Air Bud: Golden Receiver

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Air Bud: Golden Receiver
Air Bud - Golden Receiver.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Martin
Produced by Robert Vince
Screenplay by Paul Tamasy
Aaron Mendelsohn
Based on Characters
by Paul Tamasy
Aaron Mendelsohn
Kevin DiCicco
Music by Brahm Wenger
Cinematography Mike Southon
Edited by Bruce Lange
Melinda Seabrook
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
Release date
  • August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million
Box office $10,224,116

Air Bud: Golden Receiver (also known as Air Bud 2) is the 1998 sequel to Air Bud. The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is also the last of the Air Bud films to be released theatrically. Outside the United States the film was often titled Air Bud 2. This film is dedicated in memory of the original Air Bud (Air Buddy), who died of Synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects soft tissue near the joints of the arm, leg, or neck in 1998, just several months before the movie's release.

Unlike its predecessor, Air Bud: Golden Receiver was a box office failure, receiving negative reviews and grossing $10,224,116 against a budget of $11 million.


Several years after Buddy's former owner Norm Snivley got sent to prison and becoming Buddy's legal owner, Josh Framm (Kevin Zegers), now a teenager, becomes angry when his mother, Jackie, begins dating Patrick Sullivan, the town's new veterinarian after a couple of failed dates. It all starts when Sullivan innocently tosses Josh's basketball-savvy dog, Buddy, a football one day, and he discovers that Buddy also has an uncanny ability to play the sport of football. Soon enough, Buddy begins playing on Josh's Junior High football team. At first, the team is failing miserably since they have been losing a lot of games. But thanks to Buddy's superior football skills, the team keeps on winning and makes the playoffs. In addition, they advance to the championship. Meanwhile, two Russian siblings by the names of Natalya and Popov kidnap Buddy in hopes of having him perform as the special attraction in the Russian circus while Josh runs away when Patrick proposes to his mother. His coach finds him and convinces him that just because Patrick is in his life now, he doesn't have to stop loving his father and he returns home, but Patrick is gone and Buddy is missing. The Timberwolves are forced to play the championship game without Buddy and are losing terribly. Buddy and the other animals manage to escape and Natalya and Popov are arrested and placed into the custody of the Russian embassy after their van falls into a lake following a chase sequence. Meanwhile, Patrick finds Buddy and takes him to the game. With the help of Buddy, the team catches up, but Buddy is tackled and taken out of the game. The Timberwolves are forced to finish the game without him and thanks to Josh and Tommy, they win the championship. Later, Josh stops Patrick from leaving and convinces him to stay. The family later goes to a Seattle Seahawks football game and Buddy sneaks onto the field.



Prior to the film's theatrical release, it was originally rated PG by the MPAA (as seen in the original theatrical trailer).[1] However, by the time the film was released in theaters, it was given a G rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, making it the first Air Bud film to have been designated that rating in the United States.

Home video release[edit]

This film was released to VHS on December 18th 1998, and was later released to DVD in 2000. Walt Disney Home Video continued its line of Air Bud Special Edition DVDs with the release of Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition on February 2, 2010. The special edition includes a play-by-play action exclusive Sports Channel by the Buddies (the pups of Air Bud), led by Budderball.


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