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Destino January 29, 2010

Posted by gwyoung in Movies, Short Films.
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The other night we watched this short film collaboration between animator Walt Disney and surrealist painter Salvador Dali:

The animation was storyboarded in 1945 but the project was soon abandoned due to financial constraints. Walt’s nephew, Roy Disney, unearthed the material and renewed the project in 1999, originally intending it to be released as part of Fantasia 2006. After that film was cancelled, Destino was screened to the public as a short in 2003 and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD sometime this year. If you’re interested, you can find more details on Wikipedia.

The film has a sort of surrealist vibe since its emphasis is on the fantastical imagery rather than any semblance of a plot. The most interesting thing, though, is how well the two artists blended their different styles. It’s hard to tell who drew what since everything seems to be both typical Disney and typical Dali at the same time, and it’s fun to spot the various influences and similarities to their other work as the film goes along. It’s definitely worth your seven minutes.



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