The Blue Bird

1940 G 1h 28m DVD

The Blue Bird

1940 G 1h 28m DVD
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Distraught when their father goes off to war, moppets Mytyl (Shirley Temple) and Tyltyl (Johnny Russell) set out to find the bluebird of happiness in this lavish fantasy. Accompanied by their beloved pets (played by Gale Sondergaard and Eddie Collins), the siblings journey to the past and the future, only to discover the joy they seek in the present. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.
Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Eddie Collins, Sybil Jason, Jessie Ralph, Helen Ericson, Johnny Russell, Laura Hope Crews
Walter Lang
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Blue Bird is a departure from the typical adorable Shirley Temple movie, with a few scenes which may frighten younger or more sensitive kids: a suspenseful walk through a dark graveyard, and a raging storm with fire and lightning that threatens the heroes. One leading adult character (transformed from a cat) appears to be killed in the storm. The film, based on a play from 1910, includes some notions that may seem simplistic and old-fashioned by today's standards. One concept is that the dead (in this case two grandparents) depend upon the thoughts of their loved ones so that they can come to life for short periods. Another story component shows a community of children (all Caucasian) who live in the clouds as they wait to be born, sailing off to their expectant families in a magical sailboat.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Two children walk through a spooky graveyard with eerie music and sounds of a raven and an owl; they're scared after a warning that the graves open and the dead arrive at midnight. A comedic chase sequence in a mansion shows people and objects falling. A massive storm with lightning and thunder results in a threatening fire from which the kids and their friends must escape. Trees fall; the fire comes very close; one woman appears to be trapped and killed in the fire.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Being grateful, being satisfied, and finding happiness with your own family and friends are promoted heavily in this film. Stated messages include: "You can't be unhappy inside yourself and not make others unhappy, too"; "If you're thoughtless and thankless, you'll never be happy"; and "It's not wise to spend too much time in [The Land of] Luxury"; and "We're not poor, we just haven't any money -- there's a difference."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mr. Luxury is shown with an adult beverage and a cigar as he reads.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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