Air Bud: World Pup
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Air Bud: World Pup (also known as Air Bud 3 in most other countries) is a 2000 made-for-video American comedy film directed by Bill Bannerman. The third film in the Air Bud series, it was the first to be filmed without Buddy, the canine star of the first two films; Buddy died after production of the previous film, Golden Receiver. World Pup was the first film in the Air Bud series not to be released theatrically in the U.S., opting to only be released on video; however, it was played in Philippine theaters for a limited time.
|Air Bud: World Pup|
DVD cover art
|Directed by||Bill Bannerman|
|Produced by||Ian Fodie|
|Written by||Mike Whiting|
by Paul Tamasy
Brittany Paige Bouck
|Music by||Brahm Wenger|
|Edited by||Kelly Herron|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Video|
|December 12, 2000|
Teenager Josh Framm's mother, Jackie, has just married her veterinarian boyfriend, Dr. Patrick Sullivan (Dale Midkiff). Josh and his best friend, Tom Stewart (Shayn Solberg), just made their school's soccer team when their coach reveals that their team will become co-ed. Josh meets Emma Putter, an attractive, wealthy girl who just moved to Fernfield from England after her mother's death, who will not only be playing on his soccer team, but also has a golden retriever named Molly, who Buddy also finds attractive. Emma invites Josh to a party at her house and Tom arrives dressed up like a British soldier and looking quite silly wearing a kilt. At the same time, things work out between Buddy and Molly and they become infatuated on the second floor in Emma's house, all the while, Josh's sister, Andrea Framm (Caitlin Wachs) and her best friend, Tammy (Chantal Strand), want to scope out what's really going on at the party. Molly quickly has puppies with Buddy. Next, it is discovered that Buddy also has the uncanny ability to play soccer. However, the soccer committee decided on the recommendation of chairman Jack Stearns to ban the Timberwolves from the soccer league all because they had Buddy on their team.
The Timberwolves were given two options: either remove Buddy from their team or remove their team from the league (either way, the Springbrook Spartans, the team Jack serves as coach of, would have rectified their 3-1 loss to the Timberwolves). Knowing Buddy was the star player, they naturally quit the league. When Jack's son, Spartans all-star captain Steve Stearns, learns that the Timberwolves have been banned from the league, he's outraged and confronts his father, leading to Jack calling Timberwolves coach Montoya and informing him that, after careful consideration, the committee had a change of heart and the Timberwolves were back in the league. Buddy has a uniform and is on the roster, leading Josh's soccer team to the state championship against the Spartans. However, trouble ensues when Buddy and Molly's six newborn puppies are kidnapped by a man called Snerbert (Martin Ferrero), who wants to sell them for whippets. Once they are caught by Josh, Andrea and Emma, Snerbert's assistant, Webster (Don McMillan), the butler Emma's father, Geoffrey (Duncan Regehr), hired to help care for Molly during her pregnancy, threw Snerbert under the bus by revealing the motive for the kidnapping: Snerbert wanted to get rich, while Webster just wanted a puppy, something he always wanted since childhood. Webster subsequently offers to drive Andrea, Josh, Emma and Buddy to the stadium, which the Timberwolves were losing because Emma, Josh and Buddy were missing, while an army of dogs stayed behind to make sure Snerbert didn't try to go anywhere. The Timberwolves subsequently win the championship thanks to a game-winning goal by Buddy. Afterwards, Buddy helps the United States women's national soccer team win the FIFA Women's World Cup in a penalty shootout against Norway .
- Kevin Zegers - Josh Framm
- Martin Ferrero - Snerbert
- Dale Midkiff - Dr. Patrick Sullivan
- Caitlin Wachs - Andrea Framm
- Chilton Crane - Jackie Framm-Sullivan
- Brittany Paige Bouck - Emma Putter
- Shayn Solberg - Tom Stewart
- Miguel Sandoval - Coach Montoya
- Chantal Strand - Tammy
- Duncan Regehr - Geoffrey Putter
- Briana Scurry - Herself
- Alexander Ludwig - Cameo
- Don McMillan - Webster
The movie was released directly to DVD and VHS on December 12, 2000 by Walt Disney Home Video. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment continued its line of Air Bud Special Edition DVDs with the release of Air Bud: World Pup Special Edition on June 16, 2010. The special edition includes a play-by-play action exclusive Sports Channel by the Buddies (the pups of Air Bud), led by Budderball.