Follow TV Tropes


Film / Air Buddies

Go To
Air Buddies is a series of direct-to-DVD movies produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The series is a sequel/spin-off series to Disney’s Air Bud movie series.

The movies are about Golden Retriever Air Bud's five puppies: Budderball, B-Dawg, Buddha, Mudbud and Rosebud, who all go out together on a crazy adventure. Unlike the original Air Bud series, however, in this movie series, the animals talk.

The films in the Air Buddies franchise are as follows:


These movies provide examples of these tropes:

  • Adult Fear: The idea of your pups gone missing from home.
    • Anytime the Buddies run away from their home.
    • When the families and police await word on the Buddies, all poor Buddy and Molly can do is sit and worry about their missing children.
  • In Snow Buddies, Shasta's parents drowned during what was suppose to be a simply dog racing competition, leaving him orphaned.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Averted. The biker gang looks rough, but they're just sitting down enjoying a screening of 101 Dalmatians when the Buddies come in and they go complete Cuteness Proximity over them.
  • Animal Talk: The Buddies can communicate with other animals besides other dogs, including pigs, birds, horses and mice.
  • Big "NO!": Budderball says this in Super Buddies when Captain Canine dies.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Budderball's catchphrase is "Oh, sweet mama!"
    • B-Dawg has several catchphrases.
    • Rosebud's catchphrase is "Girl Power!"
  • Chase Scene: Almost every scene in the films gas the Buddies running to rescue someone, running from the bad guys or running away from their adoptive parents due to a misunderstanding.
  • Also Bartelby's grandpa in Super Buddies.
  • Covers Always Lie: On the Air Buddies posters, B-Dawg is seen wearing sunglasses. However, he does not wear them at all in the movies.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Search For Santa Paws opens up with Santa Claus mourning the loss of a friend, one of the characters saying how they're sterile, and the obligatory Orphanage of Fear. And that's just the beginning of the movie!
  • Demoted to Extra: Buddy, the star of Air Bud, was demoted to a smaller role in these movies. While he and Molly did have good-sized roles in Air Buddies and Snow Buddies, they are more AWOL in the other films.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Unlike Stan Cruge, Ms. Stout is given no Freudian Excuse for why she hates Christmas. She just does.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Deputy Sniffer is somewhat like this.
  • The Dog Bites Back: From ''Snow Buddies' 'Jean George' (The villain) almost constantly verbally abusing his huskies and everybody else and he also has self righteous attitude that gave him the impression that he can get away with anything not to mention the fact that he left his huskies for dead twice, once in the snow storm on day two of the race and then he left them to drown when the ice on the lake gave out under them so they turned on him in retaliation in the end mainly because they've had enough of him.
  • Foreshadowing: In Santa Buddies, when Puppy Paws wishes Christmas would go away, Santa Paws tells him that's a terrible thing to say. This is a foreshadowing to its spin-off prequel, Santa Paws 2, when that wish is actually granted, then Hilarity Ensues.
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: Ms. Stout from The Search for Santa Paws. She not only confiscates any toys or Christmas decorations she finds, she also incinerates them in the furnace.
  • Gasshole: Budderball has a habit of passing gas every time someone pulls his paw.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Rosebud is a fashion freak who loves all things pink but gets into occasional mischief with her brothers, is very feisty and outspoken, and plays soccer which is a traditionally masculine sport.
  • The Grinch: Stan Cruge from Santa Buddies and Ms. Stout from The Search for Santa Paws. Only Cruge gets better.
  • Odd Name Out: B-Dawg is the only one of the Buddies that doesn't have "Bud" in his name. (Although it could be argued that the "B" stands for "Bud" or "Buddy".)
    • The Buddies' owners names are Sam, Alice, Pete, Billy, and... Bartleby?
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In some movies, Rosebud is wearing something pink in contrast to her brothers just to indicate where she is amongst the group.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Rosebud wears pink in every film and she is very feminine.
  • Plucky Girl: Rosebud is feisty and adventurous and is protective of her brothers when they are in peril. Her signature catchphrase **”Girl Power!”** adds more to her spunkiness.
  • Punny Name: All five of the Buddies have a name that relates to their personality and is a pun on the word "Bud" from their father Buddy.