The China Shop (1934)

The China Shop ReviewThe China Shop Review

The China Shop is a 1934 Disney short film in the Silly Symphony series. It is a visually arresting film.

The animation here is absolutely phenomenal. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the best animated Silly Symphony up to this point in time. The character designs are fantastic as both the old man and those china antiques look detailed and realistic. The style is excellent and the highlight has to be its meticulous approach in the china antiques themselves as they for instance glister at some parts. That is so admirable.

In terms of storytelling, it is pretty solid, albeit far from inspired. I loved the beginning and that ending is just so clever and very funny, but everything that came in between wasn’t that great. Some action parts were excellent, but most of the fights and the conflict were expected. But it is overall well crafted and well told and those scenes such as its sophisticated ending help elevate the material a lot.

The China Shop is gorgeously animated, while also being mostly very well told with a very clever ending.

 My Rating – 4

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