I get the feeling that a lot of Disney fans wouldn’t know who Salvador Dali is let alone know that he made a cartoon for Disney. Let’s just say that his style was all his own and it might not have been the kind of thing you’d want to see in a Disney cartoon on average. But then again some Disney cartoons have pushed the envelope before so it’s not too bad by comparison. Salvador Dali was the kind of individual that didn’t just dance to the beat of his own drum, he changed the instrument, the tempo, and the overall quality of the music he followed. In other words a lot of people thought that he was crazy and quite eccentric in his ways. Somehow though it seems that all artists are in some way, shape, or form.
Dali’s cartoon, Destino, is filled with imagery depicting the quest for meaning in life, companionship, and the idea of meeting someone no matter what obstacles fate puts in the way. That’s what I got out of, it might be different for someone else. There’s so much imagery here that to describe every little thing would would require a research paper riddled with theories and explanations that might take a bit too long. Dali was a man of vision, though his visions weren’t always shared by the public that he showed his works to. Some folks thought that he was brilliant and that his work was deeply thought-provoking. Those that didn’t understand it either tried to find meaning or just passed it by. As far as Dali making a Disney cartoon, it almost seems like an adult version of Fantasia, or at least a small segue within the overall film.
I don’t mean that it deals with adult content, more like adult ideals, abstract thinking, and the like. Trying to figure it all out would take a few viewings no doubt, and a good amount of time to really put some though into what you’re seeing. It’s well rendered and very easy to watch, but the ideas that are attempting to be pushed through are either very easy or somewhat complicated. This creates a shifting plot that eventually reconciles with itself but throughout the piece is vague and then precise, as though it’s attempting to sort itself out piece by piece until the end when the viewer can finally get the true understanding of it.
I can kind of see why this wouldn’t be included in Disney’s stable of animated features but at the same time there have been a few controversial notes in the symphony of Disney films that have come along throughout the years. This one wouldn’t have been much different, but then it would have mattered more depending on the era in which it was released. Parents have been notoriously fickle about the material their kids are exposed to throughout the years, though in the current era their standards have relaxed quite a bit in some cases. By now this might actually be acceptable.
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