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The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 15 January 1940 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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| (TCM print) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(first reel)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Fairy Berylune: What silly children you are not to know this lady! You've seen her hundreds of times. This is Light. Light, may I present Mytyl and Tyltyl.
Mytyl: How do you do, Light?
Tyltyl: How do you do?
Light: There's no need to be formal. We're old friends. Where would you like to go? I shall be your guide.
Mytyl: We're not sure where to go.
Fairy Berylune: Why don't you use your head? Hasn't it occurred to you that the blue bird might be hiding in the Past?
Mytyl: But where is the Past? Do you know the way?
Light: Why, of course. The Past is right behind us.
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Connections

Referenced in Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come Little Children
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edward B. Powell and Frank Tresselt
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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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