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The Blue Bird (1976)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  5 April 1976 (USA)
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A pair of peasant children, Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, are led on a magical quest for the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness by the Fairy Berylune. On their journey, they are accompanied by... See full summary »



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A pair of peasant children, Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, are led on a magical quest for the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness by the Fairy Berylune. On their journey, they are accompanied by the humanized presences of a Dog, a Cat, Light, Fire, Bread, and other entities. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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A cavalcade of magic. A carnival of fun. The Blue Bird is magic for everyone.


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Release Date:

5 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Pássaro Azul  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


$887,000 (USA)

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Kids & critics turned up their noses, but film-buffs should get a kick out of it!
9 April 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Remember those awful, English-dubbed "Pippi Longstocking" movies from Sweden where everyone was manic, grinning, out of step and out of tune? "The Blue Bird" is full of the same clueless qualities, only it was directed by George "My Fair Lady" Cukor and stars Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Cicely Tyson, and Jane Fonda! Filmed in Russia (with the assistance of a Russian crew and Russian rubles), this musical remake of the Shirley Temple chestnut defies explanation. Amateurish--and yet fascinatingly so--the movie is heavier than bricks and is never seamless; it feels patched together by a child's hands. I remember watching this on HBO many years ago several times, always in stunned, mind-numbing shock. Taylor (in four roles!) goofs around a little and she's fun to watch, Fonda has a pithy few minutes as Night, and Robert Morley is energetic without camping it up as Father Time; everyone else is out to sea. Forgettable, and needless, songs by Irwin Kostal and Andrei Petrov. Connoisseurs of bad cinema should feast on this for ages. Hey, terrible flicks can be fun, too! ** from ****

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