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Why "Air Bud" Is The Most Important Sports Movie Of The '90s

Buddy. The end.

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The '90s had its fair share of sports films.

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But nothing can hold a hand (or paw) to the amazing Manifesto Of ALL Things Sports: Air Bud.

Literally in tears thinking about it right now.
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Literally in tears thinking about it right now.

1. Why? Because it stars the '90s television actor/turned box office behemoth himself: Buddy.

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2. As in all great sports movies, the athlete has to have a compelling backstory. Buddy starts off just trying to make ends meet...

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3. .....while frittering away his talent, forced to turn tricks for an evil clown man.

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4. When he escapes, it's like the most INSPIRING thing and you are only FIVE minutes in.

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5. The next time you see Buddy, he is dirty, homeless and eating a trail of pudding cups. It's pretty much rock bottom.

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6. He's practically the ULTIMATE UNDERDOG OF ANY SPORTS MOVIE EVER.

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7. But, he'll overcome because Buddy is filled with the thirst. THE THIRST TO PLAY BASKETBALL.

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8. JUST LOOK AT THAT BALL HANDLING.

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9. And look at how much of a team player he is. Buddy and Josh totally slay that "teammates on and off the court" convention.

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10. Like, did any of the Mighty Ducks give each other baths?

No.
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No.

11. Did Jerry Maguire brush anyone's teeth?

Nope.
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Nope.

12. Did those angels in the outfield go out of their way to actually build those orphan kids homes?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.
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ABSOLUTELY NOT.

13. Through their friendship, Josh discovers that Buddy is the best basketball player on the planet. THAT JUMP SHOT IS PURE MAGIC.

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14. So good that producers probably wanted Buddy to star in Space Jam before that other guy.*

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*You know that Michael Jordan fellow.

15. Seriously, Buddy's skills are so awe-inspiring. They practically bring a whole community together.

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16. Yet, just when he's reached the level of signing contracts with Nike to release "Air Bud" sneakers...

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17. QUINTESSENTIAL SPORTS MOVIE PLOT TWIST.

THE EVIL CLOWN MAN...HE'S BACK.
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THE EVIL CLOWN MAN...HE'S BACK.

18. CAN BUDDY PICK UP THE REMNANTS OF A SHATTERED DREAM? WILL HE PLAY AGAIN?

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19. CAN JOSH AND BUDDY'S RELATIONSHIP WITHSTAND THIS TEST?

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20. ARE THERE ENOUGH PUDDING CUPS?!

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21. Well...

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22. OF COURSE! HE'S AIR BUD: STAR OF THE BEST SPORTS MOVIE OF ALL TIME.

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23. Seriously, you can't ask for anything else out of a sports movie...

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24. OTHER THAN THE BEST '90s SEQUEL EVER?!

And more pudding...a lot more pudding.
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And more pudding...a lot more pudding.

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