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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The blue bird of the title was paid $50 a day, and flew away from a Los Angeles aviary soon after the movie was finished. See more »

Goofs

Obvious young stunt double when Tylette is doing aerial spins in Luxury's living room. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come Little Children
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edward B. Powell and Frank Tresselt
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Ambitious perhaps, but one watches not knowing what tone was intended
7 March 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Shirley Temple's last lavishly-produced starring vehicle at 20th Century-Fox didn't come close to equaling the success (financial or otherwise) of 1939's "The Wizard Of Oz" from MGM (who had tried, unsuccessfully, to star Temple as Dorothy). This curious enterprise, based on the play, would seem to have a great deal in common with "Oz" (it even begins in black-and-white and turns to color), but the crucial elements of an identifiable plot are missing, and the young girl at the center of this story is consistently petulant. It was a fundamental error to make Shirley Temple unsympathetic; as the scowling, complaining daughter of a poor woodcutter, she wakes one night to an elderly fairy-woman knocking on her door and soon finds herself and her little brother on a search to find the Blue Bird of Happiness. The production is quite grand, but the saturated colors don't gleam and the set-designs are vast without having a sense of wonderment. As for Temple, she's a little bit stiff and self-conscious (odd for her), though her mature sarcasm in the prologue is very funny. Remade (disastrously, yet amusingly) as a musical in 1976. **1/2 from ****


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