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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 comedy 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 movie opens in the year 1937 where Sheriff Jim and others from the town of Fernfield set off to the manor of Warwick the Warlock. Warwick has kidnapped five puppies so he can sacrifice them to the Halloween Hound, an evil hellhound who can open a portal to ghosts but only if he has the souls of five puppies of the same blood. One of the puppies, Pip, belongs to a young boy named Joseph. As the mob prepares to storm the manor, the hound kills Pip's siblings, but Pip escapes. Warwick chases him and grabs him just as the mob enters. The Warlock manages to escape just as dawn approaches. Thus, when the hound tries to kill Pip he fails and Pip turns to stone and becomes a ghost. Jim and Deputy Tracker surround Warwick; however, he jumps in the mirror and escapes.
75 years later, the Buddies are on a school trip to Warwick's manor with their owners, Alice, Billy, Pete, Sam and Bartleby. When the class go to the graveyard to see Deputy Tracker'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 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 History project and decides to do it on Warwick the Warlock. With the help of Sheriff Dan, Billy borrows Warwick's evidence file and staff. Billy's mother, Janice, buys Billy his costume for trick-it-treating, which is a Christmas Story-esque bunny suit, having 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, Rodrick and Skip, who had scared the class earlier on during the trip, go explore the manor. They witness the release of Warwick and the Halloween Hound who step out of the mirror. Warwick thinking that Rodrick and Skip released them, turns them into obese 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. As he is searching the streets, he believes that the town is already taken over as everyone is dressed up for Halloween. He sends the Halloween Hound to find the Buddies, who ask for help from a sorceress dog named Zelda. It is here that Pip explains she is not trying to hurt them, but to warn them the Halloween Hound is coming. After using a spell to return her to her body, the Hound finds them and turns Sniffer and Zelda to stone. The kids are running from Warwick and hide in the Halloween party where Warwick finds his staff. They are rescued by Mr. Johnston (who is actually Pip's owner).
Warwick takes the pups hostage in his manor and says that if the book isn't returned, he will kill them. The Buddies have a daring escape from Warwick the Warlock. After escaping, the Buddies run from the Hound who has turned Pip to stone and opened the portal. The evil spirits who've escaped the mirror turn everyone in the town into zombies. Meanwhile, Hoot decides to stop and leave but is also turned to stone by the Hound. Warwick steals his book back and shoots his staff at Mr. Johnston.
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. He reads the spell which returns the evil spirits and undoes the hounds evil, such as turning people into stone. Mr Johnston destroys the staff to prevent Warwick from coming back.
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.
At the end, the "secret buddy" can be seen in the corner of the screen, his name being Nigel Dog.
- Harland Williams as Warwick Davis
- Rance Howard as Mr. Joseph Johnston
- 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 young Joseph
- Dylan Sprayberry as Rodney
- G. Hannelius as Rosebud
- Skyler Gisondo as B-Dawg
- Charles Henry Wyson as Buddha
- Josh Flitter as Budderball
- Ty Panitz as Mudbud
- Frankie Jonas as Pip, a Beagle puppy
- Debra Jo Rupp as Zelda, a Chinese Crested Dog
- Diedrich Bader as Halloween Hound, an English Mastiff
- 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".
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