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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Release Date:

15 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pájaro azul  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Helen Ericson won the part of Light after randomly meeting director Walter Lang on the studio lot, coming from another audition. He liked her look and granted a screen test, which landed a role in this film. See more »


When Tylette is doing aerial spins in the Luxury's living room, the performer is clearly not Gale Sondergaard but a much younger stunt double. See more »


Tylette: I know we've never been friends, but now we've got to work together. We can't allow the children to go through with this.
Tylo: Why not? Why can't we?
Tylette: Don't you see? We're free now! If they succeed and find the blue bird, we'll have to go back to what we were. Animals! Dumb slaves to man!
Tylo: That's the way I like it! Man is the master, and we must obey him.
Tylette: I always knew you were a fool.
Tylo: If they want to look for a blue bird or a pink owl, I'm gonna help them!
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Arranged by Edward B. Powell and Frank Tresselt
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Beautiful movie with an important message
6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After having watched this movie, for the life of me I can't figure out why this picture flopped at the box office when it was released in 1940. Shirley Temple plays Mytyl, a young girl who is not happy because her family is poor. She believes that if she were rich and had the luxuries that she has been denied in her life she will be happy. Her parents love her and try to teach her to realize how blessed she is with her loving family, but Mytly doesn't believe it's enough. Without giving the movie completely away she "dreams" that she goes to a magical land in search for the bluebird of happiness. If she can find the bluebird, then she will finally be happy. There is a true dream like quality to the film, and the set decorations are lavish and beautiful. Shirley is supported by a wonderful supporting cast such as Spring Byington, who plays her mother, Gale Sondergaard, who plays an evil cat come to life, and Nigel Bruce (usually remembered as Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes movies opposite Basil Rathbone) as Mr. Luxury. I love the fact that the movie tries to teach that true happiness is not found through riches and things, but found right at home, with the people we love. I have read that people felt that this was a "rip-off" of the Wizard of Oz which was released the year before, but even though there are some similarities in the story lines (young girl goes on a magical journey only to find her happiness is truly in her own backyard) but other than that, the similarities end. Both movies are beautiful and teach their lessons in their own magical way. If you have never seen this movie, and especially if you are a Shirley Temple fan, then you must see this movie. I was impressed...I think you will be.

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