Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney Studios, “Destino,” 1946-2006
Not many people have heard of this collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí, two of the greatest and most iconic artists of their time. It was originally planned in 1946, but the project was scrapped for financial reasons. In 1999, Roy Disney decided to revive the project. Using the original sketches, notes, and seventeen seconds of animation, he helped to create this collaborative masterpiece.
The story follows a mortal woman who loves the god Chronos. As one would expect, the project is surreal, which makes the details of the affair difficult to decipher. However, like Surrealist paintings, this isn’t meant to be completely decipherable. Much of the beauty is in the impossible elements. For example, the seventeen seconds of original footage can be found about five minutes and thirty seconds into the video, when the negative space between two tortoises (who vaguely resemble Dalí himself) become the woman.
The video also includes nods to some of Dalí’s other, more well-known work. One particularly transparent reference is the ants crawling out of Chronos’ palm at the four minute mark. Ants also crawl out of a man’s palm in Dalís collaborative short film “Un Chién Andalou.”
The finished product is inspiring, a beautiful example of both classic Disney animation and Dalí’s iconic imagery.
See the film here