The Blue Bird
The Blue Bird (1940)

When Darryl F. Zanuck's arrangement to loan Shirley Temple to MGM as star of The Wizard of Oz fell through, Zanuck hastily assembled a lavish Technicolor vehicle for his diminutive star which, he hoped, would match Wizard in popularity… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 19, 1940
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Shirley Temple fantasy has some scares, outdated ideas.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's not at all a bad movie -- it's just not a lot of fun.

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Emanuel Levy

Lavishly elaborate, but too leaden and allegorical for childre, this 1940 Fox fantasy was one of Shirley Temple's biggest commercial flops.

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Steve Crum

Colorful, but failed attempt to emulate fantasy world of "Wizard of Oz," starring Shirley Temple.

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Devon Bott
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.… More
Sarah Prisbylla
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)
jay nixon
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… More
Anthony Valletta
A great fantasy movie.