Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball (Animated)


Mini film animated narrated by Kobe Bryant on the day of his retirement.

Recently retired Los Angeles Laker generational star Kobe Bryant executive produced and commissioned this artistic piece of celebration called Dear Basketball. The all-time great and future Hall-of-Famer spared no expense, calling on top talents to create this animated short film. Basketball fans especially will find value in this reciprocal tribute.

Narrated by the man himself, Dear Basketball is a mini-biography of Kobe from his upbringing and his accomplishments to lasting impact on his city and chosen game. His words describe the origins and roots of his heart, his work ethic, his pains, his challenges, and his fulfilled dreams.

Directed by Disney animation legend Glen Keane, the animated short employs fluid pencil sketch stylings that morph from one biographical moment to the next during Bryant’s narration.