Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, photographed during the production of the short cartoon “Destino” in 1945-46. The project was abandoned for financial reasons, eventually to be revived by Disney Studios France and released in 2003.
The production of the short film Destino, a collaboration born from the mutual friendship and respect between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, began in 1945. Over a period of 8 months, Dali worked tirelessly with Disney studio artist John Hench creating concept paintings and storyboarding the film. Set in a landscape inspired by Dali’s surrealist art, the story of Destino tells of the ill-fated love between Chronos, the god of time, and a mortal women. Due to financial complications at the studio after World War II, the film was put on hiatus. Nearly 50 years later, the art for the film was rediscovered and the project was revitalized, bringing Dali’s surrealist vision to life. While neither were alive to see the film completed, Destino was released in 2003, 58 years after it’s initial conception, in honor of the two legendary artists.
¿Qué ocurre cuando juntas a Walt Disney y a Salvador Dalí?
Destino es un cortometraje lanzado en 2003 por The Walt Disney Company. Destino es único por que su producción comenzó originalmente en 1945, 58 años antes de su conclusión final. El proyecto fue una colaboración entre el cineasta estadounidense Walt Disney y el pintor español Salvador Dalí. La música fue compuesta por el compositor mexicano Armando Domínguez e interpretada por Dora Luz. Fue incluido en el Animation Show of Shows en 2003.
Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. However, it was shelved due to WWII-era financial problems at Disney’s company. Dalí described the film as “a magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time” and Disney said it was “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”
The 6 and a half minute film shows us what Dalí and Disney’s planned project might have looked like had they completed it. Recreated from only 17 seconds of original animation and storyboards drawn by Dalí and John Hench, it was released in 2003 by Disney’s nephew Roy.
The film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time, who falls in love with a mortal woman, but they cannot be together. The scenes blend a series of surreal paintings by Dali with dancing and metamorphosis. Originally, there would have been a mix of animation and live action dancers. Aww too bad…that would have been awesome