BEE MOVIE (2007 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

The Bee Movie—great animated comedy—places itself in the highly imaginative category. There are a few “Why was that said?” moments that take away from the overall story; but the film is comical and entertaining. It’s a good family watch.

Storyline

Barry B. Benson (voice of Jerry Seinfeld) grows up, goes to college, and tours Honex Industries for a working position. But, when he finds that he can never change his position once he chooses it, Barry B. Benson looks a little deeper for a more challenging position. He finds that the soldier bees go outside the hive to bring in pollen for the processing of new jars of honey and talks to his friend, Adam Flayman (voice of Matthew Broderick), about joining the soldier bees. Adam warns Barry B. Benson that he does not seem to be ideally suited for soldier life, but Barry goes outside with the soldier bees to examine their work. He becomes lost and meets a human woman, Vanessa Bloome (voice of Reneé Zellweger). Bee law states that bees are not to talk to humans. Barry breaks the rule and not only talks with Vanessa; but develops a close relationship with her. On a trip to a grocery store, Barry discovers that bees work hard to supply humans with honey. He decides this is unfair and pursues a lawsuit to dissolve this seemingly unfair situation.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith. Thank you to Producers Jerry Seinfeld and Christina Steinberg for their efforts in making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Layton T. Montgomery (voice of John Goodman), Ken (voice of Patrick Warburton), Mooseblood (voice of Chris Rock), Janet Benson (voice of Kathy Bates), Martin Benson (voice of Barry Levinson), Bee Larry King (voice of Larry King), Ray Liotta (voice of Ray Liotta), Sting (voice of Sting), Judge Bumbleton (Oprah Winfrey), Buzzwell (Larry Miller), and Trudy (voice of Megan Mullally).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. I bought a ticket, enjoyed the concept, and found the conclusion innovative and well thought out.

Ben Meyers

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