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The Blue Bird Reviews

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Mr Awesome
Mr Awesome

Super Reviewer

January 7, 2011
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).
jjnxn
jjnxn

Super Reviewer

July 2, 2009
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.
Anthony V

Super Reviewer

July 18, 2008
A great fantasy movie.
Sarah P

Super Reviewer

November 17, 2007
A very different type of Shirley Temple movie - it's very fantastical with almost a Wizard of Oz-type feel (although not to that degree of greatness)
April 1, 2007
She was older in this movie, and i think that by trying to make her look babylike still they killed her career
January 10, 2011
minha mulher adora, mas confesso não ter interesse em assistir
Mr Awesome
Mr Awesome

Super Reviewer

January 7, 2011
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).
moviebuff18cab
March 15, 2005
THE BLUE BIRD (1940)
sherry9lee
December 28, 2009
Shirley Temple lost the part in The Wizard of Oz to Judy Garland. So then she was offered the role Mytyl in this fairy tale movie instead.

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl are the mean and selfish children of woodchopper's that one day captures a rare and unique blue bird in a cage, and refuses to let her sick friend to see it, and takes it home. When they wake up the next day (and suddenly the movie went from black and white to colored!) they find themselves in different world, and meets the fairy Berylune who sends them to search for the blue bird to earn happiness.
And many odd people, creatures and situations they meet on their search.

My favorite scene is when they visit heaven and meet all the children that are soon to be born, and they meet the girl who tell them that she will be their sister in a few years. And God would choose a few of the children every time and take them to a seperate room in the heavenly kingdom that he would send to earth. Every time he was about the choose, some kid always tried to sneak in, even though it wasn't yet their time.

And another nice scene was when they met Mr. & Mrs. Luxury, who was played by Nigel Bruce and Laura Hope Crews (you know, she who plays Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind).

Though it was a huge box office flop, I think it's a pretty good children's movie. I am a little bit older then the main audience this is intended to and I know I would have appreciate it even more if I would have seen this as a kid, but it's still worth 70% which is pretty good.
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