Destino

destino

Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. The six-minute short follows the  story of Chronos and the ill-fated love he has for a mortal female. It is unusual in that its production originally began in 1945.

The project was a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz.

The project was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946. A first-hand example of Disney’s interest in avant garde and experimental work in animation, Destino was to be awash with Dalí’s iconic melting clocks, marching ants and floating eyeballs. However, financial concerns caused Disney to cease production. Hench compiled a short animation test of about 17 seconds in the hopes of rekindling Disney’s interest in the project, but the production was no longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus.

In 1999, Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney, while working on ‘Fantasia 2000,’ unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. Disney Studios France, the company’s small Parisian production department, was brought on board to complete the project. The short was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monfréy 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. The 17 second original footage that is included in the finished product is the segment with the two tortoises.

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One Comment to “Destino”

  1. Great stuff. I’m a big Dali fan.

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