Kobe Bryant And Glen Keane – Dear Basketball

From Hollywood Reporter

With animation and a score by two legends — Glen Keane and John Williams, respectively — the five-minute-and-22-second-long film about the L.A. Laker great’s relationship with basketball looks like a formidable contender.

Few, if any, animated shorts have ever had the bona fides of Dear Basketball, a five-minute-and-22-second-long film about Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant‘s life and career that was produced by the hometown hero himself, animated by Disney legend Glen Keane and scored by music legend John Williams. Now, appropriately enough, Kobe and Co. are set to crash the best animated short Oscar race.

Dear Basketball, a tearjerker inspired by the 2015 poem of the same name through which Bryant announced his retirement from the sport (he narrates the film, too), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April — and then, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, had an Oscar-qualifying run at Laemmle’s Claremont 5 cinema in Claremont, Calif., in June.

While virtually anyone who can afford to make a movie and screen it for a week can claim to be Oscar-eligible, the fact is that Dear Basketball actually looks like a formidable contender.

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