Air Bud: Golden Receiver is the 1998 sequel to Air Bud. It was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is also the last one to be released theatrically. Outside the United States it was often titled Air Bud 2. It is also the last one to star the original Air Bud, who died of lung cancer in 1998. It is in memory of him.
Several months after Norman Snivley is sent to prison and becoming Buddy's legal owner, Josh Framm (Kevin Zegers), now a teenager, becomes angry when his mother, Jackie, begins dating Dr. Patrick Sullivan, the town's new veterinarian after a couple of failed dates. It all starts when Sullivan innocently tosses Josh's basketball-savvy dog, Buddy, a football one day, and he discovers that Buddy also has an uncanny ability to play the sport of football. Soon enough, Buddy begins playing on Josh's school football team. Meanwhile, two Russian siblings by the names of Natalya and Popov kidnap Buddy in hopes of having him perform as the special attraction in the Russian circus while Josh runs away when Patrick proposes to his mother. His coach finds him and convinces him that just because Patrick is in his life now, he doesn't have to stop loving his father and he returns home, but Patrick is gone and Buddy is missing.
The Timberwolves are forced to play the final game without Buddy and are unable to win. Buddy and the other animals manage to escape and Natalya and Popov are placed into the custody of the Russian embassy after their van falls into a lake following a chase sequence. Meanwhile, Patrick finds Buddy and takes him to the game. With his help, they catch up, but he is tackled and taken out of the game. They are forced to finish it without him and thanks to Josh and Tommy, they win. Later, Josh stops Patrick from leaving and convinces him to stay. They later go to a football game and Buddy sneaks onto the field.
Prior to the film's theatrical release, it was originally rated PG by the MPAA (as seen in the original theatrical trailer). However, by the time the film was released in theaters, it was given a G rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, making it the first Air Bud film to have been designated that rating in the United States.
- Buddy – Himself
- Kevin Zegers – Josh Framm
- Gregory Harrison – Dr. Patrick Sullivan
- Robert Costanzo – Coach Fanelli
- Tim Conway – Fred Davis
- Dick Martin – Phil Phil
- Cynthia Stevenson – Jackie Framm (Josh's Mom)
- Nora Dunn – Natalya
- Perry Anzilotti – Popov
- Shayn Solberg – Tom Stewart
- Suzanne Ristic – Principal Salter
- Alyson MacLaren – Andrea Framm
- Joey Galloway – Himself
- Warren Moon – Himself
- Alex Vlisides – Vice Principal Van Nostrane
Home video release
The film was released to VHS in 1998, and was later released to DVD in 2000. Disney continued its line of Air Bud Special Edition DVDs with the release of Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition on February 2, 2010. The special edition includes a play-by-play action exclusive Sports Channel by the Buddies led by Budderball.
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver at the Internet Movie Database
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver at Rotten Tomatoes
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver at AllRovi
- Cinema Connoisseur review of Air Bud: Golden Receiver
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