There are 10 animated shorts currently on the Academy Awards shortlist for best animated short, but only one of those films is generating mainstream attention: Dear Basketball.
Last night, the director of the short, Glen Keane, and the film’s writer/voice-over artist Kobe Bryant, appeared together on The Late Late Show with James Corden, with Keane sketching out a 3d version of The Little Mermaid’s Ariel using an HTC Vive headset and the Google painting app Tilt Brush.
As anyone in animation knows, it’s a special event whenever an animator appears on a late-night talk show. And I can’t easily recall the last time an animator appeared on a talk show to promote an animated short. In this case, Bryant’s celebrity helped the cause; the former NBA star also had his own guest segment on Corden’s show last night.