Disney and Dali

It is not a long stretch of the imagination to picture Salvator Dali as a fan of ‘Psycho’ and ‘Birds’ producer Alfred Hitchcock, or giggling manically at the somewhat strange antics of Harpo Marx, but it is really quite…well… surreal to find that he actually worked together with the totally benign family film maker, Walt Disney., who was one of his heros.

Salvador Dali at Musée d'art moderne, Céret

Dalí loved cinema and described Hollywood as the Dream Factory.

Together, Disney and Dali collaborated in 1945 to produce Destino, a short wordless film set to a Spanish song, featuring a ballerina in a desert landscape.

Due to financial problems, the unfinished film was put on the shelf, but the project was revived by Disney’s nephew Roy Disney, head of animation, and the short animated cartoon was finally released in 2003.


Quote by Dali in America
“I have come to Hollywood and am in touch with the three great American surrealists — the Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMille and Walt Disney,”



  1. The collaboration between Dalí and Disney was very interesting. There’s an excellent documentary that tells the story. One interesting point was when Disney said of Dalí that he was far from being the semi-deranged character he was often portrayed as. Disney said that he was no prima donna, and turned up every day for work and got on with it. At heart he was a hard working Catalan.

    Here’s the link:

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