Destino | France / USA | 2003 | Directed by Dominique Monfery
Destino (the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian word for "destiny") was storyboarded
by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dal?for eight months in late
1945 and 1946; however, financial concerns caused Disney to cease production. The
Walt Disney Company, then Walt Disney Studios, was plagued by many financial woes in
the World War II era. Hench compiled a short animation test of about 18 seconds in
the hopes of rekindling Disney's interest in the project, but the production was no
longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus.
In 1999, Walt Disney's nephew Roy Edward Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000,
unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. Disney Studios
France, the company's small Parisian production department, was brought on board to
complete the project. The short was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French
animator Dominique Monfrey in his first directorial role. A team of approximately 25
animators deciphered Dal?and Hench's cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the
journals of Dal?s wife Gala Dal?and guidance from Hench himself), and finished
Destino's production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench's
original footage, but it also contains some computer animation. The 18 second original
footage that is included in the finished product is the segment with the two tortoises.
Destino premiered on June 2, 2003 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in
Annecy, France. The six-minute short follows the love story of Chronos and the ill-fated
love he has for a mortal female. The story continues as the female dances through surreal
scenery inspired by Dal?s paintings. There is little dialogue, but the sound track
features a song by the Mexican composer Armando Dominguez.