|“||Now what did I teach you puppies about teamwork?||„|
|~ Air Bud to his children|
Air Bud, also known as Buddy, is the titular main protagonist of the Air Bud series. He plays a different sport in each film (basketball, football, soccer, baseball and volleyball, respectively). In the third film, he becomes the father of five puppies: Budderball, B-Dawg, Buddha, MudBud and RoseBud, though none of them are given actual names until the first Air Buddies movie. Air Bud only appeared in the first two films of those series and was only mentioned in the third film.
Air Bud films
The first two films in the franchise were released in theaters, while later entries were direct-to-DVD releases.
- Air Bud (1997) – Josh meets a golden retriever and finds out that he can play basketball.
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) – Josh's golden retriever learns to play football.
- Air Bud: World Pup (2000) – Josh and Emma discover that Buddy's ball-playing 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 films
Air Bud has a less important role in Air Buddies and Snow Buddies. The films were all straight-to-DVD (later Blu-ray) releases, except for the first film that remains a DVD only release.
- Air Buddies (2006) – He and Molly were dognapped by Grim and Denning for Selkirk's greedy purposes. It's up to the buddies (and other animals) to come to the rescue.
- Snow Buddies (2008) – Sadly, his final appearance. He and Molly go to Alaska to find their puppies.
- Santa Buddies (2009) – Although he does not appear at all, he is briefly mentioned (though not by name) by B-Dawg at the start of the film.