Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Dali and Disney. Disney and Dali.

Two names you wouldn't expect to go together.

But go together they did, at least for a few months. As the story goes, in 1945 Disney approached Dali with an idea.  Disney wanted to create a short film based on a Mexican folk song called Destino, a song that would play over the animation. He wanted Dali to create it. Y'see, at the time, ol' Walt was chafing from criticism that his films were too populist, and lacked any kind of genuine artistry, so he sought out the World's most famous surrealist, and Dali was completely on board. He loved the idea. The unlikely duo reportedly struck up an enduring friendship.

But not a film.

Disney shut down production after only a few short months. I don't know why. There wasn't much done on the project at the time, all that remained of the weird collaboration was a 15 second demo reel and a few hasty sketches. The project had been secret, so for years it was all but forgotten. Finally, in 2003, Disney got a wild hair up their ass, and hired a team of French animators to create a six minute short film based off of the fifty-some year old project's bits and pieces. The result garnered them an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film, but they ended up losing to an entry from Australian that was both claymation AND arty.

How could they compete?

Whatever, anyway... Here's the synopsis: The film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time and the inability to realize his desire to love for a mortal. Dalí said: "Entertainment highlights the art, its possibilities are endless." The plot of the film was described by Dalí as "A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time." Walt Disney said it was "A simple story about a young girl in search of true love."

Let's watch.

Well, that was not bad. It was pretty. The song was nice too. Mostly though, honestly, it felt a lot like what I would imagine if someone said: "Imagine a cartoon by Salvador Dali." This was pretty much it. Not to dismiss it, of course. It was nice, really nice. It definitely looked good, it was just... very "melting clocks", y'know? 

Mostly, it felt like fluff.


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