Saturday, April 7, 2012

Disney & Dali: A Unique Animation Pair

I want to thank my husband Geordon for taking on this unique Disney review for me. It was out honor and great pleasure to be able to see this screening of one of Disney's most interesting shorts. I was overjoyed that we were able to catch this screening while on board the NCL Spirit. It just goes to prove that I can turn just about anything into a Disney vacation. LOL!! Look soon for Geordon's review of this trip's other Disney connections!


While on our recent cruise, Kristen and I had the opportunity to watch a short film that was a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvidor Dali. The name of the film is "Destino" and it has an interesting history.

Currently, Park West Galleries at Sea claims to be the only source for Destino, but reports on the Internet suggest that it is available on the "Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition" Blu-ray that was released in late 2010.

Disney and Dali both had a standing love for the Mexican ballad "Destino" when they met in 1945. They met at a cocktail party hosted by Jack Warner, where they came to know each other and discovered that they had great admiration for each other. They decided that they would like to work together.

That's how Dali came to work at Walt Disney Studios for a short, 7 month tenure in 1946, where he mostly worked on Destino.

Unfortunately, The film was shelved in 1946, after only 18 seconds of animation had been filmed. It sat in the Disney vault until the original storyboards were uncovered while Fantasia 2000 was being made.

Roy E. Disney felt strongly that the storyboards should be brought to life, and he enlisted the help of John Hensch (who had worked on the original Destino project in 1945) to make that happen. Unfortunately, there was not much written documentation in the vault to describe how Dali's animation work should be sequenced.

However, it was discovered that Dali would tell his wife, Gala, all about the story of Destino and his animation vision when he returned home every evening. Fortunately for Disney fans, Gala wrote all of this down in her diary. It was these journal entries that led to the final sequencing of Destino that we have today.

Destino was created by Dali and Disney as a romantic homage to their respective wives. The tale tells a love story between Chronos and a mortal woman. The imagery has many layers and is fantastic and surreal in much the same way as many of Dali's paintings, with the woman moving into and through parts of one scene and exiting in another.

I would have liked to have been able to watch Destino several times, since there is so much involved imagery. Scenes transitioned seamlessly from one thing to another as the woman danced through the film. -G

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