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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Barry B. Benson (voice)
Renée Zellweger ... Vanessa Bloome (voice)
Matthew Broderick ... Adam Flayman (voice)
Patrick Warburton ... Ken (voice)
John Goodman ... Layton T. Montgomery (voice)
Chris Rock ... Mooseblood (voice)
Kathy Bates ... Janet Benson (voice)
Barry Levinson ... Martin Benson (voice)
Larry King ... Bee Larry King (voice)
Ray Liotta ... Ray Liotta (voice)
Sting ... Sting (voice)
Oprah Winfrey ... Judge Bumbleton (voice)
Larry Miller ... Buzzwell (voice)
Megan Mullally ... Trudy (voice)
Rip Torn ... Lou Lo Duca (voice)
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Storyline

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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Honey just got funny. 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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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de uma Abelha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,021,044, 4 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,631,277

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,594,577
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Rock's second DreamWorks Animation movie after Madagascar (2005). See more »

Goofs

Although a large enough swarm of bees could theoretically generate as much lift as a jet liner, the bees would have experienced "vacuum" forces between themselves and the body of the jet at the speeds depicted, rather than generating lift, like two ping-pong balls being drawn together by blowing a stream of air between them. See more »

Quotes

Adam Flayman: You met someone? Was she beeish? Not a wasp! Your parents will kill you. Is she a cicada?
Barry B. Benson: Nah.
Adam Flayman: Is it a spider?
Barry B. Benson: You know, I've never been attracted to spiders. I know they're the hottest thing around, with the eight legs, but I just can't get past that face.
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Barry stings the fishing boy, causing him to fall away, and then takes his place on the moon in the DreamWorks Animation logo. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.26 (2009) See more »

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Thinkin' Bee
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Jerry Seinfeld
Performed by Matthew Broderick & Jerry Seinfeld
Produced by Marc Shaiman
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Patchy children's animation
1 January 2008 | by FramescourerSee 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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