May 17th, 2015

The Collaboration of Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí

In 1937, Salvador Dalí wrote to a friend, “I have come to America and I am in contact with three great American surrealists – the Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMille, and Walt Disney.” Dalí and Disney had met at a dinner party given by Jack Warner and became friends. Then in 1945 the two began collaborating on a short film, “Destino”, based on a mythological love story. The film was storyboarded by Dalí and Disney studio artists for eight months in late 1945 and 1946. Destino was to be awash with Dalí’s iconic melting clocks, marching ants and floating eyeballs. However, production ceased in 1946 because the studio was plagued with financial problems following World War II.

But in 1999, Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney, unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and the Disney team’s cryptic storyboards (with help from the Dalí’s sketchbooks), and finished Destino’s production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, but it also contains some computer animation. The Disney short, “Destino” was released by the studio in 2003 to much acclaim.

Sources: Huffington Post, Wikipedia, Disney Fine Art: “The Art of Destino”


Dalí and Disney c. 1942





Dalí storyboard for Destino

Dalí storyboard for Destino.
If anyone ever questioned Dalí’s skill as a draftsman, look no further then here.



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