I can’t claim to have seen any of the movies in the “Air Bud” series (Air Bud: World Pup, Air Bud: Spikes Back, Snow Buddies and 50 others) but if they’re anywhere near as bad as this latest installment, I’m glad I can’t make that claim.
Here is a rundown of my viewing experience of Space Buddies. My children (target demographic) wanted to see it since they’re enthralled with dogs and space. We started to watch the movie. Within ten minutes, the boys started to get antsy. Soon thereafter they went off to watch SpongeBob, never to return. I wanted to join them — only my power to withstand incredible levels of pain kept me in my seat.
Needless to say, someone from Disney has some explaining to do.
Whereas in the previous films, the dog(s) appeared to be relegated to stupid pet tricks, in Space Buddies, they’ve taken a step forward and can now pilot space craft. That’s right, Buddha (voiced by Field Cate), Budderball (voiced by Josh Flitter), B-Dawg (voiced by Skyler Gisondo), Mudbud (voiced by Henry Hodges) and Rosebud (voiced by Liliana Mumy) are accomplished space travelers! They don’t exactly start the movie out that way but after stowing themselves away aboard a commercial space ship en route to the moon, they don’t have much choice but to use their superior intellect (and, oh yeah, some help from a ferret name Gravity (voiced by Amy Sedaris)) to get themselves back.
As in most films of this nature, there has to be some resolvable conflict too. Here there is an asinine subplot pitting meanie Dr. Finkel (Kevin Weisman) against lead scientist Pi (Bill Fagerbakke). In a power grab, Finkel brazenly attempts to sabotage the mission by incredulously steering the ship into a meteor shower. Pi does little more than look confused for the duration of the movie, like he himself, is a lost puppy.
But truly, what I found was the most annoying aspect of Space Buddies (the morphing of the dog’s mouths as they talked was a close second) was some of the stereotypical caricatures represented by the puppies (and to some extent their owners). B-Dawg talks like a white kid trying, with all his might, to be black. Budderball is a bit on the hefty side, so of course he wants to stuff his face with anything that resembles food. Wasn’t there a time when Disney stood for breaking these kinds of walls down? Where is Pixar when they need them?
I suppose it is my fault for forgetting the times in which we live — shame on me. It is all about profits and trying to get a piece of the pie, no matter how small of a piece it might be. Space Buddies is nothing more than an blatant exercise at filling the company’s coffers with undeserved revenue. Shame on Disney for this.
February 6, 2009 @ 11:08 am AliMustafa
There was the monkeys, now there is the dogs, how cute, now my gf is going to pull me to watch this movie
February 7, 2009 @ 11:18 pm Rick Swift
Just, why? Dude, I can’t believe you reviewed this one, lmao, there are a few on my site that I think, why did I even waste my time on this one? I think you should delete it soon, maybe if it was in 3D it would be an ok excuse, heh. You didn’t review Baby Geniuses did ya?
February 8, 2009 @ 1:40 am General Disdain
I would not have watched it if my kids did not show initial interest in it. Afterwards, I figured if I watched 15-20 minutes of it, I may as well watch the entire movie …
February 8, 2009 @ 2:07 pm Rick Swift
Yea, I felt the same way 20 minutes into Strange Wilderness, man did that movie suck. I was going to write a review on my site and thought, nah, they don’t even rate a review for that shitter of the month.
February 8, 2009 @ 2:36 pm General Disdain
My bizarre, infantile sense of humor liked the bizarre, infantile sense of humor of Strange Wilderness!
February 8, 2009 @ 2:42 pm Rick Swift
Pineapple Express I liked, but Strange Wilderness just didn’t do it for me. Of course the Turkey Scene was amazing, hands down the funniest bit in the film.
December 19, 2009 @ 8:39 am piya
i liked the movie dats it.. no logic behind it..lol
February 18, 2010 @ 3:45 am Kate The Portrait Artist
Come on – it’s a classic – open your minds!!!!
October 12, 2011 @ 5:46 am CharStar25
The Film is flipping amazing and good for the young ones (ooo big for me to say even though i’m 13!) but very good for any aged people that love the facts about space and dogs. my favorite part is where the puppies just float around on the moon!