Air Bud

Air Bud

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Director: Charles Martin Smith

Cast: Charles Martin Smith, Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena

     
 

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The heartwarming story of a boy, his dog and a basketball forms the basis of this family comedy from Disney. Snively (Michael Jeter) is an unfunny clown whose appearances at children's parties are usually upstaged by his dog Buddy, who has learned how to shoot a basketball. Snively is tired of being upstaged by the pooch, and he eventually abandons him. Buddy is taken

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The heartwarming story of a boy, his dog and a basketball forms the basis of this family comedy from Disney. Snively (Michael Jeter) is an unfunny clown whose appearances at children's parties are usually upstaged by his dog Buddy, who has learned how to shoot a basketball. Snively is tired of being upstaged by the pooch, and he eventually abandons him. Buddy is taken in by Josh (Kevin Zegers), a shy boy whose father recently died. Josh's mother Jackie (Wendy Makkena) moves them to a small town in Washington, where the naturally withdrawn Josh doesn't quite fit in. Too shy to try out for the basketball team, he instead becomes team manager, and he practices on his own after the team goes home. One night, Josh discovers Buddy that can not only shoot hoops, but he's a better shot than anyone on the team. Coach Barker (Stephen E. Miller), hungry for victory, adds Buddy to the team and soon the dog with game is famous -- just famous enough, in fact, for Snively to return, demanding the return of his pet. Buddy the Dog was spotted by the film's producers shooting baskets on the "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment of The Late Show with David Letterman.

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A dog who can sink jumpers had to end up in a movie sooner or later, and Air Bud might as well be that movie. Jordan he's not, but Buddy the Dog does have an amazing sense of aim, and screenwriters Aaron Mendelsohn and Paul Tamasy cobble together a reasonable enough story to explain it all. But Air Bud is clearly meant for the younger tykes, with its hissable villains (Michael Jeter as the sour clown, overacting; Brendan Fletcher as the loudmouth bully) and its Lassie-like message about the healing power of owning a pet. In other words, hoops fans should look elsewhere if they want some good game action to cheer. However, anyone who was excited to see a movie about a basketball-playing golden receiver in the first place will probably be pleased as pie. Actor Charles Martin Smith (Never Cry Wolf) helms his first big-budget feature effectively enough to have scored modestly at the box office and prompted two sequels to date, which he did not direct. Also leaving the franchise, although not by choice, was the talented pup, who died of cancer shortly after the film's release.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2008
UPC:
0786936791204
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Sales rank:
3,776

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Jeter Norm Snively
Kevin Zegers Josh Framm
Wendy Makkena Jackie Framm
Bill Cobbs Arthur Chaney
Eric Christmas Judge Cranfield
Brendan Fletcher Larry Willingham
Norman Browning Buck Willingham
Jay Brazeau Referee
Stephen E. Miller Coach Joe Barker
Nicola Cavendish Principal Pepper
Shayn Solberg Tom Stewart

Technical Credits
Charles Martin Smith Director
David Chiasson Set Decoration/Design
Abra Edelman Casting
Eric Fraser Art Director
Elisa Goodman Casting
Alison Grace Editor
Kelsey T. Howard Asst. Director
Ruth Huddleston Sound/Sound Designer
James A. Jusko Associate Producer
Aaron Mendelsohn Screenwriter
Mike Southon Cinematographer
Jana Stern Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Strange Executive Producer
Paul Tamasy Screenwriter
Robert Vince Producer
William Vince Producer
Anne Vince Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Brahm Wenger Score Composer
Elizabeth Wilcox Production Designer

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