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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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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

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

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

Quotes

Royal Forester: Hey, there! Who goes there?
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Referenced in Without Reservations (1946) See more »

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Lay Dee O
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Ambitious perhaps, but one watches not knowing what tone was intended
7 March 2006 | by 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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