Dilly Dalí

Surely one of the strangest collaborations in annals of the cinema has to be this short  created by Walt Disney’s brilliant animators and Salvador DalíDestino was begun in 1945 but financial woes at the studio put the project on hold.  When the Studio got on more stable footing it was not longer seen as a viable project; the short footage and storyboards by John Hench and Dalí paintings were put in storage.  In 1999 Disney’s nephew Roy unearthed the originals and set the project back on track.


Perhaps this unusual marriage of Disney and Dalí could best be summed up by each man’s view of the plot of the film:

Dalí: A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.
Disney: A simple story about a young girl in search of true love.

Many thanks to Kathleen for reminding me of this strangely beautiful piece of film.


On this day in 1583: Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.