Dear Basketball

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Dear Basketball
Directed byGlen Keane
Produced byGennie Rim
Written byKobe Bryant
Narrated byKobe Bryant
Music byJohn Williams
  • Believe Entertainment Group
  • Kobe Inc.
  • Glen Keane Productions [1]
Release date
Running time
5 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dear Basketball is a 2017 American animated short film written and narrated by Kobe Bryant and directed and animated by Glen Keane, with music by John Williams. The film is based on a letter Kobe Bryant wrote to The Players' Tribune on November 29, 2015 announcing his retirement from basketball.[2][3]

It was distributed online through go90.[4] The animation, which carries the same name as Kobe's retirement letter, was made in partnership with Granity Studios and Believe Entertainment Group.[5] The short film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards, marking the first time an NBA player has won this award, as well as the first Oscar win for Keane, a veteran Disney animator.[6]


On the eve of his retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA); Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child. From his youthful dreams of glory to his 20-year career, Bryant describes how basketball and he have given each other all they had while Bryant was in his prime.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 75% based on 12 reviews.[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Result
Academy Awards March 4, 2018 Best Animated Short Film Won[9][10]
Annie Award February 3, 2018 Best Animated Short Subject Won
Sports Emmy Award[11] May 9, 2018 Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design Won

The short was included in The animation Showcase world touring screening 2017.

Dear Basketball won Best Traditional Animation and Special Jury Award at the 2017 World Animation Celebration International Film Festival held at Sony Pictures Animation.[12]


  1. ^ "Dear Basketball -- The Webby Awards". Retrieved Jul 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Wolff, Ellen. "Kobe Bryant Assembles His Animated Dream Team for 'Dear Basketball'". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ Bryant, Kobe. "Dear Basketball". The Players' Tribune. The Players' Tribune, Inc. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ Wagner, Gretchen. ""Dear Basketball," Assembled by Legendary Team of Creators, Premieres on Verizon's go90". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved Jul 11, 2019.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "90th Academy Award Animated Short Film Nominees". The Oscars 2018. Disney Enterprises, Inc. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Dear Basketball: Short Film (Animated) - Oscar Nominees 2018". The Oscars 2018. Disney Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Dear Basketball (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Kobe's 'Dear Basketball' wins Academy Award". Mar 5, 2018. Retrieved Jul 11, 2019.
  10. ^ ""Dear Basketball" wins Best Animated Short Film". Apr 17, 2018. Retrieved Jul 11, 2019 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Nominees – 2018 Sports – Creative & Technical Crafts – The Emmys". Retrieved Jul 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Dear Basketball". Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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