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Maya the Bee Movie (2014)

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Maya is a little bee with a big heart! Join her on an epic adventure.

Director:

Alexs Stadermann

Writers:

Waldemar Bonsels (characters), Fin Edquist | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Willy (English version) (voice)
Noah Taylor ... Crawley (English version) (voice)
Richard Roxburgh ... Flip (English version) (voice)
Jacki Weaver ... Buzzlina Von Beena (English version) (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... The Queen (voice)
Andy McPhee ... Hank (English version) (voice)
Coco Jack Gillies ... Maya (English version) (voice)
Justine Clarke ... Miss Cassandra (English version) (voice)
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... Thekla the Spider / Nurse (voice)
Cosma Shiva Hagen ... Frau Kassandra (German version) (voice)
David Collins ... Arnie (English version) (voice)
Constantin von Jascheroff Constantin von Jascheroff ... Eddy (German version) (voice)
Nina Hagen ... Gunilla (German version) (voice)
Shane Dundas ... Barney (English version) (voice)
Glenn Fraser ... Kurt (voice)
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Storyline

Freshly hatched bee Maya is a little whirlwind and won't follow the rules of the hive. One of these rules is not to trust the hornets that live beyond the meadow. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected and Maya is thought to be their accomplice. No one believes that she is the innocent victim and no one will stand by her except for her good-natured and best friend Willy. After a long and eventful journey to the hornets hive Maya and Willy soon discover the true culprit and the two friends finally bond with the other residents of the opulent meadow. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abelha Maia - O Filme See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first version of this story was made in 1925 with its writer, Waldemar Bonsels assisting the production. Produced in Germany and released under the title, "Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer" and released in Britain as "The Adventures of Maya". It used micro-photography of real insects to tell the story. The last remaining nitrate 35mm print of the British version is owned by a Scottish archive who made a super 8mm reprint in 2000. See more »

Goofs

When Flip is introduced to Maya and it cuts to the scene in which he shows Maya the meadow, his antennae are missing. In the next scene they are back again. See more »

Quotes

Willy: Maya, not so fast! I forgot to tell you the most important bee saying of all: "You should always wait for Willy!"
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Connections

Version of Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer (1926) See more »

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Maya Dance
Written by Gert Verhulst, Hans Bourlon, and Johan Vanden Eede
Performed by Myra Maud
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Great movie for preschoolers
31 October 2014 | by maracSee all my reviews

No violence whatsoever, an uplifting message (hatred comes from fear and fear comes from lack of understanding), an intelligent story, beautiful pictures and animation, humor adjusted to the level of small kids. I found not a single flaw in this movie. My 3 and a half year old daughter was delighted.

Of course, and this results from the above, adults should prepare themselves for an hour and a half nap. This is not "Shrek", people. But this is no reason to lower the rating of a movie that is clearly directed at preschoolers.

Some people complain that they did not find it as amusing as the original Maya series 30 years ago. Of course they didn't! They were 4 years old back then and now they are 30+. So how could they feel the same emotions?

My rating: 10/10


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