• Fri. Mar 31st, 2023

“Air Bud” is a 1997 family comedy film directed by . The film follows the story of a golden retriever named Buddy who has a unique talent for playing basketball. Buddy is found by a young boy named Josh Framm who is struggling to adjust to his new school and life in a small town. Josh takes Buddy in and discovers that he can play basketball, leading to the dog becoming the star player of Josh's school basketball team.

The film was a commercial success and spawned a franchise of sequels and spin-offs. The Air Bud franchise includes movies featuring Buddy playing various sports such as soccer, football, volleyball, and baseball. The franchise also includes a television series and several direct-to-video movies. The popularity of the Air Bud franchise has led to the creation of similar movies featuring talented animals, such as “MVP: Most Valuable Primate” and “Air Buddies”.

Directed by
Produced by Robert Vince
William Vince
Written by Paul Tamasy
Aaron Mendelsohn
Starring Michael Jeter Wendy Makkena Eric Christmas Bill Cobbs Air Buddy
Music by Brahm Wenger
Cinematography Mike Southon
Edited by Alison Grace
Keystone Pictures Buddy Films, Inc.
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (United States)
Malofilm (Canada)
Release date August 1, 1997
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million
Box office $27.8 million

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