China Plate, The (film) Silly Symphony cartoon; released on May 23, 1931. Directed by Wilfred Jackson. A painted Chinese scene on a plate comes to life with a boy fisherman saving a young girl from drowning when she tries to capture a butterfly. A Mandarin chases the boy and girl after the boy accidentally jumps on him trying to capture the butterfly. They escape when the Mandarin runs into a cave, which turns out to be a dragon’s mouth. They escape from the dragon when the boy rolls a huge boulder, which the dragon swallows. The boy and girl return to his fishing boat and kiss, as the China plate again becomes just a plate.