Air Buddies

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Air Bud's adorable talking pups to the rescue.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Positive messages of teamwork and family bonds, both within canine and human families. Broadly drawn adult villains are punished, and a bratty kid is transformed through a puppy's love. Eruptions of dog gas are played for laughs throughout the movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite some questionable behavior in the beginning the frisky puppies are still too cute to be bad. Plus, they help teach humans some important lessons about love too.

Violence & Scariness

A threatening villain physically and verbally bullies his henchmen, who are also suspended and pelted with snack food by a dog-loving motorcycle gang.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A puppy falls into a wine vat and, inebriated, is the only one to get captured during one chase.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD movie in the Air Bud series shows puppy siblings working together to support one another while they try to rescue their parents from a villain. Puppies, and eventually their child owners, are imperiled by bungling henchmen. A threatening-looking wolf turns out to be a helper to the lost pups.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe October 6, 2010
Definitely for younger viewers, but the puppies are just tooooo cute! Kinda slow at points but young children won't notice.
Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Air Buddies

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): None. Violence (Pause): Some physical bullying and slapstick. Language (Not an Issue): None. Social Behavior (On): Promotes teamw... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrainwolf_thunder June 22, 2015

Ok

Good enough storyline, cute pups, but boring at times and too much potty humor. Why does everyone think that potty humor is all kids find funny? It's gross... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 25, 2014

What's the story?

In yet another sequel to the movie Air Bud, AIR BUDDIES follows the adventures of Buddy and Molly's five frisky offspring, who have inherited their doggy parents' ability to talk. Working together to outwit an evil villain who wants to kidnap their famous father, the puppies learn lessons about teamwork and their special ability to help the new owners who have been chosen for each of them. Puppy siblings Budderball (voiced by Josh Flitter), Rosebud (Abigail Breslin), Bud-dha (Dominic Scott Kay), B-Dawg (Skyler Gisondo), and MudBud (Spencer Fox) live with Buddy's owner Noah and his family. The puppies' shenanigans have their human parents thinking that they're ready to go to their new "forever" homes, but the puppies aren't so sure; they get wind of the plan and run away. When Molly and Buddy go in search of their pups, they cross paths with an animal kidnapper who's agreed to capture Buddy for a rich man with a spoiled, bratty son. It's puppies to the rescue, of course. As they follow the trail to Molly and Buddy, they must stay ahead of two bungling henchmen and get past a threatening-looking wolf (Michael Clark Duncan). Bravery and teamwork help the puppies save the day, and along the way the five realize that they are ready to go to their new families.

Is it any good?

The story is fairly predictable and the humor slapstick, so older kids will probably lose interest along the way. But younger dog lovers are sure to enjoy the puppy antics and the DVD's special features, which include a segment called "Train Your Dog to Be a Star" and in-depth Puppy Profiles for each of the five main characters.

For some reason, the animation technique used to bring talking dogs to the screen was breed-specific: Chatting golden retrievers seem completely believable, and the wolf was suitably threatening, but the talking Basset Hound, Deputy Sniff (Don Knotts), looked jerky and fake -- perhaps it was the jowls? Overall, human and canine performances alike are solid, though the villain's accent veers from German to Cockney to the Bronx and ends up somewhere in Holland.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the puppy siblings have strong personalities but come together as a team when there's a problem. How are you and your own siblings (or friends) alike, and how are you different?

  • Have you ever been on a sports team or worked on a class project with

  • someone very different from you, and if so, how did you get along?

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