Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dali's Destino is Finally Available!!

I've noted on here before regarding the stunning artwork and animation of Salvador Dali's collaboration with Walt Disney for a short that was originally to appear in the film Fantasia.

Now, after 64 years, we can finally watch Destino in the comforts of our home on our large screen HDTV's! According to Usa Today's Pop Candy: This week marks the Blu-ray release of Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 Special Edition, Disney's animated epic. While that's pretty cool in itself, one of the extras is worth noting: the landmark collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, Destino.

Work on Destino, a seven-minute animated short, began in 1946 but wasn't completed and released until 2003. It contains many hallmarks of the surrealist painter's work: melting timepieces, telephones, figures morphing into each other, even the "ants in the hand" trick seen in 1929's Un Chien Andalou.

The Fantasia release contains the film in its entirety, along with a feature-length documentary about the making of the piece (and why it took so long to complete).

You can watch it on YouTube. I love how such care was put into this film that you can watch it 20 times and catch new images with each viewing. (I recommend seeing it both with the music on and off.)

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