Air Bud (series)

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Air Bud
Directed by Charles Martin Smith (1)
Richard Martin (2)
Bill Bannerman (3)
Robert Vince (4, 614)
Mike Southon (5)
Produced by Robert Vince (114)
Anna McRoberts (414)
Keven Kasha (45)
Michael Strange (15)
Anne Vince (15)
Ian Fodie (23)
William Vince (12)
Bob Weinstein (1)
Harvey Weinstein (1)
Written by Kevin DeCicco (19)
Paul Tamasy (19)
Aaron Mendelsohn (19)
Robert Vince (314)
Anne Vince (36)
Mike Whiting (3)
Sara Sutton (4)
Stephanie Isherwood (4)
Anna McRoberts (45, 714)
Phil Hanley (68)
Music by Brahm Wenger
Keystone Entertainment (1997–2003) Key Pix Productions (2006–present)
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release dates
Country United States
Language English

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.[1] The franchise began in 1997 with the theatrical release of Air Bud, followed by the theatrical release of Air Bud: Golden Receiver in 1998.[1][2] 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.[2]

As of now, 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.

Air Bud films[edit]

  1. Air Bud (1997) – Josh meets an abused Golden Retriever and finds out that he can play basketball.[3]
  2. Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) – Josh's Golden Retriever learns to play football.[4]
  3. Air Bud: World Pup (2000) – Josh and Emma discover that Buddy's ballplaying skills apply to soccer.[5]
  4. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) – Buddy makes the baseball team and becomes a star player.[6]
  5. Air Bud Spikes Back (2003) – Buddy tackles volleyball.[7]

Air Buddies films[edit]

The Air Buddies films are considered spin-offs of the original series, focusing on Buddy's puppies, and were all direct-to-video releases.

  1. Air Buddies (2006) – Buddy and Molly's offspring work together to help each other while attempting to rescue their parents.
  2. Snow Buddies (2008) – The offspring of Buddy and Molly go on an Alaskan adventure.[8]
  3. Space Buddies (2009) – The Buddies tag along for a field trip to the space museum and accidentally walk aboard a rocket ship.[9]
  4. Santa Buddies (2009) – The Buddies help deliver the presents on Christmas Eve.
  5. Spooky Buddies (2011) – The Buddies are in a new adventure when Halloween hits Fernfield.
  6. Treasure Buddies (2012) – The Buddies find themselves on an Indiana Jones style adventure.[10][11]
  7. Super Buddies (2013) – After acquiring rings that grant them superpowers, the Buddies must use them to stop a villain.

Spin-off series[edit]

Santa Paws[edit]

The Santa Paws series is a spin-off of the Air Buddies series, and The Search for Santa Paws is a prequel to Santa Buddies.

  1. The Search for Santa Paws (2010) – When Santa is in trouble, Paws has to save Christmas with the help of some friends.[12]
  2. 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[edit]

Characters Air Bud Film Series Buddies Film Series Santa Paws Film Series
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 Spooky Buddies Treasure Buddies Super Buddies The Search for Santa Paws Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Buddy Air Buddy Various Golden Retriever dog actors Tom Everett Scott (voice)  
Molly   Various Golden Retriever dog actors   Molly Shannon (voice)  
B-Dawg   Skyler Gisondo (voice) Shawn Kavanaugh (voice)  
Buddha   Dominic Scott Kay (voice) Jimmy Bennett (voice) Field Cate (voice) Aramis Knight (voice) 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) Jonathan Morgan Heit (voice) Ty Panitz (voice)  
Rosebud   Abigail Breslin (voice) Liliana Mumy (voice) G. Hannelius (voice)  
Josh Framm Kevin Zegers  
Jackie Framm (Sullivan) Wendy Makkena Cynthia Stevenson Chilton Crane Cynthia Stevenson  
Andrea Framm   Alyson MacLaren Caitlin Wachs Katija Pevec  
Dr. Patrick Sullivan   Gregory Harrison Dale Midkiff Richard Karn Alf Humphreys Richard Karn  
Norm Snively Michael Jeter  
Sheriff Bob   Patrick Cranshaw  
Sniffer   Don Knotts (voice)   Tim Conway (voice)  
Shasta   Dylan Sprouse  
Billy   Wallace Shawn  
Belinda   Debra Jo Rupp  
  • Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wolk, Josh (April 3, 1998). "Air Bud". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Finley, Adam (February 24, 2006). "Air Bud is Coming Back". AOL Moviefone. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Air Bud (1997)". Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Air Bud: Golden Receiver". Fandango. Fandango. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Air Bud: World Pup Plot Summary and Details". AOL Moviefone. AOL Moviefone. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch". New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tyner, Adam (24 June 2003). "Air Bud Spikes Back". DVD Talk. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kho, Nancy (December 20, 2010). "Snow Buddies". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ Orange, B. Alan (February 6, 2009). "Space Buddies DVD". MovieWeb. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "TREASURE BUDDIES Straight to DVD Feature". Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ Katz, Josh (November 4, 2011). "Treasure Buddies Blu-ray". Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ Herman, Joly (November 23, 2010). "The Search for Santa Paws". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 

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