Were you aware of the fact that Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney actually collaborated on a film together? I wasn’t. To be precise, they started doing so after they met casually at a dinner party in 1945. They both admired each other’s art, and so they conspired to work together.
For some time, the project remained a secret. Based on a Mexican ballad, Dalí began working on first storyboards. He incorporated a new technique inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud on the subconscious and the inclusion of hidden and double images. The film project was abandoned 1946 due to the economic downfall in the aftermath of WWII, however, Dalí’s storyboards, sketches, and paintings were saved. It was not before 2001 that the production was revived by their successors, and in 2003 Destino finally saw the light of day.
The 6’30” full version is openly accessible in High Definition on YouTube, enjoy below and dream away.
This pearl premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and scored six international awards as well as an Academy Award nomination in 2004 for Best Short Film (Animated). In spite of that exposure Destino somehow managed to fly under the radar unnoticed even for many movie enthusiasts.
A beautiful side note are the quotes of both artists about this piece. While Disney saw Destino as “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love” Dalí called it “a magical exposition on the problem of life in the labyrinth of time”.