The Blue Bird (1940)
Based on a play by Maurice Maeterlinck, this fantasy stars Shirley Temple as a young girl who leaves home in search of happiness (The Blue Bird of Happiness) and meets up with many interesting characters on her adventure. After she journeys all over Fantasia, she comes to find the bird at her very own home. This Technicolor feature received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.
as Mytyl Tyl
as Mummy Tyl
as Mr. Luxury
as Angela Berligot
as Fairy Berylune
as Father Time
as Wild Plum
as Tyltyl Tyl
as Mrs. Luxury
as Granny Tyl
as Grandpa Tyl
as Studious Boy
as Mrs. Berlingot
as Maple Tree
as Little Sister
as Daddy Tyl
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for The Blue Bird
Lavishly elaborate, but too leaden and allegorical for childre, this 1940 Fox fantasy was one of Shirley Temple's biggest commercial flops.
Colorful, but failed attempt to emulate fantasy world of "Wizard of Oz," starring Shirley Temple.
Audience Reviews for The Blue Bird
The 20th Century Fox "answer" to "The Wizard of Oz", which was released the year after that film, is an odd little Shirley Temple vehicle. The story centers around two children and recalls the weird germanic fairy tales and eastern european folk stories of long ago. Mytyl (Temple) and her brother Tyltyl catch a bird in the royal forest one day. Instead of giving the bird to her sick little friend, she selfishly keeps it for herself. Later at dinner, she complains about how poor her family is and how miserable she is. After being sent to bed, the film undergoes a black-and-white to technicolor transformation (ala The Wizard of Oz). When the children wake up, they are asked by Fairy Berylune to find a blue bird. Fairy Berylune gives them several companions to aid them on their quest by turning their dog, Tylo and cat, Tylette into humans, as well as creating a human version of their lantern named Light. To find the blue bird, they first travel to the past (where they meet their very clingy dead grandparents), to the land of luxury (where they meet Mr. and Mrs. Luxury, who give the children everything they want but love), and to the future (to heaven, where all the unborn little boys and girls live, waiting to be born). It's all a little bit simplistic and childish, but I think that's the point. Kids today might get a little creeped out by certain aspects of the movie, but overall, it's pretty cute (weirdly cute).More
Borderline ghoulish fantasy. A huge flop in its day, Shirley's first, and its easy to see why the film is loaded with references to death and dying, it was supposed to be Fox's answer to The Wizard of Oz but there's no way this morbid entry could every approach that classic.More
Discuss The Blue Bird on our Movie forum!