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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:
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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 3 mins) The trams at Barry's graduation say "Winger University" on the front. See more »


(at around 21 mins) 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 »


Vanessa: It's very hard to concentrate with that panicky tone in your voice.
Barry B. Benson: It's not a tone, I'm PANICKING!
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Crazy Credits

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


References WarGames (1983) See more »


Pomp and Circumstance
Written by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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User Reviews

Patchy children's animation
1 January 2008 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

As with many computer-animated films this is a sharply observed visual comedy grafted over hilarious voice-over. For about ten minutes. Then, amazingly, they run out of ideas. All the bee jokes are front-loaded and the film can't survive either on it's script - which has been left quite open for improvising - or on Seinfeld/Zellweger riffing - because that's a bit weak too.

I was waiting (along with 40 easily bored children, who didn't get the Pomp & Circumstance joke when I did, to my embarrassment) for some drama to cut in, rather like the revenge or rescue plots of the Toy Stories. The writing team are keen not to get in too deep and stick to the surface gags. Though these revive every so often, it's not particularly satisfying over 90 mins. 4/10

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