Salvador Dali & Walt Disney’s Film “Destino”
“Destino” was a creative collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali that began in 1945.
The storyboard for “Destino” (which means “fate” in Italian, Spanish and Portugese) was drawn in eight months by artist John Henchy (from Disney) and Dali, but the project was canceled by Disney due to financial problems associated with World War II. Henchy made another effort to cause Disney’s interest in the project, but it was still considered unprofitable and postponed indefinitely.
In 1999, Disney’s nephew Roy Edward Disney, who also worked on “Fantasia 2000,” decided to revive the forgotten project. Using the help of Henchy’s diary and diaries from the wife of Dali, Gala Dali, a group of twenty-five animators “deciphered” the intricate drawings of Dali and Henchy. The result is a cartoon created by the traditional hand drawn animation technique and with the use of computer graphics.
The film won an Oscar for Best Animated Short film in 2003, the year it was finally released.