Shieber: Disney, Dali, and baseball

From SABR member Tom Shieber at Baseball Researcher on November 26, 2015:

Iconic surrealist Salvador Dali had a fascination with baseball. “About the game, I know nothing,” said the Catalan painter. “But as an artist, I am obsessed.” Few realize that this obsession was to manifest itself in a short film that Walt Disney asked Dali to create in collaboration with Disney’s unparalleled stable of illustrators and animators. Dali was to provide the story line and original artwork, while the folks at Disney, most specifically artists John Hench and Bob Cormack, would mold the concept into a full-fledged, animated short. The film was to be called “Destino,” the title of a Mexican ballad written by Ray Gilbert and Armando Dominguez that served both as an inspiration for the work, as well as its soundtrack.

The project began soon after the end of World War II. Despite a flurry of activity during the nine months in which the project was embraced by both Disney and Dali, by mid-1946 the film was shelved, most likely due to financial concerns. And while Dali and a number of Disney artists created dozens of works of art, only a very short sequence of the film was completed. The rest of the concept remained within the head of the genius Dali and upon a number of Disney storyboards.

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Originally published: November 30, 2015. Last Updated: November 30, 2015.