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Bee Movie (2007)

Bee Movie

Director:
Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith

Starring:
Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman

Other notable appearances:
Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Larry Miller, Megan Mullally, Rip Torn, Michael Richards, Jim Cummings

Running time:
91 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Antz, A Bug’s Life, Madagascar 

 

When bee Barry Benson (Seinfeld) breaks bee law by bee-friending human Vanessa (Zellweger), he discovers humanity’s dark secret. Honey.

Barry takes on the legal system to sue humanity and stop the honey farming.

To be honest, this isn’t the type of bee movie I usually watch. It’s usually a lot gorier and more hyphenated. However, I do love animated movies so I thought I would give it a go.

I enjoyed Bee Movie! It was a cute animated film that also teaches young viewers to respect others despite their differences and the importance of bees to the environment. It helps this second point along by also showing how much worse a bee sting is for the bee.

The voice work was performed by a stellar cast. Jerry Seinfeld was Jerry Seinfeld. If you’re a fan, then this role should not disappoint. Renée Zellweger had a great voice for the role of Vanessa. I love Matthew Broderick’s voice work in this film as Barry’s friend Adam. Broderick’s musical number with Seinfeld at the end of the film’s credits was a pleasant treat too.

Chris Rock is one of my favourite comedic actors so when I heard Mooseblood start talking I was thrilled. Bee Movie features some great deliveries from Rock. Patrick Warburton plays the complete opposite of Kronk (The Emperor’s New Groove) — the role for which I best know him — and does a superb job. Over the top, lots of yelling and lots of trying to swat Barry.

With Jerry Seinfeld as one of the writers behind Bee Movie, there is a lot of humour. There are times where it feels like jokes are forced in where they don’t really fit. While this doesn’t detract too much from the overall enjoyment of the film, it can get a bit tiresome.

Bee Movie features an interesting plot, a great cast and lots of jokes. It’s definitely worth watching if you enjoy films that cater to your inner child.

Rating: 3/5

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. It’s wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway, because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.”

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