Space Buddies (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Disney || G - 84 minutes - $34.99 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Robert Vince
Writer(s): Robert Vince & Anna McRoberts (written by)
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Blooper Reel
  • A Buddy Finder
  • Disney-pedia
  • Music Video
  • Trivia Track
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-MA HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Tons of great movie franchises have gone into space like Friday the 13th, Critters, Leprechaun and now, the "Buddie" franchise.

Five different "buddies" (the name the humans and themselves call the group) all live with a family - each with a young member taking care of them. One day, the "humans" take a field trip a space station where the dogs manage to stowaway on and get blasted off into space on the space ship 'Vision'. For a while, the "humans" back home don't know where the "buddies" went, but the "buddies" are enjoying their time in space until they long to go back home. Well, there is simply no way to do this until the mission auto-completes itself. The film is filled with the "buddies" and a new friend, Spudnick, trying to find a way back to earth and do things only humans would be capable of doing.

Let's be honest - this is a kids movie. I have to try and give it some slack because I understand I'm not the target audience for this but I feel embarrassed even for the young ones forced to sit through this. Sprinkled throughout the film is human 'lingo' that is simply cringe-worthy. At one point, the dog who loves to eat food; Budderball, decides to open up a fridge and scream "Where’s the Beef?!?” Now, not a single child will get that joke and unless you lived in the 80's the hit slogan for fast food franchise Wendy's it would be lost on you.

Let's take another example - the same dog once again decides its smart to eat the dehydrated Bean and Cheese burrito being offered on the space ship (Really?!) and asks another dog to "pull his paw". Oh, I get it, the dog is going to fart. Yep, he does. But don't worry - this is a pivotal plot point that actually helps save the "buddies" later on went Budderball is in space and low on fuel. Some other snappy lingo is "Fo-Shizzle", "Oh Snap!", and "One Small Step for Dogs...One giant leap for Dogkind".

With all that said is this film decent kid fodder? Yeah, I can see younger kids enjoying it but there are far better films to have them sit through over and over again.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not a whole lot of Special Features here but I will go ahead and list them for those interested. First up is a Blooper Reel (3 Minutes, HD), A Buddy Finder (Profile 1.1) ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** track which allows you to find little things while watching the film, Disneypedia (13 Minutes; HD), "Dancing in the Moonlight" Music Video (HD), and a Buddy pop-up Trivia Track (Profile 1.1). Wow.

As usual, a BD-Live (Profile 2.0) ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** option is available but at the time of review I can't connect to it. As with most Disney films, you can send out Mail, Chat or play online Trivia games.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Space Buddies is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. For a Direct to video release this looks pretty good. Some of the earlier scenes back on Earth appear way to bright, and every once and a while we get a random shot that is littered with grain. Overall it looks decent and if you can ignore some of the bad CGI when they are walking on the Moon you have an average looking Blu-ray.

Disney has included an English 5.1 DTS MA track for this release. Nearly the entire film is dialog driven unless a snappy Disney pop-hit is blasted through the rear speakers and the only time my sub woofer got a workout is when the space ship was coming back to earth. For a kids movie it’s alright.



.::OVERALL::.

Skip this. Space Buddies has a boring plot that is likely not going to keep younger viewers entertained and any adults forced to watch this will find themselves cringing every few minutes.