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      The Blue Bird

      G Released Jan 19, 1940 1h 28m Kids & Family Fantasy List
      Reviews 71% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A naughty little girl (Shirley Temple) dreams she and her brother are sent by a fairy to find the bluebird of happiness. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Renee Schonfeld Common Sense Media Shirley Temple fantasy has some scares, outdated ideas. Rated: 3/5 May 23, 2013 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Lavishly elaborate, but too leaden and allegorical for childre, this 1940 Fox fantasy was one of Shirley Temple's biggest commercial flops. Rated: C+ Jun 13, 2012 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Colorful, but failed attempt to emulate fantasy world of "Wizard of Oz," starring Shirley Temple. Rated: 4/5 Mar 22, 2008 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) It's not at all a bad movie -- it's just not a lot of fun. Rated: 4/5 Oct 22, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Deke P 1940 SHIRLEY TEMPLE! Always so adorable, and such a great little actress! This came out a year after The WIZARD of Oz, and it seems a bit in response. It's like a costumed fairy tale, a little girl on a quest through a magical land Giving it 4 stars, cuz little Shirley was always awesome. Never heardo til saw on the TV set late nite 12.5.23 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review Mike P This is an excellent movie that has been criminally under-rated over the years. I'm not sure why everyone dislikes this movie; but it's a very imaginative and entertaining vision quest movie: along the same lines as The Wizard of Oz. Shirley plays Mytyl, the bratty daughter of a local woodcutter in a small German town during the Napoleonic wars. Her father is called to duty; much to the chagrin of the family! And then bad luck serendipitously plagues the town in the forms of death, poverty, hunger. Mytyl is then visited by fairies in the night who task her with finding the mysterious and legendary Blue Bird of Happiness; who is kind of a messenger from God; and who can grant her and the town solace, peace and prosperity if captured. The bird can also save her father from the ravages of war.... Shirley goes on a quest to Fairyland to find this mythical bird; and she is aided and abetted by her brother; her household cat which has been transformed to human form; along with other household objects and things that have been transformed (a la Cinderella) into helpers on her journey. This story is awesome-- full of fun and amazing moments. I loved the evil cat; and the heavenly lair of unborn children; and all the other anthropomorphic beasts and creatures they meet along the way. And the ending is original and unexpected too. It's a great movie! Granted, it's not as good as the silent film original; but it's still quite good; a great companion piece to Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. P S. The original silent movie was recently designated by the National Registry as being "culturally or historically significant". So you owe it to yourself to see this version or the awesome original! They're both long lost classics; hidden, forgotten gems from the past that deserve to be dug up, polished off and rediscovered!! Verdict: ūüĎć Highly Recommended!! ūüź¶ Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/21/23 Full Review ashley h The Blue Bird is an okay film. It is about a woodchopper's children who are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness. Shirley Temple and Nigel Bruce give decent performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Walter Lang did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the adventure and humor. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Shirley Temple ofrece un papel at√≠pico interpretando a una ni√Īa antip√°tica en "El P√°jaro Azul", una pel√≠cula familiar y de fantas√≠a, 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 ni√Īo Johnny Russell, Eddie Collins (quien interpreta al perro Tylo) y especialmente Gale Sondergaard, como la gata Tylette. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Shirley Temple ofrece un papel at√≠pico interpretando a una ni√Īa antip√°tica en "El P√°jaro Azul", una pel√≠cula familiar y de fantas√≠a, 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 ni√Īo Johnny Russell, Eddie Collins (quien interpreta al perro Tylo) y especialmente Gale Sondergaard, como la gata Tylette. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Shirley Temple fantasy has some scares, outdated ideas. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A naughty little girl (Shirley Temple) dreams she and her brother are sent by a fairy to find the bluebird of happiness.
      Director
      Walter Lang
      Producer
      Darryl F Zanuck
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 19, 1940, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 28m
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