DESTINO is an animated short movie produced by Disney in 2003, although the original project dates back to 1945 as a result of a collaboration between Walt Disney and the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, with music performed by Mexican composer Armando Dominguez.
The film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time and the inability to realize his desire to love for a mortal. The scenes blend a series of surreal paintings of Dali with dancing and metamorphosis. The work of painter Salvador Dali was to prepare a six-minute sequence combining animation with live dancers and special effects for a movie in the same format of “Fantasia.”
The drawings and sketches of Destiny were made by the Disney studios artist John Hench and by Dalí himself in eight months, between 1945 and 1946. However, due to financial problems, the project was abandoned: Walt Disney, in fact, was hit by a serious economic crisis during the Second World War. Hench produced a small teaser of about 18 seconds, in the hope of a future recovery of the project. In 1999, Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy Edward Disney, while he was working on Fantasia 2000, recovered the project of Destiny and decided to restore it.
Disney studios in Paris were commissioned for the completion of the short film. The film was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monfrey, for the first time in the role of director. A team of approximately 25 animators got busy deciphering cryptic storyboards of Dalí and Hench (using also the diaries written by Dalí’s wife, Gala). The result was this short film in which elements of classic animation and adjustments made with computer graphics are mixed.
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.”