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Dali's Destino.

"At long last, Destino, the legendary unfinished animated collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali--two visionaries that struck up a friendship when the flamboyant Spanish painter worked in Hollywood in the '40s--has been completed and premiered June 2, 2003 at the opening of this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Most animation observers assumed Destino, mysteriously abandoned after eight months of storyboarding in 1946, was a lost cause. But the surrealist short, originally envisioned by Disney as a compilation film along the lines of The Three Caballeros, found new life when vice chairman Roy Disney initiated its completion last year, largely at Disney Studio France.

"It is a little different [project] for us," Disney says of Destino's cryptic artistic merits, which features such trademark Dali images as ravaging ants, eyeballs, melting clocks, the Venus sculpture coming to life as a beautiful woman and two gargoyle heads resembling the artist with turtles' bodies. "But I'm enormously proud that we've done this because it is about who we are as artists, how long our history is and how long we respect it."

"Destino was ultimately recut from eight to five minutes because some of it was incomprehensible," Bloodworth said. "Dali had always said, 'If you understand this, then I've failed.' There's some truth to this but we also wanted it to be watchable."


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Aug. 9th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
I'm certainly curious about this.
Aug. 30th, 2003 01:11 am (UTC)
i would love to see this project. do you know where i can get a copy? thanks, john.
Aug. 31st, 2003 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: destino
i'm afraid i don't know where you can get it from, john, if anywhere. the article alludes to having it released on a future disney dvd, and you might be able to download it off kazaa or something, but i've no real idea. it's floating around film festivals, that i do know, so keep an eye out.

maybe if you know some teenage kids with a vcd addiction, they can find it for you, too.
Oct. 2nd, 2003 04:29 pm (UTC)
Destino is going to be showed in NY City festival: Saturday October 18th, 12 noon
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