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The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  15 January 1940 (USA)
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Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

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Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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15 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pájaro azul  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When the group is in the Cemetery, Tylo jumps in the shallow grave instead of falling in. See more »

Quotes

Mytyl: Can she talk, too?
Tylette: Well, naturally. If the dog can.
Mytyl: Oh, Tylette, I'm so glad! We've got to find the blue bird!
Tylette: The blue bird?
Tylo: I'll come! I'll help you!
Tylette: You'll come too, won't you, Tylette?
Tylette: Why not? It might be amusing.
Tylo: I don't like the way she said that.
Mytyl: Why, Tylo!
Tylo: We shouldn't take Tylette along. She's treacherous.
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Version of The Blue Bird (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come Little Children
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The Best Movie Ever
15 April 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie a couple of times and I just can't get enough. I simply love it, since I was a little child. I watched it for the first time when I was a teenager in the 80's and I still love it. All the characters are special to me, even the cat. She is mean but we can learn from her that we cannot trust everyone that says they're our friend. The dog is amazing. Always trusting. Someone you really can rely on. And the bird, of course, which is a metaphor for happiness. Maybe it's not in the past or future but here and now. Maybe it's within us, but never out there, or somewhere we've never been to, or someone we've never met.


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