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Tré Roland-Martin

In 1945, Walt Disney Studios collaborated with Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, perhaps the greatest Surrealist of all time, in order to work on a project entitled Destino.

The film was conceived as a surrealist/ethereal love story between Chronos, the personification of time in Greek mythology, and a mortal human woman. The original storyboard began from late 1945 to 1946 by John Hench, a studio artist working for Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí. The soundtrack was composed by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez. Unfortunately, however, World War II was still going on, and for this reason the studio begin to cancel production of Destino. After the project's cancellation, John Hench animated some 17-second test footage in order for Disney to become interested in reviving the project; unfortunately, it was put on a complete hiatus due to the fact that the production was no longer financially better.

However, there's some good news; in 1999, while Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney's nephew, was working on production for Fantasia 2000, a reboot/sequel of Disney's 1940 film Fantasia, he had discovered the Destino project and wanted to revive production on it. Walt Disney's Paris-based production department, Disney Studios France, was hired to start completion of the project. Baker Bloodworth was hired as producer, while French animator Dominique Monfréy was hired for his first directorial role on the project. The original storyboards of Salvador Dalí and John Hench were examined, and parts of the story were borrowed from Hench's guidance, as well as the journals of Dalí's late wife Gala. Destino's production was finally complete, and it features traditional animation, Hench's original 17-second test footage, and computer animation/graphics. Note that the original test footage is the segment with the two tortoises, which was referred to in Bette Midler's host sequence in Fantasia 2000, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, which was based off of the children's story by famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Destino made its first public screening at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France in June 2003, and was released a second time in December 2003. It won many awards, and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Many planned DVD releases of Destino were canceled, but was finally given a home video release in November 2010, when it was included on the Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray disc.


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