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The China Shop

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : January 13, 1934

Running Time : 8:23

Synopsis

Closing time at "Ye Olde China Shop" brings the china pieces to life in a series of formal and informal dances, until a china demon threatens to steal the show.

Characters

China Shop Storekeeper
China Shop Clock
Three Monkeys
The Beer Steins
China Boy
China Girl
China Demon
China Ostrich
China Peacock

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Art Babbitt
Ben Sharpsteen
Cy Young
Roy Williams
Jack Kinney
Louie Schmitt
Leonard Sebring
Dick Lundy
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Dick Heumer
Archie Robin
Layout
Albert Hurter
Story
Bill Cottrell
Music
Leigh Harline
Character Design
Albert Hurter

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Walt Disneys Musikhitparade
France
Silly Symphonies Volume 2
Italy
Silly Symphonies
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Silly Symphonies

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Silly Symphonies

Laserdiscs

Japan
Silly Symphonies : Limited Gold Editions

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies

Blu-Ray

Beauty and the Beast : 3 Disc Blue Ray + DVD Combo Pack

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 24: Symphonic Silly Symphonies
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 49
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 2, 1955

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : As a shopkeeper closes his store for the night, his china pieces come to life. Two Victorian figures dance until a china satyr kidnaps the girl. The boy figure saves the girl, but the fight damages most of the store's china. When the owner returns the next morning and sees the damage, he changes the signs on the china to "antiques" and raises the prices. The cartoon is nicely animated and brightly colored - but nothing all that special happens in it for me.
From Matthew Cooper : I have written a comment on The Clock Store short too, and in it I said that it was very similar to this cartoon. Anyway, I just love this short! (I have since I saw it in third-grade.) The reasons I like this cartoon are very good ones, they are as follows: the colors (this would definitely not have worked in black and white,) the music (great music choices for each part) and the artwork (the way the backgrounds change as the parts do, like when the male-Victorian figure is fighting the centaur, all the china in the background is gasping and later cracked and broken.) to sum it up, I find it amazing that I loved this short at age 7 and still have it on my favorites list at age 53!

100% awesome, no doubt.


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