Summer of Sports Films: Air Bud

Air Bud illustration by Jeff Schwartzbauer


Air Bud – 1997

Dir: Charles Martin Smith | Starring: Buddy the Dog

Sport: Basketball

Review: A boy finds a dog that can (sort of) play basketball and since there is no rule specifically saying “Dogs can’t play basketball” his team is allowed to use the dog to help them win a Junior High Championship.

There is also a very controversial court ruling on who the rightful owner of the dog is; despite the original owner having the dogs papers the judge decides that possession should be based on whom the dog runs to when called upon. This ruling was decided outside the courtroom on the lawn in front of the courthouse.

“For the underdog in all of us!”


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