Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the real-life dog, Buddy, a Golden Retriever. The plot revolves around a 12-year-old boy, Josh Framm. After the death of his father, who has passed on in the crash of a test flight due to a fuel shortage on his plane, Josh moves with his family to Washington State and is too shy to try out for his middle school's basketball team and too shy to make any friends. He practices basketball by himself in a makeshift court that he sets up in a disused allotment. He meets a stray dog named Buddy, a golden retriever who had escaped from his abusive owner, an unsuccessful professional clown named Norman F. Snively who is an alcoholic. Snively had locked Buddy in a transport kennel after causing trouble at a birthday party and was taking him to the dog pound when the kennel fell off the moving truck. Josh soon learns that Buddy has the uncanny ability to play basketball.