Santa Buddies, also known as Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws, is the fourth direct-to-video film in the Buddies spin-off series to the Air Bud series. The film also spawned its own spin-off series with The Search for Santa Paws and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, which act as prequels to younger parts of Santa Paws's life.
When Puppy Paws wishes that there wasn't a Christmas in front of the Christmas Icicle, it starts to crack and causes the North Pole to start to melt. The only thing that will restore it is if Puppy Paws learns the true meaning of Christmas when he travels to Fernfield and meets the Buddies.
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- Santa Claus (first appearance)Template:Green
- Santa Paws (first appearance)Template:Green
- Puppy Paws (single appearance)
- Comet (first appearance)Template:Green
- Eli (first appearance)Template:Green
- Eddy (first appearance)Template:Green
- Elpert (first appearance)Template:Green
- Sheriff Dan
- Deputy Sniffer
- Tiny (single appearance)
- Mikey (single appearance)
- Bob (single appearance)
- Clark (single appearance)
- Alice Finch
- Bartleby Livingstone
- Bubba (single appearance)(no lines)
- Rocky Template:Only mention
- Sam, the dog Template:Only mention
- Bubba's owner (single appearance)(no lines)
- Miles Livingstone (final appearance)(no lines)
- Mrs. Livingstone (single appearance)(no lines)
- James (final appearance)
- Chef (single appearance)
- Mural painter (single appearance)(no lines)
- Hank (single appearance)
- Mikey's mother (single appearance)
- French dog (single appearance)(no lines)
- Japanese boy (single appearance)
- Mexican girl (single appearance)
- North Pole
- Christmas Icicle
- Santa Claus's workshop
- United States
- Virginia Template:Mentioned
- Maryland Template:Mentioned
- New Delhi Template:Mentioned
- Florence Template:Mentioned
- London, England
- Paris, France
- Tokyo, Japan
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Stan Cruge's van
|B-Dawg||Voice of Skyler Gisondo|
|Field Cate||Voice of Buddha|
|Josh Flitter||Voice of Budderball|
|Liliana Mumy||Voice of Rosebud|
|Ty Panitz||Voice of Mudbud|
|Sophia Ludwig||Alice Finch|
|Nico Ghisi||Bartleby Livingstone|
|Michael Teigen||Sheriff Dan|
|Tim Conway||Voice of Deputy Sniffer|
|George Wendt||Santa Claus|
|Tom Bosley||Voice of Santa Paws|
|Zachary Gordon||Voice of Puppy Paws|
|Christopher Lloyd||Stan Cruge|
|Charisse Baker||Mural painter|
|Isabella Montes||Mexican girl|
- The events of Snow Buddies are referenced.
- This is set after the events of The Search for Santa Paws. Though it's unknown whether it's set before, after, or during the events of Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.
- Santa Claus was mentioned as a fictional character in Air Bud.
- This is the least significant appearance of the Buddies' owners.
- Although their appearances aren't explicit, it can be assumed that Bartleby's parents are seen in the flashback concerning Budderball.
- Deputy Dan has been promoted to sheriff.
- On September 14, 2010, Disney Press published this film, along with the first prequel, The Search for Santa Paws, as a two-in-one novel.
- This is the second Christmas-themed film. Snow Buddies was the first one, though the story was mainly about winning a dog-sled race in Alaska. With that in mind, this is the second and last winter-themed Air Buddies film.
- Fernfield Dog Pound looks nothing like it did in Air Bud: World Pup.
- In The Search for Santa Paws and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, Mrs. Claus is introduced, so it's unknown where she is in this film.
- Also, Santa Paws 2 established that Santa Paws had a wife and the Santa Pups as offspring, so it's unclear what happened to them. Otherwise they could be born after the events of Santa Buddies.
- USA: Santa Buddies DVD released on November 2, 2009.