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Air Bud Details


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 Josh's mother Jackie (Wendy Makkena) moves them to a small town in Washington, where the naturally withdrawn Josh doesn't quite fit in.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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 1, 1997


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


Charles Martin Smith
William Vince
Robert Vince
Paul Tamasy
Aaron Mendelsohn
Mike Southon
Brahm Wenger
Composer (Music Score)
Alison Grace
Elizabeth Wilcox
Production Designer
Eric Fraser
Art Director
James A. Jusko
Associate Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Anne Vince
Executive Producer
David Chiasson
Set Designer
Jana Stern
Costume Designer
Ruth Huddleston
Sound/Sound Designer
Kelsey T. Howard
First Assistant Director
Elisa Goodman
Abra Edelman
James A. Jusko
Production Executive