Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning short film removed from website

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John Williams told the Los Angeles Times in 2017 Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball (2017) is “elegiac” without being “weepy.” (Image Courtesy: The Los Angeles Times).

After being briefly available online Monday, Glen Keane’s Kobe Bryant movie, Dear Basketball (2017), the winner of that year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, has been taken down in the aftermath of the basketball star’s death, according to the Los Angeles Times. The five-minute picture is based off a poem Bryant wrote for the Players’ Tribune in November 2015 to announce his retirement, narrated by Bryant himself, scored by Oscar-winning composer John Williams, and animated by Keane, son of The Family Circus creator Bil Keane. A teaser trailer for the short will still be hosted on dearbasketball.com.