One of my favorite artists is Salvador Dali. His work is endlessly fascinating, and when I discovered that he worked on a short film with Disney called Destino, I was instantly intrigued.
Although Destino was released in 2003, production for the short film began over 70 years ago in 1945. Disney artist John Hench worked with Salvador Dali for eight months before the project was shelved in 1946 because of financial issues within Walt Disney Studios.
It was rediscovered in 1999 by Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney, who decided that the Destino should be finished. A team of 25 animators with Disney’s Paris division working under director Dominque Monfrey used the original story boards, journals kept by Dali’s wife Gala, and input from Hench to finish the film.