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The genius Jerry Seinfeld is Barry the bee who realises humans are stealing honey, and subsequently decides to sue us. From DreamWorks animation.
- Teaser Trailer #1
- Teaser Trailer #2
- A Conversation With Barry B. Benson
- Behind The Scenes, Part 1
- Behind The Scenes, Part 2
Rating: G for general audiences
Where is the inspired humour? After years of painstakingly slow animation, no-one once realized that the lines "A rose tournament?! Roses don't do sports!" were really quite stupid. It's actually quite impressive just how little effort has gone into making this film original and engaging. A friend who missed the first five minutes guessed that the first shot involved Barry the Bee choosing what to wear out of a selection of identical black and yellow clothes. Yep, he was bang on.
The story is weak, and the climax involving a jumbo jet doesn't have anything to do with what came beforehand. The whole film is just an excuse for some weak watered-down jokes to be loosely strung together. In fact, the sheer pointlessness of the movie is quite staggering. Humans eat honey? So what?
Maybe it's just supposed to be some sort of thinly-veiled communist propaganda, using Barry's experience to champion the importance of employment and of being part of a system. Coming from union-heavy Hollywood, that's not surprising. But it certainly goes against the grain. Usually animated films are all about being different and standing out from the crowd. This one is about blending in and not speaking out of turn.
The only thing the film has in its favour is the intricate design of the beehive and its inner-workings. And also for the scene in which Barry first leaves the hive and zooms around New York, which is beautifully brought to life.
But ultimately Bee Movie will only be interesting to younger audiences who might not realize how cliched the gags are. And while the target audience might be amused for an afternoon, Jerry Seinfeld has certainly tarnished his reputation as a comedian. His first foray into animation is flashy but useless.
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Make a Bee line for the exit
This is what would happen if bees sued the world an alright movie but animation is so so and story line is the same leave this one for the under 7s