- Considered Fox's answer to MGM's Wizard of Oz, The (1939), the film was an expensive failure and marked the end of Shirley Temple's unimpeachable star power. Audiences found the idea of Shirley playing a nasty character hard to swallow.
- Gale Sondergaard was originally cast as the Wicked Witch in 'The Wizard of Oz' but instead took the more glamorous role of Tylette the Cat in this film.
- The blue bird of the title was paid $50 a day, and flew away from a Los Angeles aviary soon after the movie was finished.
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