Salvador Dali and Walt Disney secretly collaborated, and it is beautifully weird
In 1945, Salvador Dali and Walt Disney animation collaborated on a clip known as Destino, a surreal, beautiful, and very weird clip.
In 1945, Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali entered into a secret collaboration with Walt Disney Animation. The project took roughly eight months and lasted into 1946, and it was meant to be part of a movie with multiple, extraordinary clips, similar to Fantasia.
It never happened, of course, and the project disappeared. Dali’s contribution was left unfinished for 58 years until it was finally completed by the Walt Disney Company and released under the name Destino. It was then included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2003.
That might not make it exactly timely for us to post, but it is still very cool.
Dali, whose impressively long full name was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, worked with Disney producer John Hensh. The clip focuses on Chronos, the personification of time. He is unable to love a mortal, which kicks off a surrealist voyage through the mind of one of the most popular artists of all time – with a little help from one of the most famous animation studios in the world.
The project was initially commissioned after World War II, but it was a rough time for Disney financially speaking. During the war, Disney focused on creating propaganda films for all branches of the military and government. It was a patriotic endeavor, but not an especially profitable one. Dali created a complete series of storyboards, which
Once the war ended and Disney got back into the business of making entertainment, Dali created a complete series of storyboards, which Hensh then turned over to Disney’s animation department. That, in turn, lead to a 17-second test. Ultimately, the Disney execs of the day deemed the project too expensive.
Dali’s work with Disney was more or less forgotten until 1999, when Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy, unearthed it while working on Fantasia 2000. He turned it over to Disney Studios France, who then created the six-minute clip you see below using traditional animation and a bit of computer animation.
It’s a little weird, and a little beautiful. Check it out below.