Following the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday (January 27, 2020), his studio released his Oscar-winning short "Dear Basketball." Bryant's multimedia production company, Granity Studio, made the Dear Basketball short film available on the dearbasketball.com website and on Vimeo. The Academy Award-winning film was based on a poem that he wrote in 2015 in The Players' Tribune to announce his retirement. It was his wholehearted tribute to the game that he loved. The 5-minute and 22-second short "tells the story of a young boy living out his basketball dream." The film features hand-drawn animation from veteran Disney animator Glen Keane. Keane also directed the short film which features a musical score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams. Kobe himself narrated the short. Keane accepted the Oscar for "Dear Basketball" alongside Kobe Bryant in 2018. "It's through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible." After the Kobe Bryant film won the Oscar for best animated short, it became quite hard to find online. Only a teaser trailer of the short was available on the Granity Studios website as well as dearbasketball.com. As we honor the memory of the late and great Kobe, fans can also watch the Kobe Bryant movie: Kobe Bryant's Muse. The Showtime 2015 documentary is available on various streaming platforms online. Be sure to check out Dear Basketball right here as we remember and pay tribute to one of the all-time greats to ever step foot on the basketball court. Get your tissues ready, you're gonna need them.
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