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 (1–14)
Anna McRoberts (4–14)
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 (3–14)
Anne Vince (3–6)
Mike Whiting (3)
Sara Sutton (4)
Stephanie Isherwood (4)
Anna McRoberts (4–5, 7–14)
Phil Hanley (6–8)
|Music by||Brahm Wenger|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
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 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
- Air Bud (1997) – Josh meets an abused 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 are considered spin-offs of the original series, and focus on Buddy's puppies, and they were all direct-to-video releases.
- 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) – After acquiring rings that grant them superpowers, the Buddies must use them to stop a villain.
- 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.
- Russell Madness (2015) was created by Air Bud Entertainment, and follows the story of Russell an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his pet store, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather's pro wrestling arena. That's when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family.
- Monkey Up (2016) was created by Air Bud Entertainment for charity towards the Starlight Children's Foundation and stars Crystal the monkey, famous for appearing in The Hangover Trilogy and the Night at the Museum trilogy "movies as well. The film follows Monty, a talking Capuchin Monkey. He's the face of the energy drink, 'Monkey Up,' but he dreams of becoming the first award-winning monkey movie star. When the greedy owner of Monkey Up has other plans for Monty, the chase is on!
Cast and characters
|Characters||Air Bud Film Series||Buddies Film Series||Santa Paws Film Series|
|Air Bud||Air Bud:
Seventh Inning Fetch
|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)||Ty Panitz (voice)|
|Rosebud||Abigail Breslin (voice)||Liliana Mumy (voice)||G. Hannelius (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)|
|Belinda||Debra Jo Rupp|
- Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.
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