Adorable Golden Retriever puppies Rosebud, Buddha, Budderball, B-Dawg, and Mudbud return in an epic adventure that takes them farther than they ever dreamed. In a delightful new escapade, the inquisitive pooches travel to the moon in search of a dream, only to realize that what they want is back on earth. Moving at warp speed, dodging asteroids and more, the Buddies and their two new friends, Spudnick, a sweet bull terrier and Gravity, a resourceful ferret, must summon their courage and ingenuity to launch plans for a moon landing and a rocketing trip back home. Will they have the right stuff?
Overflowing with intergalactic action and heart, Space Buddies is an inspiring tale of teamwork, and loyalty that celebrates the journey of life and the friendships made along the way. It's Buddy-loving fun the whole family will enjoy again and again.
Snow Buddies Cast List
Skyler Gisondo (voice)
Josh Flitter (voice)
Field Cate (voice)
Henry Hodges (voice)
Liliana Mumy (voice)
Jason Earles (voice)
Amy Sedaris (voice)
... Bill Wolfson
... Dr. Finkel
Space Buddies is a sequel to Air Buddies and 2008's Snow Buddies. Though the film originates from Air Bud, Buddy does not appear. This one is all about the puppies. The first portion of the film sets up the premise that Buddha and his master have a great interest in space. The kids are going on a field trip and Buddha rounds up the other four puppies to sneak along on the field trip. Somehow the puppies manage to find themselves on the spacecraft on a trip to the moon and back. Therein, the adventures begin.
We weren't overly impressed with Snow Buddies last year because of some of the sophomoric humor, but our children loved it and still talk about it. As a result, they were more than ready to see Space Buddies. Of course, our children once again enjoyed seeing the Buddies in action. We actually found Space Buddies to be more enjoyable than Snow Buddies. There were a few moments in the film that only parents would notice and they didn't take away from the film for the kids. The space theme inspires curiosity in science and space. Also, the special effects were very good even if the actions of the puppies were often unrealistic. Keeping in mind the lower expectations that go with being a direct-to-video release, we found it to be surprisingly good and were happy to have taken the time to watch it with our children. For a more direct comparison, we prefer our kids watch this film over Snow Buddies mostly because the crude humor and sassy attitudes have been greatly toned down here.
Space Buddies was a more than adequate direct-to-video film with solid production values. The DVD included a few extras. The "bloopers" were again mostly footage of the puppies with more voice-over work making up some bloopers, although there are a few real bloopers. The DisneyPedia extra was narrated by the puppies and was a behind-the-scenes featurette that explained elements of filmmaking and special effects. What's nice about this extra is that it targets the film's main audience, children, so it is presented in an simplied and educational way so the kids can understand how elements of the film, like the space scenes, were really done. The last extra Buddy Facts enabled optional pop-ups during the film. Though nothing in-depth, it does provide an alternate viewing of the film for the kids.
Space Buddies DVD Extras:
- Bloopers [~3:00]
- "Dancing in the Moonlight" Music Video with Alyson Stoner
- DisneyPedia: The Buddies Guide To Space Travel
- Buddy Facts: Optional Pop-up facts Buy the Space Buddies DVD Now!
Space Buddies Blu-ray Extras:
- DVD Extras (see above)
- Buddy Finder: Scavenger Hunt
- Disney BD-Live Network: Includes Movie Chat, Movie Mail, Movie Challenge & Disney Movie Rewards Live Buy the Space Buddies Blu-ray Now!