Panitz (voice)|
|Rosebud||Abigail Breslin (voice)||Liliana Mumy (voice)||G. Hannelius (voice)||G. Hannelius (voice)|
|Josh Framm||Kevin Zegers|
|Norm Snively||Michael Jeter|
|Sheriff Bob||Patrick Cranshaw|
|Sniffer||Don Knotts (voice)||Tim Conway (voice)||Tim Conway (voice)||Tim Conway (voice)|
|Belinda||Debra Jo Rupp|
- Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.
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