Air Bud: World Pup
|Air Bud: World Pup|
DVD cover art
|Directed by||Bill Bannerman|
|Produced by||Ian Fodie|
|Written by||Mike Whiting|
by Paul Tamasy
Brittany Paige Bouck
|Music by||Brahm Wenger|
|Edited by||Kelly Herron|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Video|
|December 12, 2000|
Air Bud: World Pup (also known as Air Bud 3 in most other countries) is a 2000 made-for-video American film, and the third film in the Air Bud series. It was the first Air Bud movie to be filmed without Buddy, the canine star of the first two films; Buddy died after production of the previous film, Golden Receiver.
World Pup was the first film in the Air Bud series not to be released theatrically in the US; however, it was played in Philippine theaters for a limited time.
Teenager Josh Framm's mother, Jackie, has just married her veterinarian boyfriend, Patrick Sullivan. Josh and his best friend, Tom Stewart, have just made their school's soccer team when their coach reveals that their team will become co-ed. Josh meets Emma, an attractive girl who just moved with her family from England who are wealthy; and not only will she be playing on his soccer team, but she also has a golden retriever named Molly. Buddy also finds Molly attractive.
Emma invites Josh and Tom to a party at her house and Tom dressed up like a British soldier and he looked quite silly. At the same time, things work out between Buddy and Molly and they become infatuated on the second floor in Emma's house, all the while Andrea Framm and her best friend Tammy want to scope out what was going on at the party. Molly quickly has puppies with Josh's basketball and football-playing dog, Buddy. Next, it is discovered that Buddy also has the uncanny ability to play soccer.
However, the soccer committee decided to ban the Timberwolves from the soccer league just because they had Buddy on their team. The Timberwolves could remove Buddy from their team or remove their team from the league. Knowing Buddy was the star player, they naturally quit the league. The head of the committee's son sees that the Timberwolves have been banned from the league and is outraged, making the head of the committee to have a change of heart, letting the Timberwolves back into the league.
Buddy has a uniform and is on the roster, leading Josh's soccer team to the state championship. However, trouble occurs when Buddy's six newborn puppies are kidnapped by a man called Snerbert (Martin Ferrero) who wants to sell them for whippets. Once they have been caught, Snerbert's assistant, Webster, confessed and helped bring Josh, and Buddy to the championships, which their team was losing horribly on because the two were late. They didn't care about Snerbert because Buddy had an army of dogs and they weren't going to let Snerbert go anywhere.
Buddy's team wins the championships.
- Kevin Zegers – Josh Framm
- Martin Ferrero – Snerbert
- Dale Midkiff – Dr. Patrick Sullivan
- Caitlin Wachs – Andrea Framm
- Chilton Crane – Mrs. Jackie Framm-Sullivan
- Brittany Paige Bouck – Emma Putter
- Shayn Solberg – Tom Stewart
- Miguel Sandoval – Coach Montoya
- Chantal Strand – Tammy
- Duncan Regehr – Geoffrey Putter
- Briana Scurry – Herself
- Alexander Ludwig – Cameo
- Don McMillan as Webster
Shooting took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The soccer field and red brick buildings in the background are part of Shaughnessy Elementary School.