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Dali's Destino Completed
July 6, 2009 4:23 PM   Subscribe

In 1946 legendary surrealist Salvador Dali formed an unlikely friendship with Walt Disney, and they spent some time collaborating on a short film called Destino. Dali and Disney artist John Hench worked on a lot of storyboards, but only 18 seconds of test footage were shot before the project was abandoned.

posted by hippybear (24 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

Aeon Flux?
posted by Avenger at 4:30 PM on July 6, 2009


Wow, the transfer looks. I think I've seen a camcorder version online back when Triplets of Belleville was in theaters.

The wiki page on Destino is fairly detailed, and there are more pages dedicated to the collaboration, and Wired had a write-up in 2003.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:36 PM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

I saw this before Triplets of Belleville, which is pretty trippy itself.
posted by rokusan at 4:37 PM on July 6, 2009

Dali and Disney. A match made in Fascist Heaven.
posted by kozad at 4:43 PM on July 6, 2009 [2 favorites]

The way the eyes and hair are drawn do resemble the Aeon Flux style, yeah.

I love Dali and I wish they'd finished this together. As cool as this is, I agree with the idea that it would have probably been more disturbing if Dali himself had completed it.
posted by elfgirl at 4:45 PM on July 6, 2009

unfortunately it's not de-anamorphicized in the rip. Looks like 16:9 is best.

Console computer graphics are just about getting this good now. Good inspiration here for me.
posted by @troy at 4:53 PM on July 6, 2009

I got to see this as part of the massive, extensive and exhaustingly amazing Dali exhibition here in Melbourne. My friend and I had been discussing Destino and had no idea it was part of it.

Aeon Flux was one of the first thing that came to mind. Followed closely by "Ohmygodthatwasbeautiful"
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 5:09 PM on July 6, 2009

Dali's female images (mostly modeled on Gala) didn't look much like Disney princesses. (Nor did Gala behave like one.)
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 5:16 PM on July 6, 2009

The Little Mermaid style animation on the lead character really of bugs me.
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:33 PM on July 6, 2009

Well, I guess I can close the book on this question!
posted by hincandenza at 5:35 PM on July 6, 2009 [2 favorites]

posted by Thorzdad at 5:40 PM on July 6, 2009

The Little Mermaid style animation on the lead character really of bugs me.


I love Dali, and the movement and animation style of this make me want to tear the video out of the monitor, crumple it up, and throw it off of the giant wafer-thin ledge that I am currently reclining on thousands of feet above the desert floor.
posted by The World Famous at 5:42 PM on July 6, 2009 [3 favorites]

Is there anywhere to see the storyboards? I agree with others here that this is just a bit too Disnified. The turtles definitely stand out from the rest of it.
posted by echo target at 6:12 PM on July 6, 2009

I'll see you a Dali/Disney and raise you a Dali/Marx Brothers. I have held this in my hands.
posted by eccnineten at 6:30 PM on July 6, 2009 [4 favorites]

eccnineten, the brief Dali and Harpo association has always intrigued me. Here's more interesting info and
some more photos of the two of them.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 7:05 PM on July 6, 2009 [2 favorites]

The entire film is complete. I saw it at work several years ago, introduced by Roy Disney himself. I'm not sure why it's not released publicly yet, but it was fully finished 4+ years ago.
posted by Argyle at 7:06 PM on July 6, 2009

Dali and Marx previously.

Exciting to see Destino finally - watch it while it lasts!
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:26 PM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

Meh. Reminiscent of Dali, but certainly not Dali. A shame, that.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:35 PM on July 6, 2009

What? No white gloves on the characters? Disney had nothing to do with this.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 2:25 AM on July 7, 2009

Don't forget the unholy union of Jackie Gleason and Dali.
posted by marxchivist at 4:43 AM on July 7, 2009

The clock melts. Heh.
posted by DU at 4:44 AM on July 7, 2009

The finished version was shown with the Dali exhibited that toured around the country a while ago, I saw it at LACMA. And it's considerably longer than 18 seconds.

And for god's sake, yes it's Disney + Dali. Deal with it. If you don't like it you don't like it, them's the art breaks. Don't feel personal detriment at its existence.
posted by HotPants at 8:59 AM on July 7, 2009

Thank you for posting this.
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:45 AM on July 7, 2009

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