Finally, we come to the biggest (and perhaps darkest) series, rivaling The Land Before Time in terms of sheer reach and popularity. That’s right: the movie about a dog named Buddy that can play basketball has one of the biggest modern movie franchises. There’s the main Air Bud series, which came out between 1997 and 2003 and has our athletic Golden Retriever tackling soccer, baseball, and, yes, even volleyball. Then there’s the even more successful Air Buddies spinoff series, about Buddy’s puppies, which has seven films (and counting) and two Christmas-themed spinoffs. Unfortunately, Air Bud’s legacy is as tragic as it is long-lasting. I won’t go into details here, suffice to say it involves a lot of dogs dying.
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