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The Blue Bird Reviews

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April 18, 2016
Shirley Temple ofrece un papel atípico interpretando a una niña antipática en "El Pájaro Azul", una película familiar y de fantasía, dirigida de manera agridulce por Walter Lang ("A Little Princess"). Curiosamente, en esta mezcla entre "The Wizard Of Oz" y "A Christmas Carol", quienes se roban el show son los actores secundarios como el niño Johnny Russell, Eddie Collins (quien interpreta al perro Tylo) y especialmente Gale Sondergaard, como la gata Tylette.
½ June 1, 2013
Shirley Temple fantasy has some scares, outdated ideas.
August 3, 2012
Obvious Wizard Of Oz influenced movie here is somewhat overdosing on the sweetness, and does get dull at times, but this tale, about two kids trying to find the blue bird of happiness does have it's moments, such as the forest fire, and seeing Nigel Bruce. The silent version is better though.
January 10, 2011
minha mulher adora, mas confesso não ter interesse em assistir
Mr Awesome
Super Reviewer
½ 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).
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).
January 1, 2011
Loved this movie as a kid! This is a classic :).
½ October 14, 2010
THE BLUE BIRD (1940)
½ June 30, 2010
I loved this movie as a kid
½ May 29, 2010
Hm, not bad. really not bad but quite different and rival of Judy Garlands "Wizard of OZ" (and lost) but it has any fantastic scenes. Specially the burning forest was fantastic filmed.
½ 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.
July 25, 2009
Saw it before and really love her movies
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.
June 18, 2009
No more of these movies for me.
September 4, 2008
I love this movie. It is definately a childhood favorite.
½ August 5, 2008
I've seen this movie, and it's a cute kid movie.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2008
A great fantasy movie.
May 31, 2008
This is one of my favourite Shirley Films, another rainy saturday afternoon matinee specials, love it!!!
April 18, 2008
Great fairytale-esque fantasy film for the family. A bratty young girl and her impressionable brother from a poor family dream of being rich and living in luxury. One night a good witch appears to them and sets them off on a quest to find a bluebird which will bring them luck and good fortune. They must search in the past and the future and not get distracted or they will be stuck there forever. Shirley Temple's character Mytyl discovers her true nature on this journey and it consequently changes everything in her life.
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