Cast & Crew
Michael Strange, Anne Vince, Robert Vince and William Vince;
Drected by Richard Martin; Screenwritten by
Paul Tamasy and Aaron Mendelsohn
Children's (US); Rated
G; Running Time - 90 Minutes
Domestic Release Date
August 14, 1998
by DAVID KEYES
to children who wish to see the new Air Bud movie:
don’t. I know you think that the cute golden retriever is
any reason to see movies, and I know you want to see what
tricks he can pull up his sleeve in this type of situation,
but don’t. Re-watch the original.
was a fun and warm movie, as you may remember. Little Josh
moved to a new town, went to a rough school, and had no
friends. Then came the dog, and Josh’s life changed forever.
While he was failing miserably on the basketball team, he
discovered the dog’s great ability to dunk the basketball,
and one day at a big game, he brought him right into the
court. People tried to stop the dog from playing, but it
wasn’t mentioned in the restrictions that he couldn’t. The
team got to the championship, all because of that adorable
there’s a new movie. Josh is grown, and the dog is back,
but this time, it’s football instead of basketball that
needs help. When he happily enters the field, the announcer
of the game notes: "Air Bud has returned." He has, but in
no similar way from the original.
you may not notice this is a different dog. Oh yes, the
original Air Bud has died. As sad as it seems, I hope you
understand that his time to leave the good Earth finally
came. He was a great pooch, and we’ll all miss him. Now,
in the sequel, a similar dog fills his shoes. He has the
same cool moves as you may remember from the first Air
Bud film, but there is two main differences from both
movies. There were moments in the first that made you cry,
made you laugh, and made you happy. Air Bud 2 only
has the ability to make you laugh (occasionally), and nothing
other. There’s no sorrow in story or characterization, and
no real moments of uplifting happiness and joy.
been done before, with great story and whirling characters.
It cannot be done again, especially after seeing the sequel’s
overall impact. Please, PLEASE, just see the original again,
for you and your parents’ sake.
first one made you cry. Part two will make you sigh.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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