Watch Kobe Bryant's Oscar-Winning Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

January 28, 2020

Editor's note: At the time of publication, the video was available for stream on Vimeo and dearbasketball.com. The original video appears to have been taken down.

In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing, his studio has released his short film, “Dear Basketball,” to be viewed for free online.

The Oscar-winning short, made by Granity Studios, is available for viewing on dearbasketball.com and Vimeo. Founded by Bryant himself, Granity Studios is an “award winning multimedia original content company focused on creating new ways to tell stories around sports,” the website reads.

The film is narrated by Bryant and is based on a poem he penned in 2015 as a farewell to the sport he loves. The poem was published in The Player’s Tribune to announce Bryant’s retirement.

The description on the website reads, “With hand drawn animation set to a soaring musical score, ‘Dear Basketball’ tells the inspiring story of one little boy living out his basketball dream.” The film was directed and animated by Glen Keane with Oscar-winning composer John Williams behind the score.

“It’s a message for all of us. It’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible,” Keane said while accepting the Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” reports Variety.

After the short film won the Oscar, it was difficult to view. Only a teaser clip was made available through Granity Studios and dearbasketball.com.

Bryant had been working on many projects through Granity Studios, including RADIO.COM’s Cadence 13 podcast “The Punies.” A second season had been announced.

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