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Glen Keane And Kobe Bryant Take ‘Dear Basketball’ Oscar Campaign To James Corden’s Show

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.

It’s also interesting to note that Keane didn’t draw Bryant, the star of the film that was being promoted, and instead tapped into Disney nostalgia, drawing an easily recognizable character from his earlier career as a supervising animator at Disney. Keane has previously demoed Tilt Brush and drawn other Disney characters with the software.

  • Marc Hendry

    are basketball fans seeing the short? Or only film/animation festival audiences?

  • My name is Rio

    This is correct, He promoted the short as “some Disney Animation that will blow your mind” https://twitter.com/JKCorden/status/938874375192940544

  • Anonymous

    It would be great to see Glen Keane win an Oscar but with all that is going on in Hollywood today with sexual harassment and assault do you think he has a chance with Kobe’s past sexual misconduct?

    • Renard N. Bansale

      I think the outcome of that case (accuser backed away from testifying, Kobe apologizing, satisfied settlements) and the fact that Kobe and his wife have overcome that incident and remain together have rehabilitated that, not to mention his basketball achievements afterwards.

      • Barrett

        I have to say, I personally lost interest in going to see this at CTNX when I saw Kobe’s name attached. (CTNX’s $50 add-on fee didn’t help, either.) The “American Dad” gag involving Kobe and a holodeck is pretty much my position on the guy. Same reason why, as much as my H-B nostalgia made me want to, I avoided watching “The Mike Tyson Mysteries.”

    • SnicksterFace

      He admitted to cheating, and that’s all that ended up being proved. Even the accuser ended up dropping charges. So as far as the current Hollywood situation goes, it’s mostly forgotten.

  • James Madison

    I saw this when it was broadcast.

    I am definitely interested in seeing the film…and seeing more possibilities with the technology. Is it possible to capture the drawings and have them rendered via a 3D Printer? It would make for amazing sculptures in museums.

    Great work by Glen Keane.

  • “It’s also interesting to note that Keane didn’t draw Bryant, the star of the film that was being promoted, and instead tapped into Disney nostalgia, drawing an easily recognizable character from his earlier career as a supervising animator at Disney.”

    Well, I wouldn’t believed Glen would have drawn Kobe, not to diss him or anything. He chose, as you mentioned, a very recognizable character in Ariel, as she has grabbed audiences decades over. Not to mention there was music set to play along with his drawing performance, and he finished the drawing all within the time frame of the iconic song.

    Drawing Bryant would be awesome, but I would think Glen and Kobe want to have that saved for the actual release of the short, not to spoil anything.