Air Bud: World Pup is the third in the Air Bud series. This one lives up to the expectations left behind by the first two. Disney does another great job! In this particular movie, Air Bud has 2 amazing thigns happen to him. First, he discovers his talent for soccer; and, he becomes a father for the first time. To begin this movie, Josh's mom marries a veterinarian, and Josh joins the soccer team. He quickly finds out that this team will consist of boys and girls. After practice starts he meets Emma who also has a golden retriever. Her dog is a female named Molly. Molly and Buddy become the parents of an adorable litter of puppies. Buddy also realizes that he's not only good at basketball and football, but also soccer. While everyone is focused on the soccer season, the puppies are kidnapped. Josh, Emma, and Josh's little sister Andrea go on a search for the babies. They do find them, but almost miss the championship game. Of course, in typical Disney fashion, they make it back and win the game!
The introduction to Emma brought back the newness this series needed. We were so excited that Buddy had a girlfriend. Then the introduction of the puppies just made my daughter ooh and ahh over how cute they were. In fact, even years later when we watch this movie, she begs for a golden retriever puppy. It's effects her that strongly. It's also great because in the end one of the "bad guys" ends up showing his "good side." This is a great lesson for today's youth - even if you do make a mistake, you can make amends and not always be a "bad guy."