Short Film Showcase – Destino (2003)

Destino, 2003.

Directed by Dominique Monfery.
Written by Salvador Dali, John Hench and Donald W. Ernst.

Destino is an animated short that first began as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali in 1945, with Dali and Disney artist John Hench working on storyboards and producing 15 seconds of animation before the project was put on hiatus due to the studio’s financial concerns. The short was later discovered by Roy E. Disney during production of Fantasia 2000, and French animator Dominique Monfery was brought in to direct the short based on the original storyboards and using traditional hand drawn animation and CGI in addition to Hench’s original footage.

Described by Disney as “a simple love story”, Destino is a surreal and experimental work that features classic Dali imagery set to a haunting melody from the Mexican composer Armando Dominguez. The short premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2003 and went on to pick up a number of festival awards. It also contended for the Best Animated Short Film Oscar at the 76th annual Academy Awards, losing out to the Australian claymation Harvie Krumpet.

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