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Bee Movie (2007)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Matthew Broderick and Experienced Voice Actor Jim Cummings 2nd Animated film together, after The Lion King (1994), of which was also Broderick's second animated film after the Princess & The Cobbler. See more »

Goofs

In the court scene, the defendant (or the company representatives) says their opening statement first, when the prosecution (the bees) actually delivers their opening statement first. See more »

Quotes

Barry B. Benson: Three days of grade school, three days of high school...
Adam Flayman: Those were tough days.
Barry B. Benson: ...three days of college, I'm glad I took a day off in the middle to hitchhike around the hive.
Adam Flayman: You did come back different.
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Crazy Credits

The Ending Credits drift in a zig zag manner and bees fly about. See more »

Alternate Versions

The British version is cut by 20 seconds. Dreamworks were required by the British Board of Film Classification to remove "a potentially dangerous and easily imitated technique involving materials that are readily available in the average household". The "dangerous and easily imitated technique" involved the ignition of an aerosol can to form a makeshift flame-thrower - this is replaced by a shower head in the UK version. They were not given the choice of releasing the film uncensored at a higher age rating because the film was aimed at younger viewers. See more »

Connections

References Toy Story (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Un-Bee-Lievable
11 February 2019 | by StGabriel97See all my reviews

The "Citizen Kane" of bug movies. My only regret in life is that I cant see this movie for the first time again, and yet upon each re-viewing I find myself peeling back more and more of the metaphysical layers to this enthralling epic of tragedy and redemption.

Jerry Seinfeld delivers an Oscar worthy performance as Barry B. Benson, local hive schlub and opportunistic apis mellifera, he aims to please both his personal needs for love, passion and adventure, as well as his parents wishes for stability and success. The results can bee bittersweet, and downright hilarious at times, and ultimately enriches the audience with its tantalizing charm and wit.

As far as political agendas go, "Bee Movie" dares to not shy away from allusions of Eco-Fascism and the Socialist working class struggle, and faces the Globalist honey collecting hordes head on through judicious and peaceful means. The political influence derived, serves as a peak into a Beewellian realm, governed by a beenevolent dictator aiming to seize the rights of Honey distribution worldwide, yet maintaining a clear Social Hierarchy, both in hive and out. Fascinating audiences worldwide, "Bee Movie" is nothing less of a manifesto, and a warning of what to bee prepared for in a hypothetical future. As far as I'm concerned, I welcome the thousand year hive with open arms, and think we'd all bee better off sticking one to big honey.

Black and Yellow! Hello! I give this instant classic two antennas up.


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