Air Bud: World Pup

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Air Bud: World Pup
DVD cover art
Directed byBill Bannerman
Written byMike Whiting
Robert Vince
Anne Vince
Based onCharacters
by Paul Tamasy
Aaron Mendelsohn
Kevin DiCicco
Produced byIan Fodie
StarringKevin Zegers
Brittany Paige Bouck
Dale Midkiff
Caitlin Wachs
Chilton Crane
Shayn Solberg
Miguel Sandoval
Chantal Strand
CinematographyCyrus Block
Edited byKelly Herron
Laura Mazur
Music byBrahm Wenger
Distributed byBuena Vista Home Entertainment[a]
Release date
  • December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
Running time
83 minutes
CountriesUnited States

Air Bud: World Pup, also known as Air Bud 3, is a 2000 sports comedy film directed by Bill Bannerman. The third film in the Air Bud series, it was the 2nd to be filmed without Buddy, the canine star of the first film; Buddy died after production of the first film. Air Bud: World Pup was the first film in the Air Bud series not to be released theatrically in the U.S., opting to only be released on video, but was played in Philippine theaters for a limited time.


Teenager Josh Framm's mother, Jackie, has just married her veterinarian boyfriend, Dr. Patrick Sullivan (Dale Midkiff). Josh and his best friend, Tom Stewart (Shayn Solberg), just made their school's soccer team when their coach reveals that their team will become co-ed. Josh meets Emma Putter, an attractive, wealthy girl who just moved to Fernfield from England after her mother's death, who will not only be playing on his soccer team, but also has a golden retriever named Molly, whom Buddy also finds attractive. Emma invites Josh to a party at her house and Tom arrives dressed up like a British soldier and looking quite silly wearing a kilt. At the same time, things work out between Buddy and Molly and they become infatuated on the second floor in Emma's house. Josh's sister, Andrea Framm (Caitlin Wachs) and her best friend, Tammy (Chantal Strand), want to scope out what's really going on at the party. Molly quickly has puppies with Buddy. Next, it is discovered that Buddy also has the uncanny ability to play soccer, but the soccer committee decided on the recommendation of chairman Jack Stearns to ban the Timberwolves from the soccer league all because they had Buddy on their team.

The Timberwolves were given two options: either remove Buddy from their team or remove their team from the league (either way, the Springbrook Spartans, the team Jack serves as coach of, would have rectified their 3-1 loss to the Timberwolves). Knowing Buddy was the star player, they naturally quit the league. When Jack's son, Spartans all-star captain Steve Stearns, learns that the Timberwolves have been banned from the league, he's outraged and confronts his father, leading to Jack calling Timberwolves coach Montoya and informing him that, after careful consideration, the committee had a change of heart and the Timberwolves were back in the league. Buddy has a uniform and is on the roster, leading Josh's soccer team to the state championship against the Spartans. However, trouble ensues when Buddy and Molly's six newborn puppies are kidnapped by a man called Snerbert (Martin Ferrero), who wants to sell them. Once they are caught by Josh, Andrea, Emma, and Snerbert's assistant, Webster (Don McMillan), the butler Emma's father, Geoffrey (Duncan Regehr), hired to help care for Molly during her pregnancy, threw Snerbert under the bus by revealing the motive for the kidnapping: Snerbert wanted to get rich, while Webster just wanted a puppy, something he always wanted since childhood. Webster subsequently offers to drive Andrea, Josh, Emma and Buddy to the stadium, which the Timberwolves were losing because Emma, Josh and Buddy were missing, while an army of dogs stayed behind to make sure Snerbert didn't try to go anywhere. The Timberwolves subsequently win the championship thanks to a game-winning goal by Buddy. Afterwards, Buddy helps the United States women's national soccer team win the FIFA Women's World Cup in a penalty shootout against Norway.


Film location[edit]

Shooting took place in Vancouver. The soccer field and red brick buildings in the background are part of Shaughnessy Elementary School.


Air Bud: World Pup was released directly to DVD and VHS on December 12, 2000 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.[1] Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment continued its line of Air Bud Special Edition DVDs with the release of Air Bud: World Pup Special Edition on June 16, 2010.[2]

Mill Creek Entertainment reissued the film on January 14, 2020 on a 2-disc boxset also containing other Air Bud films owned by Air Bud Entertainment.[3]

All five Air Bud films, including World Pup, arrived on Disney+ on October 1, 2023.[4]


Michael Scheinfeld from Common Sense Media gave the film four stars out of five, saying the film "has a big heart and positive values involving sharing, cooperation, and friendship, but it never gets preachy or sappy".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Air Bud: World Pup DVD Review (Special Edition)". Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Air Bud: World Pup DVD Release Date June 15, 2010". Retrieved 4 July 2020 – via
  3. ^ "Air Bud Collection".
  4. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (September 29, 2023). "The Air Bud Movies Are Coming to Disney+ — Whether John Oliver Likes It or Not". TVLine. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  5. ^ "Air Bud: World Pup - Movie Review". 9 September 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  1. ^ Under Walt Disney Home Video imprint.

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