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Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barry B. Benson (voice)
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Vanessa Bloome (voice)
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Adam Flayman (voice)
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Ken (voice)
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Mooseblood (voice)
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Janet Benson (voice)
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Martin Benson (voice)
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Bee Larry King (voice)
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Ray Liotta (voice)
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Sting (voice)
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Judge Bumbleton (voice)
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Buzzwell (voice)
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Trudy (voice)
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Lou Lo Duca (voice)
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When the bee Barry B. Benson graduates from college, he finds that he will have only one job for his entire life, and absolutely disappointed, he joins the team responsible for bringing the honey and pollination of the flowers to visit the world outside the hive. Once in Manhattan, he is saved by the florist Vanessa and he breaks the bee law to thank Vanessa. They become friends and Barry discovers that humans exploit bees to sell the honey they produce. Barry decides to sue the human race, with destructive consequences to nature. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for mild suggestive humor, and a brief depiction of smoking | See all certifications »

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2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de uma Abelha  »

Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,281,393 (UK) (14 December 2007)

Gross:

$126,597,121 (USA) (8 February 2008)
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Both of Barry's nemeses are voiced by stars of films produced by Dreamworks' rival, Pixar. John Goodman, the voice of the opposing council, had the lead role in Monsters, Inc. (2001). Patrick Warburton, the voice of the human who almost killed Barry, was the title character in Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000). See more »

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The "laws of aviation" from decades ago explained the flight of large objects such as airplanes and birds but failed when applied to really small objects like bees. Modern laws of aviation do explain the flight of bees. See more »

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Barry B. Benson: This is your queen? That's a guy in women's clothes! That's a *drag* queen!
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Cinematic Visionary Dinner Companion - Steven Spielberg Deus Ex Machina (Hand of God) - Jeffrey Katzenberg Wife Support System - Jessica Seinfeld Pizza Consultant - Chris Bianco See more »

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Referenced in Frank TV: Money in the Frank (2007) See more »

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Here Comes the Sun
Written by George Harrison
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Produced by Bill Bottrell
Sheryl Crow appears courtesy of A&M Records
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[ Insert "bee" pun here ]
1 December 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Bee Movie has its moments of brilliance, but they are few and far between, and I think what weakens this movie the most is the fact that most other movies have already beaten it to its punches. There's nothing too original here. Most notably, it bears many similarities to the 1998 animated film, Antz, starring Woody Allen as the insect living in a perfectly functioning society who begins to question his importance in the greater scheme of things. And much like DreamWorks' previous animated film, Sharktale, featured many fish-themed puns, Bee Movie tries the same thing, except with bee puns, and you'll learn fairly quickly that there's not a lot to work with in that area. And, let's face it: Larry King has appeared as himself in so many movies that the gimmick itself has become an irritating cliché. Here he is, in complete bee form. I think they've taken him as far as he can go.

Altogether, though, Bee Movie is not without its charms. It does eventually find itself in some odd, uncharted territories (could a bee really fall in love with a human?), there are plenty of funny moments, and yes, even some of those puns work. Jerry Seinfeld, who has taken a lot of pride in writing, producing, acting in, and promoting the movie, does do a very good job voicing the main character. You sometimes feel like these actors doing voices for cartoons are just phoning it in, but Seinfeld gives a surprisingly energetic performance. I could picture him mimicking Barry B. Benson's movements in a recording booth as I heard his voice; it's obvious he was passionate about every aspect to the movie. The rest of the cast does a good job, too: Renee Zellwegger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, as well as John Goodman in a brief role, who once again proves what an amazingly talented voice actor he is. Whenever there's a need for a big, burly character, John Goodman is the go-to guy, because, well, he IS a big, burly character. Ray Liotta's cameo was also a highlight, and much more inspired than King's cameo.

It may not be a perfect movie, or the most original, and for a 90-minute run-time, it kind of drags on a bit, but for all that it is, I can't say that it wasn't entertaining. It won't go down in the history of greatest animated films, but it may be a decent way to spend a rainy day, when you can't go out and fly.

My rating: 6/10

P.S.

If you're knowledgeable about your animated films, you may remember the slight controversy surrounding Finding Nemo, which inspired a few children to flush their fishes down the toilet so they could "free" them into the ocean. Bee Movie just may plant some worse ideas in kids' heads. Keep an eye out for news stories about children getting stung by bees after trying to make friends with them once they see the movie. Maybe Larry King could do a special about it.


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