Destino: A Spectacular Collaboration Between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney

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Cropped stills from the Destino animation poster and movie respectively.


In 1945 Disney studio artist John Hench storyboarded one of the most extraordinary collaborations in Disney animation history. Well, one could argue that it's one of the most extraordinary collaborations in animation history overall but we'll let you decide for yourselves. 1945 signalled a great many things including the end of the second world war, as well as Disney animation's debut into fine art animation with surrealist  artist, Salvador Dali. Walt Disney himself worked directly with Dalli and John Hench to produce a storyboard and seventeen seconds of animation over a period of eight months, after which the studio started experiencing its financial crisis and was forced to cease working on it. Walt Disney's nephew, Roy E. Disney, accidentally stumbled upon the storyboards while working on Fantasia in 2000, eventually resurrecting the dormant gem with the help of 25 animators, journals of Dalí’s wife Gala Dalí and guidance from John Hench himself. SuperRadNow writes:


Destino is a tragic love story about Chronos, the personification of time, who falls in love with a mortal woman as the two float across the surrealist landscapes of Dalí’s paintings. The poetic, wordless animation features a score by Mexican composer Armando Dominguez performed by Dora Luz.  As fascinating as the film itself is the juxtaposition of the two creative geniuses behind it is just as incredble, each bringing his own life-lens to the project — Dalí described the film as “a magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time” and Disney called it “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”  However you see it, Destino is undeniably beautiful, and an amazing work of art.


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