Fueled by the immense passion of Kobe Bryantâ€™s narration and Disney-quality animation, Glenn Keaneâ€™s â€œDear Basketballâ€ is easily one of the best animated short at this yearâ€™s Tribeca Film Festival.
Bryantâ€™s career was a dynamic one that spanned three decades. During that time, his ability to captivate on the court and as a pop culture icon through commercials and endorsements endeared him to millions. While heâ€™s shared pieces of his story before, Keaneâ€™s short film connects us in a way that makes him more likable than ever.
That has everything to do with the heart-warming animation and John Williamsâ€™ score. With almost a â€œFantasiaâ€ feel at times, thereâ€™s a sense of wonder present. Although minimalist in style with just pencils and spare use of color, the animation is simply magical. Through it, you can feel Bryantâ€™s love for the game. Thereâ€™s no mistake, this is a love letter to the sport.
Combining Bryantâ€™s narration, the Disney-veteran Keaneâ€™s animation and Williamsâ€™ score, â€œDear Basketballâ€ scores a triple double in record time. Just like Bryantâ€™s career in the NBA, short films like this donâ€™t come around often.