November 7, 2007 > Bee Movie-What's the Buzz?
Bee Movie-What's the Buzz?
By Rajiv Samagond
Over the past month or so, it's been impossible to pick up any entertainment publication and not see a story describing the animated feature "Bee Movie" as the return of Jerry Seinfeld. It is a clever and cute cartoon with lively animation and a plot that holds until fairly close to the end.
A graduate of his hive, Barry Benson (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) is heading off to his job procuring honey for his community of bees. On a tour at the honey factory, he finds out that bees work at one job for their whole life, which makes him unhappy at the thought of such a bleak career. He learns that bees have not had a single day off in 27 million years! "Are you trying to work us to death?" he asks. "We sure hope so!" replies a cheery tour guide.
When an opportunity to leave the hive presents itself, Barry takes it. However, outside the hive, he gets lost, and his life is saved by Vanessa (Renee Zellweger), a florist in New York City. On a shopping trip with his new friend Barry discovers that humans have been stealing honey - the fruit of bees' work - for profit. Shocked, he investigates this treachery and decides to sue the human race for stealing the bees' honey.
Throughout the movie, his timid and well-behaved pal Adam (Matthew Broderick) is constantly at his side urging Barry to just conform. Court scenes are funny and well made. The movie takes an interesting twist after the court case when bees stop working and the environment suffers as a result. This movie might make people more aware about the importance of bees to the environment and how their absence can affect our life way in a big way.
Bee Movie is packed with voices from famous personalities - Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick and Patrick Warburton., as well as cameos from Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock, and John Goodman among others.
Though it lacks a strong script, the movie makes up for this deficit with very good animation. Panoramic views of New York City are just superb and the inside layout of the hives and the system used by bees to make honey are very detailed and creative. In one of the jobs, bees wear a hat with a finger on it and use it to get the drop of honey left on the edge of the cup.
Loaded with insect puns, "Bee Movie" is, for the most part, clever and generates a pleasant buzz. Definitely one I'd invite my family to see.
"Bee Movie" is rated PG for mild suggestive humor. Runtime: 90 minutes.