Air Bud: Golden Receiver

Last Updated on: May 31st, 2024

Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998 Movie)

“Air Bud: Golden Receiver” is a family sports comedy film released in 1998. It is the second installment in the “Air Bud” film series and a sequel to the original “Air Bud” movie. The film is directed by Richard Martin and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

The story follows the adventures of Buddy, a talented golden retriever who is famous for his incredible basketball skills from the first film. In “Air Bud: Golden Receiver,” Buddy discovers a new talent for playing American football after being recruited by the Fernfield High School football team.

The film explores Buddy’s journey as he becomes the star player of the team, impressing the coach, his teammates, and the local community with his athletic abilities. Throughout the movie, Buddy faces various challenges on and off the field, including rival teams, school bullies, and the risk of being taken away by animal control.

As the team advances to the championship game, Buddy’s role becomes crucial in helping the Fernfield Timberwolves win. The film showcases the power of teamwork, friendship, and the bond between animals and humans.

“Air Bud: Golden Receiver” received mixed reviews from critics but found success among its target audience of children and families. The film’s heartwarming story, positive messages, and the lovable performance of Buddy the dog contributed to its popularity.

Following the success of “Air Bud: Golden Receiver,” the “Air Bud” film franchise continued with several more sequels, including “Air Bud: World Pup,” “Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch,” “Air Bud: Spikes Back,” and “Air Buddies.”

The “Air Bud” series has become a beloved and enduring franchise, known for its heartwarming stories of the bond between animals and humans and its positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and believing in oneself.

Overall, “Air Bud: Golden Receiver” is a family-friendly film that combines sports, comedy, and the charm of Buddy the golden retriever. It continues the legacy of the original “Air Bud” movie and has become a favorite among children and fans of feel-good, uplifting films.

Fun Facts

  • “Air Bud: Golden Receiver” is the second film in the “Air Bud” series, released in 1998. It follows the adventures of Buddy, the sports-playing golden retriever.
  • In this film, Buddy takes up American football, showcasing his incredible athletic abilities on the football field as a wide receiver. The film combines sports and family-friendly entertainment.
  • One interesting statistic is that Buddy, the dog actor, had to catch passes from various actors during filming. Reportedly, the dog had a remarkable success rate in catching footballs, making for some impressive on-screen moments.
Air Bud: Golden Receiver

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1998
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $10.2 million
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  • Tim Conway: Fred Davis
  • Dick Martin: Phil Phil
  • Cynthia Stevenson: Jackie Framm
  • Nora Dunn: Natalya
  • Perry Anzilotti: Popov
  • Shayn Solberg: Tom Stewart
  • Suzanne Ristic: Principal Salter
  • Alyson MacLaren: Andrea Framm


  • Director: Richard Martin
  • Producer: Robert Vance
  • Music: Brahm Wenger

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