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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?


LOGO GIMMICK: As the fisher boy was trying to get to the moon, a bee (Presumably Barry) comes up to the fisher boy and he tries to get the bee to leave him alone, but then the bee stungs the fisher boy's hand, and causes him to land on his crotch on the top of the moon and then lands on his head on the bottom, and then he falls off and starts screaming as the bee lands on the moon as the "Dreamworks Animation SKG" logo appears. See more »


Commercial jet airplanes of that size usually are going faster than 500 miles per hour, and the fastest insect (not the bee) only goes at about 30 miles per hour. See more »


Title Narrator: 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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Entourage: The Cannes Kids (2007) See more »


Pomp and Circumstance
Written by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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Frequently Asked Questions

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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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