What does Walt Disney and Salvador Dali have in common? Nothing, you might think. But that’s not true. Between 1945 and 1946 Salvador Dali collaborated with Walt Disney’s John Hench on an animated film called Destino.
Because of the financial troubles Disney Studios went through after World War II, the company decided not to invest in the project anymore. So Destino was put on the shelf and left there indefinitely.
In 1999, Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney’s nephew, discovered the project and decided to finish it. A team of 25 animators worked with the long forgoten and rather cryptic storyboards, under the guidance of John Hench himself. The film was eventually released in 2003, 58 years after Hench and Dali started working on it.
Destino is a traditional animation that includes Hench’s original footage (17 seconds only) and also some computer animation. The 17 second original footage that is included in the finished product is the segment with the two tortoises. You can watch this short animation below.