Bee Movie (2007)
September 11, 2023 11:47 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld), a bee who has 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 (Renée Zellweger), a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue us.

Also starring Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Larry Miller, Megan Mullally, Rip Torn, Michael Richards, Mario Joyner, Jim Cummings, Tom Papa, Carol Leifer, Jeff Altman, Tress MacNeille, John DiMaggio.

Directed by Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner. Written by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin.

50% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Netflix. JustWatch.
posted by DirtyOldTown (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

For a mass market, animated, four quadrant wide release, this is fucking bonkers.

I'm not gonna argue it's good, but it's so fucking odd, it has its moments. Human/bee romance! Ray Liotta as himself! Courtroom drama! (Kids love litigation, right?) It's so weird this ever got made.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:58 PM on September 11, 2023 [1 favorite]

The entire Bee Movie but every time they say "bee," it gets faster

After a couple minutes, we kind of have to take their word for that, don't we?
posted by Naberius at 5:30 PM on September 11, 2023 [1 favorite]

There's also a "B-side"
posted by abraxasaxarba at 8:04 PM on September 11, 2023

Bee Movie (2007)

When I saw that date, I thought surely that can’t be right — that is like a decade later than it arrived. I then realized that never having seen this particular CGIl insect cartoon, I had placed in the same mental box as Antz and A Bug’s Life (both of which I did see) and never thought to separate them.

So my thanks for challenging an unexamined assumption I had long had. Yay!
posted by ricochet biscuit at 5:18 AM on September 12, 2023

It's been a while since I saw this movie, but I still don't know what the hell it was trying to tell us. Human exploitation of bees is bad? Except that it turns out to be good because, apparently, without humans bees will stop making honey? Because they only do that to support human industry and not to, you know, produce food for the hive? The relationship between bees and humans can become less exploitative and more mutualistic through the rule of law? Bees and humans might be borderline sexually attracted to one another if only they weren't from completely different phyla?

The plot is all over the place and is only sort of coherent. Deeper message? If there is one, it's deeply confused.
posted by asnider at 8:06 AM on September 12, 2023 [1 favorite]

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