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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.


Alexs Stadermann


Waldemar Bonsels (characters), Fin Edquist | 3 more credits »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Let the bee adventure begin


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Did You Know?


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 »


When Maya and Willie meet the dung beetle he's standing on his feet and pushing the dung ball as he walks forward. In actuality dung beetles move their dung balls by standing on their hands (or rather their front legs) and pushing it with their hind legs as they walk backwards. I shudder to think how many of our little darlings had the wrong information in school after seeing this movie! (just kidding - great movie for kids) See more »


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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Followed by Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb (2021) See more »


Here Comes Maya the Bee
Written by Johan Vanden Eede, Gert Verthulst and Hans Bourlon
Performed by Myra Maud
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User Reviews

Loved it! Such a great kids movie.
19 October 2014 | by SoClaPeSee all my reviews

I loved this film. The story was great, the characters were lovable and I thought the message of the film (be yourself and just because someone is different from you doesn't mean you can't be friends) was a great one for little kids. It never resorted to being too corny either which I appreciated. The voice actors did a great job and the whole cinema was laughing out loud in parts (the ant soldiers played by the umbilical brothers were particularly great). I even got a little teary near the end! A movie that is enjoyable for both kids and parents a like.

I think the crew and the director did a fantastic job and I would recommend this to anyone with little ones in their life. Maya the bee is this year's Finding Nemo!

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Release Date:

8 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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