Destino is an animated short film that is a collaboration between Walt Disney and the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The music is by Mexican songwriter Armando Domínguez and performed by Mexican singer Dora Luz. 

Report by Karla Ingleton Darocas ( (c)

The six-minute short film tells the love story of Chronos and his unhappy love for a mortal woman named Dahlia. The story continues as Dahlia dances through surreal landscapes inspired by Dalí's paintings. The film was released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its final completion.

Destino was a screenplay by Disney Studio screenwriter John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí. It was worked on for eight months, from late 1945 to 1946. However, financial concerns caused Disney to abandon the production.

The Walt Disney Company, then called Walt Disney Studios, had many financial problems during the World War II. 

Hench put together a test version of the 18-second animated film in the hope of rekindling Disney's interest in the project, but production was deemed no longer financially viable and was postponed indefinitely.

In 1999, while working on Fantasia 2000, Walt Disney's nephew Roy E. Disney dug up the dormant project again and decided to bring it back to life. The short film was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Monfréy Dominique in his role as first-class director.

A team of about 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench's cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the diaries of Dalí's wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself) and completed the production of Destino. The end result is largely a traditional animated film that also includes Hench's original footage, but also features some computer animation.

The 18 seconds of original footage that went into the finished product are the segment with the two turtles, original footage that references the Tin Soldier sequence in Fantasia 2000, and an idea from Dalí who saw baseball as a metaphor for life.

Destino premiered on 2 June 2003 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France, and was very well received. It was awarded numerous prizes. In 2003 it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

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