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, unlike in the original film, where Buddy is silent, 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, as instead of the pups trying out for basketball, it’s just the puppies going on adventures.
- It pretty much started the trend of live-action speaking-animal movies, due to the massive popularity of the franchise and the increase of sales the franchise received.
- Like Teen Titans Go!, the film even has sexism, in a film for kids, as sexism is against the character of Rosebud.
- Excessive gross-out humor, like Budderball farting when his paw is pulled, which is even cliched for a fart joke.
- Badly executed CGI for the animals and the mouth, which looks very uncanny, though decent when compared to other movies.
- Terrible and bland voice acting that even the voice-actors sound like they're having a bad time! Especially Abigail Breslin’s.
- Quantity over Quality, the film 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 ran for 2020. (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.
- The Buddies themselves are admittedly cute, and their designs suit their personalities perfectly.
- However, this does not excuse Disney for mailing the series.
The film received mixed-to-negative reviews from both critics and audiences and holds a 4.6/10 on IMDb.