Air Bud (series)
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||Air Bud (1997)|
Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
The Air Bud film series (also known as Air Buddies or Disney Buddies) is an American film franchise based on a sports-playing Golden Retriever named Buddy, portrayed by Air Buddy. The franchise began in 1997 with the theatrical release of Air Bud, followed by the theatrical release of Air Bud: Golden Receiver in 1998. Following the box office failure of Golden Receiver, the rest of the films in the series were released in direct-to-video form. The Air Buddies or Disney Buddies spin-off series began in 2006 with the release of Air Buddies and it focuses on the adventures of Buddy's talking Golden Retriever puppies.
Disney Buddies is one of the top direct-to-DVD franchises, just behind Disney Fairies at $300 million, with the first 12 films grossing $220 million by March 2014. As of now, there are fourteen movies in the franchise, including five in the Air Bud series, seven in the Air Buddies series, and two Christmas spin-offs of the Air Buddies series.
Kevin DiCicco's golden retriever Buddy was featured on "America's Funniest Home Videos" and David Letterman's "Stupid Pet Tricks". He then (in 1991), approached the independent production company Keystone Entertainment to produce Air Bud, a film based on Buddy. He also formed his production company, Air Bud Productions, that year. Disney's Miramax was brought on as the distribution company. Buddy had his leg amputated. Keystone indicated that no sequel was planned. The film did well in the home video market.
By April 1998, DiCicco and Robert Vince, the film's producer at Keystone, had a falling out. As Keystone and Vince had gone forward with a sequel, Air Bud: Golden Receiver, without DiCicco. Also, DiCicco claimed he was not paid anything for the first film and that he owns the Air Bud rights (based on the name of this production company name). DiCicco bred three offspring of Buddy and trained them for sports like Buddy. The puppies were signed to an endorsement deal by DiCicco for Milk-Bone dog biscuits for puppies. He intended to make his own sequel, Air Bud: The Next Generation, which was scheduled to start production in the fall of 1999. The concept was a "cross between Ferris Bueller and Home Alone".
In December 2011, Disney and William Morris Agency were sued over its Santa Paws movies as being unauthorized copies of their Santa Paws movies. The plaintiffs Ray Harter, Richard Kearney and Ed Corno, claimed they are based on their 1991 copyrighted script entitled, Santa Paws: The Story of Santa's Dog.
Air Bud series
- Air Bud (1997) – Josh meets an abused Golden Retriever and finds out that he can play basketball.
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) – Josh's Golden Retriever learns to play American football.
- Air Bud: World Pup (2000) – Josh discovers that Buddy's ballplaying skills apply to soccer.
- Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) – Buddy makes the baseball team and becomes a star player.
- Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003) – Buddy tackles volleyball.
Air Buddies series
The Air Buddies films are considered spin-offs of the original series, focusing on Buddy's puppies, and were all direct-to-video releases.
- Air Buddies (2006) – Buddy and Molly's offspring work together to help each other while attempting to rescue their parents.
- Snow Buddies (2008) – The offspring of Buddy and Molly go on an Alaskan adventure.
- Space Buddies (2009) – The Buddies tag along for a field trip to the space museum and accidentally walk aboard a rocket ship.
- Santa Buddies (2009) – The Buddies team up with Puppy Paws, the son of Santa Paws, to end the melting of a magical icicle threatening Christmas Eve.
- Spooky Buddies (2011) – The Buddies are in a new adventure when Halloween hits Fernfield.
- Treasure Buddies (2012) – The Buddies find themselves on an Indiana Jones style adventure.
- Super Buddies (2013) – After acquiring rings that grant them superpowers, the Buddies must use them to stop a villain.
Santa Paws films
The Santa Paws are prequels to Santa Buddies.
- The Search for Santa Paws (2010) – When Santa is in trouble, Paws has to save Christmas with the help of some friends.
- Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012) – When the Christmas spirit begins to disappear, Mrs. Claus and the Santa Pups must race to save Christmas around the world.
Cast and characters
- Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.
|Credited as||Air Bud series||Spin-offs|
|Air Buddies series||Santa Paws series|
Seventh Inning Fetch
Here Comes Santa Paws
|The Search for
|Santa Paws 2:|
The Santa Pups
|Robert Vince||Ian Fodie||Anna McRoberts,|
|Story by||Robert Vince|
|Composer(s)||Brahm Wenger||Brahm Wenger,
|Cinematographer||Mike Southon||Cyrus Block||Steve Adelson||Mike Southon||Kamal Derkaoui||Mike Southon||Kamal Derkaoui||Mark Irwin||Kamal Derkaoui||Mark Irwin|
|Editor(s)||Alison Vince||Bruce Lange,
|Kelly Herron||Jason Pielak||Kelly Herron|
|Production companies||Walt Disney Pictures,
|Walt Disney Pictures,
|Fetch Boy Films Ltd.,
Ruff Productions Inc.
|Keystone Family Pictures,
|Distribution||Buena Vista Pictures Distribution||Walt Disney Home Entertainment|
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