Bee Movie is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner, the film stars the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton, and Chris Rock in supporting roles.
Fresh out of college, Barry the Bee finds the prospect of working with honey uninspiring. He flies outside the hive for the first time and talks to a human, breaking a cardinal rule of his species. Barry learns that humans have been stealing and eating honey for centuries, and he realizes that his true calling is to obtain justice for his kind by suing humanity for theft.
- Although some may argue that the bee-human relationship is not sexual and it is between a talking bee and a human therefore making it consented, it is still extremely weird to have a bee-human relationship in a film.
- Lots and lots of bee puns that will get on your nerves.
- The movie will leave you with many questions and plot holes:
- Why would bees have cars? Bees can pretty much fly anywhere.
- Why does Barry not know that you'll have the same job your whole life when you're a bee?
- How did Vanessa and Ken get all the way home in just 2 minutes?
- How does Barry know what coffee is but not know what windows are?
- If "not talking to humans" is a major bee law, how does Barry gets no repercussions or punishment for breaking it?
- The bees decide to stop making honey because of having way too much. However, they have no reason to stop pollinating.
- Someone claims that the Pasadena parade has the "last flowers in the world." But Barry's lawsuit only affected the USA; bees in other countries are presumably still pollinating flowers as usual.
- After winning the case, all the honey that the humans had is returned to the bees thanks to Barry; However, there is a big difference between the natural bee-made honey and the human modified honey that's sell in stores since they contain various types of chemicals and saturated fats that only humans are able make, if Barry took the human-made honey to all of the hives, it's likely that many of them ended up sick.
- The film somewhat feels like a Seinfeld reunion in disguise due to having the same team as the show itself.
- The movie has no real direction: At first it's about Barry not knowing what to do professionally, then it's about him falling in love with Vanessa, then it's about Barry suing the humans for stealing their honey, and so on. There's really no main story.
- Ken looks very uncanny since he looks a lot like Bruce Campbell.
- Ken is also very unlikable.
- The film used Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet without permission from Disney.
- While Barry's anger is understandable, he takes it out a bit too much as he attempts to sue the entire human race.
- While Jerry Seinfeld's voice acting is good, he sounds way too old to play Barry.
- Even Patrick Warburton's voice performance can get a bit tiresome as, while he does a good job as always, is when he starts yelling.
- Despite being funny to some and the humor is still great, there are some infamous scenes, such as:
- Layton accusing Barry of being Vanessa's sex partner. (Are you her little...bed bug?)
- Barry stating that every bee is each-other's cousin, which is an incest joke.
- Barry imagining Vanessa crashing a plane on accident and her exploding.
- The "Living out our lives as honey slaves to the white man?!" joke.
- When Barry suggests to Vanessa to do a suicide pact.
- This line: "That's your queen? That's a man in woman's clothes! That's a drag queen!"
- The ending, while it is good, doesn't portray a bee's work in a realistic way.
- Despite its problems, it's a slight improvement over Shrek the Third.
- It's nice to see Jerry after being on Seinfeld.
- As with all of the most DreamWorks movies, Bee Movie has wonderful and realistic animation that is very impressive.
- Barry is a cool and likable protagonist who tries to do good at his job as a pollen jock, and makes an iconic friendship with a human, and he develops an understandable anger towards humans since they steal their honey. He can even be a role model since he shows that you have to stand up for your community.
- The idea of a bee meeting a human, he becomes friends with and suing people for stealing their honey is quite an original premise, but it is poorly executed.
- The soundtrack and the voice-acting is very good.
- Chris Rock's mosquito character is very funny.
- It shows the importance of bees and their pollination, as when the bees successfully sue humans, the trees and flowers becomes wilted and depressing, which shows that the reason nature is so pretty is because of bees.
- A good message, the message being that all life is valuable because we each play a major part in our ecosystem. Everyone has an important role in society. Bees are essential to our survival, and they can do so much more than win Supreme Court cases.
- The humor is great, which is most likely due to Jerry Seinfeld, a popular comedian, working on the film, and his contributions are considered one of the best parts of the film.
- Plenty of hilarious scenes like the bathroom brawl.
- Interesting cameos from Larry King, Ray Liotta and even Sting.
- It is one of the most famous movie memes, spawning memes such as "Ya Like Jazz?", "That's a drag queen!" and "According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly...". In fact, the entire script itself is a meme.
Bee Movie has received mixed-to-negative reviews (according to Wikipedia), although some YouTubers consider it good. It also received a ratings of 6.1/10 on IMDb, a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 54% on Metacritic. Unfortunately, most of Bee Movie's reviews are joke reviews due to the meme status of the film, as it became a cult following.