Surrealist Salvador Dali Once Collaborated With Walt Disney

In 1944, surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Disney studio artist John Hench of Walt Disney came together to collaborate on an animated short film titled “Destino”. The film was only seven minutes in length and was not officially completed and released until 2003. 

It took nearly 60 years for “Destino” to make it’s debut and it is about a young woman and Janus, the God of Time trying to love each other. You can watch the full version of the animated short below: 

“Destino” features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Domínguez and performed by Mexican singer Dora Luz. The film itself has no dialog and the story is told through the music and imagery. 

The 17-second original footage that is included in the finished product is the segment with the two tortoises, however the rest of the film was created by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monféry in his first directorial role. A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench’s cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the journals of Dalí’s wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself), and finished Destino’s production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench’s original footage, but it also contains some computer animation. 

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