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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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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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Love Letter
13 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's a love letter written, narrated and produced by Kobe Bryant to the sport he has graced for some years now. He has gotten Glen Keane to direct it, which means to animate it, and Mr. Keane has chosen to animate it as a pencil test. It's a brilliant idea.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a pencil test is usually an intermediate stage in hand-drawn animation: before the inkers and colorists and backgrounders get their hands on the cartoon, the animator (that is to say, the senior animator assigned to direct a portion of a movie) draws several of the shots within a sequence and arranges them as a flip book to test out the motion; should that work, it goes to his assistants to do the interior sequences, to smooth out the details, to ink them in, and so forth. Keane and his assistant have left this at the flip book stage, rendering it an impressionist work, a contemplation of motion and grace, and it works wonderfully. Then they got John Williams to do the score. It's a love letter and what is there not to love?


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