"World Pup" is the continuation of the "Air Bud" series, those movies about the dog who seems to be able to play any sport that you present him with. The first two movies covered Basketball and Football, and "World Pup" has Buddy and his owner joining a soccer team.
There's also the usual love story and scares added in throughout. Josh falls in love with the girl on his soccer team, and Buddy actually falls in love with another local dog and has puppies - more future sports stars, I suppose. There's even a couple of evil dog catchers to add a little suspense to the story.
There's not a great deal to it, and some of it (such as the dog-stealing subplot) is rather bland. The performances by the leads are actually not bad for this kind of material, though. "World Pup" may prove slightly dull for adults, but children may find this an enjoyable 90 minutes. Average children's fare - passable, but I certainly hope that Air Bud 4: PGA Tour isn't in the works.
VIDEO: "Air Bud" is presented full-frame, and it generally looks pleasing, but doesn't escape some noticable flaws. Sharpness and detail are generally solid, although a few scenes during the film slip into looking slightly soft. The majority of the movie looks fresh and clean, but there are some occasions where a slight amount of shimmer and pixelation are visible. These flaws are not terribly noticable, and not distracting. There didn't seem to be any print flaws - no marks, no scratches. Colors are bright and warm, and although there are some slight flaws, the picture quality is still enjoyable.
SOUND: "World Pup" is presented in Dolby 2.0, and really doesn't offer too much beyond the basics. Much of the audio presentation is dialogue-driven, with the film's corny songs often going in the background. Dialogue is generally clear and easily heard.
MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.
EXTRAS: A short production featurette and "Air Bud's First Music Video". The featurette is promotional, but the interviews may be interesting for kids.
Final Thoughts: "World Pup" may be worth a rental for kids.
The Film C+
Video 85/B = (340/400 possible points)
Audio: 83/B = (332/400 possible points)
Extras: 73/C = (219/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B- = (240/300 possible points)
FILM GRADE: C+
DVD GRADE: C+