In 1946, legendary artists Salvador Dali and Walt Disney began working together on an animated short-film that, little did they know, would not reach completion until fifty-eight years later. Titled Destino, the film tells the tale of Chronos, the personification of time who falls in love with a mortal. The world in which the film is set is said to have been inspired by Sigmund Freud’s extensive research and understanding of the subconscious part of the mind. At the time of its production, Dali himself described the plot as “A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.”
When work on the film began, the project was intended to be similar to Disney’s iconic Fantasia, which combined animation with live dancers and post-production special effects. The film was being produced under a heavy veil of secrecy before it was set aside, unfinished. It was not until 1999, when Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, discovered the story while working on Fantasia 2000, that the long-lost work of Disney and Dali was found. Upon its discovery, Roy relaunched and oversaw the production of Destino with the help of director Dominique Monfery.
After its completion, Destino was screened at several festivals and even received a theatrical release in December 2003 and a nomination for the Best Animated Short Film Oscar in 2004. The short was finally released on DVD via the Walt Disney Treasures collection, as well as the Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 special edition sets released in 2010. Watch the long-lost master piece, Destino, below.