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Dear Basketball (2017)

An animated telling of Kobe Bryant's poem 'Dear Basketball'.

Director:

Glen Keane

Writers:

Kobe Bryant (created by), Brian Hunt (Creative Development)

Star:

Kobe Bryant
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kobe Bryant ... Himself (voice)
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Storyline

On November 29, 2015 Kobe Bryant penned a letter in the Players' Tribune announcing his retirement from basketball at the end of that season. This film is the visualization of that letter, narrated by Kobe, scored by John Williams and animated by Glen Keane. Written by kbvsmj23

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

With his Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball (2017), Kobe Bryant is the first professional athlete and NBA player to be nominated for and win an Academy Award. See more »

Quotes

Kobe Bryant: As a six year old boy deeply in love with you, I never thought the end would come, I only thought of myself running out there.
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Connections

Featured in Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.71 (2018) See more »

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Inspired me, even though I don't care at all for it's subject matter.
1 March 2018 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'DEAR BASKETBALL': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A 6-minute animated short film in which NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for basketball, over his entire 20-year career (dating back to his childhood), through an interview on the eve of his retirement. The short is a depiction of his poem 'Dear Basketball', and it's accompanied with music by legendary film composer John Williams. It was directed by Glen Keane and written by Bryant. I'm not a fan of basketball (or any sport for that matter), and I definitely don't look up to Kobe Bryant. The short is well made though; the animation is beautiful, and the music is of course really powerful and moving. It inspired me, even though I don't care at all for it's subject matter. That's the sign of a good film in my opinion.


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