The China Plate

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The China Plate
Silly Symphonies series
Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Music by Frank Churchill
Animation by Johnny Cannon
Rudy Zamora
Jack Cutting
Frank Powers
Dick Lundy
Ben Sharpsteen
David Hand
Jack King
Backgrounds by Carlos Manriquez
Emil Flohri
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Color process Black and white
Running time 7 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Mother Goose Melodies
Followed by The Busy Beavers

The China Plate is a 1931 Silly Symphonies animated film.


The short is based on the Willow pattern legend, with some major differences, including a dragon. There is an oriental scene, the Willow pattern on a china plate, that comes to life, telling the story of two young lovers who are disturbed. First, they have to deal with an angry and overweight Emperor who is the girl's father. He chases after them because the boy disturbed his rest and disapproves of him near his daughter. The two children are then chased by a fire-breathing dragon that eats the emperor (he thought the dragon's open mouth was a cave entrance).[1]


  1. ^ "Disney Shorts:1931: The China Plate". The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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