Destino, A Surreal Collaborative Animation Between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney

In 1945, Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí collaborated with John Hench of Walt Disney Studios to create Destino, a surreal animation that tells the legendary story of Chronos, who, as the personification of time, could not allow himself to fall in love with a mortal woman. Due to unexpected delays, personality conflicts and financial concerns, the film wasn’t released until 58 years later, in 2003 at the behest of Roy E. Disney, who enlisted the Paris arm of the company to complete the project.

The scenes blend a series of surreal paintings of Dali with dancing and metamorphosis. The target production began in 1945, 58 years before its completion and was a collaboration between Walt Disney and the Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali and Walt Disney Destiny was produced by Dali and John Hench for 8 months between 1945 and 1946.

Perhaps the most glaring evidence of the difference between Dali and Disney how each of the parties described the film.

The plot of the film was described by Dalí as “A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.” Walt Disney said it was “A simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”

Thanks David Klass!

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.