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½ October 16, 2016
What do Walt Disney and Salvador Dali have in common? The answer to this cryptic question is the surrealist animated short, "Destino." While the style of this short is fascinating, its 58-year production history is even more interesting. In 1945, a collaboration began that would combine Disney's storytelling with Dali's artistic style. It was storyboarded over an 8-month period when the fallout of World War II took its toll on the economy and permanently shelved the project. With the eventual deaths of Disney and Dali, the project was seemingly lost forever until Roy E. Disney stumbled upon the project in 1999. The completed short only contains 17 seconds of footage from 1945 but keeps the story intact. Before you approach "Destino" with an expectation of a traditional Disney short, the animation looks nothing like Disney. It is more like a combination of cubism and Dali's signature melting clocks. Also, the story is used mainly to tie together the interesting imagery. This film is more like a work of art than a child-friendly cartoon. There are some fascinating visual moments where a silhouetted shape suddenly becomes something else. It's too difficult to describe and worth watching the 6-minute short to see these transformation. The surrealism is further enhanced by the antiquated musical soundtrack that contrasts the modern computer animation. Even though I find the film to be trippy and difficult to follow, I was glad to see it receive an Oscar nomination to bring acknowledgement to Disney for resurrecting this abandoned project. "Destino" probably won't leave you wanting Disney to make another short in this style, but it is worth seeing if you have an interest in Dali's artwork.
December 8, 2015
This project shows the essence of both its authors, every time you pause the short just to perceive an image, it is perfect. Yet, this is the exact problem, those great images change style so fast you cannot appreciate any of the instances, but also the connections between those moments don't show as much effort or beauty. You can see the lack of unity around the pose to pose, you can feel when it's majestic or filler animation.
½ July 12, 2015
A visually imaginative short that was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney & Salvatore Dali as far back as 1946 & was finalized till 2003 and released as a special feature on the Blu Ray version of Fantasia 2000.

Focuses on 5 major works of Dali & has that subtle Disney touch.

It's a beautiful short that is visually stunning & thought provoking.
Super Reviewer
½ August 17, 2013
The piece is an unquestionable work of art. The real question is whether if such precious, legendary material fell into the right hands to be handled properly and with artistic justice. Maybe it didn't. Watch how surrealism changed visual preconceived notions in the silent era and kept challenging standards throughout the decades. Even Cocteau's poetry plays an important complimentary role to the evolution of alternative branches of expression.

The history of this short is a sad tragedy: Destino was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946; however, the Walt Disney Company and the Walt Disney Studios were plagued by many financial woes during the Second World War. As Wikipedia says: "Hench compiled a short animation test of about 17 seconds in the hopes of rekindling Disney's interest in the project, but the production was no longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus."

I am not blaming extraordinary circumstances. I am blaming nobody. But back then, Disney's vision was impeccable and ahead of its time. In the era of today, we get great visuals with the aid of modern technology, but also that little question bugging us: "If Dalí had made it, would the result have been all the more fascinating?

½ March 28, 2013
The Dali and Disney influences are both very apparent. A truly unique work.
June 17, 2012
Dali was fucking insane
April 26, 2012
It's a wonderful and beautiful bizarre, short film, many peopla have waited for this, and now, we can see it, good job.
March 28, 2012
An absolute masterpiece of animation; the finally-realized efforts of two of the greatest artistic geniuses of all time. Destino's powerful images are moving and beautiful (as could be expected from Salvador Dali), the music is fantastic, and the animation is stunning. What more could you possibly ask for?
February 3, 2012
Fantastic! Beautiful animation, visuals and music throughout, just unfortunate that Dali and Disney never finished the project themselves; we will never know what this short was truly meant to look like and mean.
January 10, 2012
I would have loved to see the original if it were completed. I was somewhat disappointed by the style but overall it was an interesting short. Dali and Disney make for a good pair.
½ June 21, 2011
A short film by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney, which was not completed until 2004. mostly because of roy disney's insistence. The end result clearly has Dali's style of surrealism, incorporating many of the motifs in his artwork over the years....and at times captures Disney's romanticism. The only problem is the animation, which is mostly stop motion, when it would have been more interesting to me if it kept a fluid style....but i'm just happy to have seen it.
June 14, 2011
Both beautiful and twisted.
June 11, 2011
Destino es un cortometraje animado dirigido por Dominique Monfery. El pietaje final parte de storyboards, dibujos e ideas acuñados por Salvador Dalí para la colaboración con Walt Disney que dejara incompleta en 1946. Completada más de medio siglo después de su concepción, la obra recupera gran parte de los conceptos visuales característicos de la pintura del afamado surrealista español.

El filme le da un tratamiento superrealista a las desventuras y romance de una joven y una estatua, usando para esto el estilo propio de las obras de Salvador Dalí. A pesar de beber de una fuente ciertamente surrealista, Destino solamente lo es en los tropos que presenta, distanciándose de la tendencia al absurdo y de las imágenes impactantes del surrealismo cinematográfico representado por Luis Buñuel y heredado por autores posteriores como David Lynch (Eraserhead) y Jan Svankmajer (N?co z Alenky). La cinta de Monfery recoge las metáforas y temas de la pintura del artista español y las sintetiza en una historia impredecible y encantadora, digna de los mejores tiempos de la factoría Disney.

El cortometraje retrata un paisaje de relojes derritiéndose, desiertos infinitos con cielos despejados, aves, espirales, dientes de león e incluso la mano hormigueante de Un Chien Andalou; indudables metáforas visuales que, sin embargo es mejor dejar sin interpretación para disfrutar Destino como el maravilloso espectáculo visual que es.

Aún más que una narración, el filme es un video musical: una secuencia audiovisual que toma su ritmo y su tono completamente de una obra musical; en este caso la canción del mismo nombre compuesta por el mexicano Armando Domínguez. Sobra decir que, además de hermanar satisfactoriamente la acción con la música, la película destaca por su animación fluida e impresionante en segunda dimensión; la cual refleja en sus formas y colores la atmósfera del universo pictórico de Salvador Dalí. En conjunto, Destino consigue de manera más que decorosa el objetivo de la colaboración original entre Walt Disney y el artista ecléctico Catalán: una historia creativa que retrata las filias y fobias de su padre pictórico naturalmente y sin vanas pretensiones. Dominique Monfery logra crear una obra de arte cinematográfico que homenajea a sus famosos autores y que consigue llamar la atención por sus propias virtudes.

½ February 21, 2011
Fantastic short film! Salvador Dali's works of art intrigues me.
½ December 27, 2010
Very interesting and bizarre. I do love me some Dali.
½ December 26, 2010
Just watched the Disney/Salvador Dali collaboration, "Destino"...4.5 out of 5 stars. Weird and wonderful. Two great artists coming together to create something completely different....
September 15, 2010
A complete surrealist journey in six minutes.
May 28, 2010
Finally got to see THE TRIPLETS with my son at the local arthouse theater. It was quite a little trek, taking the bus to the downtown location, eating corn dogs on the street corner, and then going into the lovely little auditorium for the film.

It was preceded by the Dominique Monfery/Salvador Dali/John Hench animated short DESTINO, and honestly, it was a disservice to BELLEVILLE to run that short beforehand. I was still reeling from the surrealist romp with its tinny romantic soundtrack for at least the first twenty minutes of the main film. If Dali had actually been able to produce all of the art for it, I might have died of sensory overload right there in my cushy red velvet seat. Absolutely stunning - I see why monolith94 had it in his top ten of the year.

As for THE TRIPLETS, it was a charming little journey with some surrealism of its own - kidnapping bicyclists for bizarre gambling gauntlets? - and many running jokes that continued to amuse throughout. I loved the fact that it had no subtitles and very little dialogue; like most good Canadian animation, it tells the story without having to prattle on. The sound design, foley and music were all tremendous.

But I couldn't help thinking it was a bit like the caramels Bruno lusted after - chewed on it, and chewed on it, and in the end had a satisfying but not altogether filling experience. My son did love it, and I suspect I'll buy it when it's available on DVD (especially if it includes DESTINO!), but it wasn't [i]quite[/i] the revelation I was hoping for.
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