August 28, 2008

Destino - A Short Animated Cartoon by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney

Salvador Dali and Walt Disney collaborated on a short cartoon called Destino(Destiny). I personally can't imagine radical, chaotic, subversive Dali doing a collabo with Disney but it seems that the Spanish painter considered Disney (along with the Marx brothers and Cecil B. DeMille) to be some sort of a kindred soul in the surrealist movement. Destino is currently being shown at the MoMA in NYC as part of an exhibit called "Dalí: Painting and Film".

"Destino is a short animated cartoon released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its original release. The project was a collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez.

Destino premiered on June 2, 2003 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France. The six-minute short follows the love story of Chronos and the ill-fated love he has for a mortal female. The story continues as the female dances through surreal scenery inspired by Dalí's paintings. There is little dialogue, but the sound track features a song by the Mexican composer, Armando Dominguez."

The film was shown as part of the exhibition Dali & Film at Tate Modern from June to September, 2007, as part of the Dali exhibit at the LA County Museum of Art from October, 2007 to January 2008, and at an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art called Dalí: Painting and Film from June to September 2008."

MoMA Exhibit
Dali's storyboard and inspirational artwork for Destino

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  1. Such a surprising combination of creatives but it really is a film worth seeing! I was fortunate enough to see it a few years ago and it's pretty wild.

  2. g I totally agree with you that it is a very surprising combo. Apparently Dali thought very highly of Disney's work and vice versa.