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"Have you the grass here that sings, or the bird that is blue?"- The Blue Bird, Maurice Maeterlinck.
Mytyl (Shirley Temple), the bratty daughter of a woodcutter, finds a unique bird in the Royal Forest and selfishly refuses to give it to her sick friend. That night she is visited in a dream by a fairy named Berylune who sends her and her brother Tytyl to search for the blue bird of happiness. To accompany them, the fairy magically transforms their dog Tylo, cat Tylette (Gale Sondergaard), and (lantern) Light (Helen Ericson) into human form. The children have a number of adventures including a visit with their (deceased) grandparents in the Land of the Past, a stay in The Land of Luxury, an attack by angry trees and lightning in a forest fire, and a meeting with Father Time, young Abraham Lincoln, and their future sister in The Land of Tomorrow (unborn children). The dream journey makes the previously unhappy and selfish Mytyl awake as a kinder girl who has learned to appreciate all the comforts and joy of her home and family.
Do not be lulled into believing that just because the deadening American city of dreadful night is so utterly devoid of mystery, so thoroughly flat footed, sterile and infantile, so burdened with the illusory gloss of baseball-hot dogs-and-Chevrolet, that it exists outside the psycho-sexual domain. The eternal pagan psychodrama is escalated under these so-called modern conditions precisely because sorcery is not what "20th century man" can accept as real. -James Shelby Downard