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Worth a Watch: Destino by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali

Published: Thu Aug 04 2016

In this long-lost and relatively unknown collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney, Dalí seeked to blend his style of surreal paintings with “dancing and metamorphosis.”

Destino began production in 1945, 58 years before its completion in 2003. The six-minute sequence combines animation with live dancers and special effects in a similar format to Fantasia. The aim was to try to create a new animation technique — the cinematic equivalent of Dalí’s “paranoid critique.”

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 described it as “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”