Characters by Paul Tamasy Aaron Mendelsohn Kevin DiCicco
Slade Pearce Trevor Wright Christian Pikes Paul Rae
Abigail Breslin Michael Clarke Duncan Don Knotts
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
December 12, 2006
Air Buddies is a 2006 live-action/CGI direct-to-video family adventure comedy film distributed by Disney Home Entertainment. It's a spin-off of the then-popular Air Bud franchise.
It seems to be more of a reboot than an actual spin-off. For instance, all the animals talk, Buddy seems to have lost his pups in favor of the Buddies, and Josh is already in college (even though he's 12 in the original Air Bud).
In fact, it doesn't follow the previous five Air Bud films at all.
It started the trend of live-action speaking-animal movies.
Sexism against Rosebud's character.
Excessive gross-out humor, like Budderball farting when his paw is pulled.
Badly executed CGI for the animals.
Even the voice-actors sound like they're having a bad time!
It spawned 6 sequels from 2008 to 2013, 4 extra sequels in another franchise set in the Air Bud universe (Pup Star) from 2016 to 2018, and a TV show that's ongoing. (Pup Academy) One of the sequels even spawned a direct sequel.
Some good humor, an example being the scene where the Buddies "disguise" themselves as piglets.
It surprisingly has a good moral. The movie teaches the importance of family.