【tdr0025】 A collaboration work completed after 58 years


It is easy to imagine that Walt Disney, the founding father of Disney animation, had a wide circle of acquaintances, but he even had a connection with a famous artist, with whom he should have had nothing in common except the time they lived.

That artist is a famous surrealist, Salvador Dali.

Salvador Dali and Walt Disney first met in 1945 at a certain place and hit if off well with each other. Dali even described Disney as ‘one of the three major surrealists in the U.S.’

After they met, they made a plan to produce an animation film together, but since it was right after the war in 1946, they could not get enough funding and had to cancel the plan. Although the film seemed to have no chance to come out, Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney unearthed the project and completed the film after 58 years.

This 7-minute-long love story, titled “Destino”, was nominated for the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

If Roy E. Disney did not happen to pick up the project… thinking about the possibility makes us feel that this series of processes should be a “Destino” (destiny) in a real sense.

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