Air Bud, also known as Buddy, is a golden retriever and the titular protagonist of the series of the same name. He plays a different sport in each film (basketball, football, soccer, baseball, and volleyball, respectively). In Air Bud: World Pup, he becomes the father of five puppies: Budderball, B-Dawg, Buddha, MudBud, and RoseBud, though none of them are given actual names until the first Air Buddies movie. Air Bud only appeared in the first two films of those series.
Air Bud films
The first two films in the franchise were released in theaters, while later entries were direct-to-DVD releases.
- Air Bud (1997) - Josh meets a golden retriever and finds out that he can play basketball.
- Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) - Josh's golden retriever learns to play football.
- Air Bud: World Pup (2000) - Josh and Emma discover that Buddy's ball-playing skills apply to soccer.
- Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) - Buddy makes the baseball team and becomes a star player.
- Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003) - Buddy tackles volleyball.
Air Buddies films
Air Bud has a less important role in Air Buddies and Snow Buddies. The films were all straight-to-DVD (later Blu-ray) releases, except for the first film that remains a DVD only release.
- Air Buddies (2006) - Buddy and Molly were dognapped by Grim and Denning for Selkirk's greedy purposes. It's up to the buddies (and other animals) to come to the rescue.
- Snow Buddies (2008) - Sadly, his final appearance. Buddy and Molly go to Alaska to find their puppies.
- Santa Buddies (2009) - Although he does not appear at all, he is briefly mentioned (though not by name) by B-Dawg at the start of Santa Buddies.