The China Plate
Silly Symphonies series
Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Music by Frank Churchill
Animation by Johnny Cannon
Rodolfo 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. In the short, there is an oriental scene (Willow pattern) on a China plate that comes to life. Once it comes to life, it then tells the story of two young lovers who are disturbed by not only an overweight Emperor but also a dragon that not only eats the emperor but also breathes fire.[1]


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

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