Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination Exhibit

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Walt Disney's wild ride with Salvador Dalí, coming to Disney Family Museum.

Even though their styles and personalities where dramatically different, these two visionaries both had fascinations with fantasy. The Spanish surrealist artist and creator of Mickey Mouse had a short-lived partnership that led to a life-long friendship.

Starting next month, it will all be on display in the exhibition "Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination," running July 10-Jan. 3, 2016, at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and then it will move to the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The project that brought the animator and the artist together shortly after World War II was an animated feature titled "Destino," which was not completed until long after the deaths of the collaborators.

According to Mercury News: "While collaborating with Hench to produce more than 200 storyboards and sketches for "Destino," Dalí struggled to come up with a plot that made sense to Disney. The differing views of the two began to crystallize in a 1946 interview, in which they were asked about "Destino." Dalí described it as "a magical exposition of life in the labyrinth of time"; Disney saw it as "a simple love story -- boy meets girl."

Disney and Dalí could not seem to get over their artistic differences and after spending over 70K on the project, Walt decided to scrap it.

"Destino" was finally finished in 2003 after Walt's nephew, Roy, hired French director Dominique Monfery to complete what Dali left behind with the help of computers. Don Hench, one of Disney's top animators, then in his 90s, also helped animators figure out where Dali was initially headed with the story.

The professional split didn't ruin their friendship, with both men forming a friendship throughout the years.

Destino" was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 for best animated short film.

The exhibit will include "Destino" storyboards, letters exchanged between the two men, photographs, voice recordings and rarely seen artwork, including a drawing of Don Quixote that Dali did for Disney in 1957 inside a book, Shakespeare's "MacBeth."

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Interested in visiting? The exhibit runs from July 10-Jan. 3 at Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., the Presidio, San Francisco, 413-345-6800 or www.waltdisney.org. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Mon. $20, $15 students and seniors, $12 ages 6-17. Exhibition moves to Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2016