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|Directed by||Robert Vince|
|Produced by||Anna McRoberts
|Written by||Anna McRoberts
by Paul Tamasy
Jennifer Elise Cox
|Music by||Brahm Wenger|
|Edited by||Kelly Herron|
Key Pix Productions
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
Spooky Buddies is a 2011 Disney direct-to-DVD family film that is part of the Disney Buddies franchise, a series often referred to as the Air Bud and Air Buddies franchise. For the fifth installment in the Air Buddies series, the team has a Halloween adventure in Fernfield. The movie is directed by Robert Vince, produced by Anna McRoberts, and released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a movie download on September 20, 2011.
The Buddies, are on a school trip to Warwick's mansion with their owners, Alice, Billy, Pete, Sam and Bartleby. When the class go to the graveyard to see Pip's memorial stone, Billy finds himself scared of the appearance of the gravedigger, Mr. Johnston. Overhearing that the legend says that if you say 'Halloween Hound' three times in front of Warwick's portal/mirror, you would release the Halloween Hound, B-Dawg, who is a "scaredy cat" tries to overcome his fear by doing the legend. Pip the ghost puppy tries to warn the Buddies, but B-Dawg is terrified by Pip's ghost and accidentally completes the reciting. B-Dawg's owner, Billy hasn't come up with his Halloween projects and decides to do Warwick the Warlock. With the help of Sheriff Dan, Billy borrows Warwick's evidence file and staff. Billy's mum, Janice buys Billy his costume for trick or treating which is a Christmas Story-esque bunny suit, having had misheard him saying, "Hip Hop Rabbit," when he meant "Hip Hop Rapper." Billy goes as Warwick the Warlock and humiliates B-dawg in the bunny outfit. Billy meets up with his friends and the Buddies and they go trick or treating.
Two punks Rodney and Skip, who had scared the class earlier on during the trip go to the mansion to explore. They witness the release of Warwick and the Halloween Hound and Warwick who step out of the mirror. Warwick thinking that Rodney and Skip released them turns them into mice after accusing them of stealing his staff. Warwick learns from his owl assistant, Hoot that his staff is in the hands of Billy. Warwick immediately sets off to search for his staff and spell book.
The Buddies hide in the kitchen where Budderball starts devouring pickled eyeballs. The Halloween Hound finds them and B-dawg comes up with a plan. Just when the Halloween Hound is about to suck out Budderball's soul, B-dawg signals Budderball who farts, releasing out gas, repelling the magic and causing the Halloween Hound to have his own soul sucked out. The kids and Mr. Johnston find Warwick paralyzed after opening the Bible and Billy takes Warwick's staff.
Mr. Johnston is reunited with Pip as well as the kids being reunited with the Buddies. The kids bid goodbye to Mr. Johnston who has located the owners of Pip's brothers and sisters and travels around America to return them. The Buddies bid farewell to Pip who thanks them for helping him defeat Warwick. The film ends with the kids waving goodbye to Mr. Johnston as he drives off with the caravan and the puppies.
- Harland Williams as Warwick the Warlock
- Rance Howard as Mr. Joseph Johnson
- Pat Finn as Mr. Carroll
- Jennifer Elise Cox as Mrs. Frankendude Carroll
- Michael Teigen as Sheriff Dan
- Elisa Donovan as Janice
- Sierra McCormick as Alice
- Skyler Gisondo as Billy
- Sage Ryan as Pete
- Jake Johnson as Sam
- Tucker Albrizzi as Bartleby
- Max Charles as Joseph
- Dylan Sprayberry as Rodney
- Skyler Gisondo as B-Dawg
- Charles Henry Wyson as Buddha
- Josh Flitter as Budderball
- Ty Panitz as Mudbud
- Genevieve Hannelius as Rosebud
- Frankie Jonas as Pip, a Beagle puppy
- Debra Jo Rupp as Zelda, a Chinese Crested Dog
- Diedrich Bader as Halloween Hound, an English Mastiff and the secondary antagonist
- Ryan Stiles as Hoot, a great horned owl
- Tim Conway as Deputy Sniffer
Release and reception
Spooky Buddies was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a movie download on September 20, 2011. The physical release will be produced in two different packages: a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a 1-disc DVD. The movie download will be produced in both standard and high definition. All versions of the release will include an interview by Leo Howard of Disney Channel's Leo Little's Big Show with the character "Rosebud" and a music video for the song "Monster Mash."
Roger Ebert gave it five stars, saying that the movie was "Scarier than The Exorcist." He died a few years later, and some say that he had a heart attack from remembering the ghost puppy in Spooky Buddies.
The movie received 10 Oscars and a standing ovation from US President Barack Obama, who said "This movie was 2 spooky 4 me."
The movie currently holds a 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics agreeing that the film is really "Spooky" and is best watched with your buddies.
Rumor has it that this film's spooky levels reached critical mass which was felt throughout time and space causing every major international dilemma and sparked the beginning of this run on sentence.
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