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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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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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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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OK, this is gonna be awkward
9 January 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Glen Keane's "Dear Basketball" is Kobe Bryant's ode to passion. It's based on a letter that Bryant wrote detailing his retirement from the game and looking at how he first got into the game. Without a doubt, Kobe Bryant knew where his passion and talent were.

Now for the unpleasant part. In 2003, sexual harassment charges against Bryant arose. The 90th Academy Awards were supposed to address sexual harassment in the wake of the Me Too movement...and Kobe Bryant STILL won an Oscar! (for the record, Glenn Close still doesn't have one). Criminy!

On its own, the short is worth seeing, understanding that the man behind it is a creep.


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