June 2, 2003 – The Short Film Destino Premieres at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival
“It is a little different…for us, but I’m enormously proud that we’ve done this because it is about who we are as artists, how long our history is and how long we respect it.” – Roy E. Disney
On June 2, 2003, the special short feature Destino kicked off the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film was a long time in the making, beginning as a collaboration between Walt Disney and artist Salvador Dali in 1946. Although storyboarded for eight months, the film was mysteriously stopped and never brought to the light of day again, until Roy Disney championed its completion in 2002. The film was finished at Disney Studio France, which then garnered the attention of Annecy’s artistic directors. Complications arose in the completion of the project, as the contract between Disney and Dali stipulated that Disney possessed the storyboards, but didn’t own any aspect of the project until the movie was made. Using a portfolio of 80 sketches and a 15-second film reel. The completed short is a mix of 2D and CG animation, with the CG being used to replicate Dali’s “plastic” style. The film would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The story for the film was developed by Dali and John Hench, and features the song “Destino,” written by Armando Dominiguez. The song was performed by Dora Luz.