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Bee Movie (2007)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  2 November 2007 (USA)
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Ratings: 6.2/10 from 98,773 users   Metascore: 54/100
Reviews: 201 user | 193 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

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:
Barry B. Benson (voice)
Vanessa Bloome (voice)
Adam Flayman (voice)
Ken (voice)
Mooseblood (voice)
Janet Benson (voice)
Martin Benson (voice)
Bee Larry King (voice)
Ray Liotta (voice)
Sting (voice)
Judge Bumbleton (voice)
Buzzwell (voice)
Trudy (voice)
Lou Lo Duca (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Born to bee wild. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de uma Abelha  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,565,462 (USA) (2 November 2007)


$126,597,121 (USA) (8 February 2008)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The animators spent thousands of hours observing bees to learn how to animate them and then drastically cartoonified them. See more »


It is mentioned that Ken's face puffs up when he's around bees during the beginning. But later when he's interacting with Barry, he shows no signs of any allergic reactions. See more »


Layton T. Montgomery: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my grandmother was a simple woman. She believed it's our divine right to benefit from the bounty of nature that God has provided us. If we were to live in the topsy-turvy world Mr. Benson imagines, think of what it would mean! Why, I'd have to negotiate with the silkworms for the elastic in my britches!
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Crazy Credits

The fishing boy in the traditional opening DreamWorks logo is replaced by Barry the Bee. See more »


References The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) See more »


Sugar Sugar
Written by Jeff Barry & Andy Kim
Performed by The Archies
Courtesy of Ron Dante
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User Reviews

Lighthearted Humor - Fun Movie
4 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a silly movie. It's goal is to make you laugh, and little beyond that. Indeed I laughed for most of the movie. It is hard for me to find much fault when I am laughing that much. That the last act had fewer jokes was a minor misstep. The characters were cute and the story didn't get in the way of the humor. And I kind of enjoyed the story, it was a little odd and funny.

It is unusual among animated movies in that its focus is jokes, kind of like a stand-up act. There are a lot of these jokes and they are quite funny! Does anything feel better than laughing? (OK, well very few things.) The story is mainly there as a vehicle for the jokes. So perhaps slightly different expectations will serve you well with this movie.

Don't go to this for a serious story! It is light humor, and at that game a great success. If you recognize that that is what the filmmakers are going for, then you will enjoy it. If you are expecting an incredible story or thrilling action or amazing animated beauty, then you might be disappointed.

As lighthearted humor with playful animation, and a great ending song, the film is a success.

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