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Disney And Dali Short Film Released After 60 Years

Saturday, January 20th, 2007 at 13:08 by Simon Kimber

A short film resulting from a collaboration between Walt Disney and surrealist painter Salvador Dali is to receive it’s first UK screening more than sixty years after the project was started.

The pair worked on the film, to be shown as part of the Tate Modern’s “Dali & Film” exhibition, during 1945 and 1946, but it was shelved due to the lack of funds after World War II.

Then, years later, Walt’s nephew Roy discovered the paintings, drawings and storyboards locked away in a Disney vault and assigned 25 of his best animators, working under French animator Dominique Monfrey, to get the job done.

The result is Destino. At around six minutes long (none of the animators know the exact length as their watches all melted) it features a woman dancing through a surrealist landscape filled with unmistakeably Dali-esque imagery.

The exhibitions curator, Matthew Gale, told The Times that the Disney/Dali partnership worked well because Disney used elements of surrealism in his own work. Gale then commented that “if you look at the things that happen in Sleeping Beauty or Snow White, there are surreal instances.” before revealing that he was not in fact the curator, but two women standing next to each other in an archway.

The exhibition runs from Friday 1st June to Sunday 9th September at the Tate Modern in London and entry is free to anyone who comes dressed as a fifty foot tall spindly legged elephant.*

* Entry is actually free for anyone so technically we’re not fibbing.

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One Comment on “Disney And Dali Short Film Released After 60 Years”

  1. Rhys Wilcox Says:

    Disney? Surreal instances? Really? Huge-headed, talking deer; ballerina hippos; an anthropomorphised duck that wears a top but no bottoms then wraps a towel around his waist when he gets out of the bath; and the list goes on.

    Oh, and Tim Allen, of course.

    I will only go see the film if there’s a scene wear Mickey Mouse gets his eyeball sliced open with a razor.

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