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Bee Movie

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 10, 2008

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

91

Cast

Jerry Seinfeld

RenŽe Zellweger

Matthew Broderick

Studio

DreamWorks / Paramount

Still shot from the movie: Bee Movie.

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Overall B+
ViolenceB-
SexB
LanguageA-
Drugs/AlcoholB+
Run Time91

Making the Grades

Graduating from college in three days might seem like an awesome accomplishment---unless you're a bee with a condensed life cycle. Fresh from commencement exercises, Barry B. Benson (voice by Jerry Seinfeld) and his pal Adam Flyman (voice by Matthew Broderick) are introduced to the inner workings of the hive where each alumna gets a chance to pick his or her job in the honey factory.

Yet the thought of settling in for a lifetime of stirring honey, like his father (voice by Barry Levinson), seems overwhelming to Barry. So when the adventurous graduate gets a chance to form ranks with the pollen jocks and take a trip outside the hive, he's more than willing to go. It's there, in the big, broad world, that Barry makes two important discoveries. First he meets Vanessa (voice by Renee Zellweger), a gentle florist who saves him from an untimely death on the bottom of a boot. Secondly, he discovers that humans have been stealing honey from the little bumbling creatures and profiting from its sale.

Having already broken the insects' cardinal rule---never talk to humans---Barry abandons all bug protocol and, with Vanessa's help, decides to sue the whole human race for its injustices against the honeybee. It's an engaging and rollicking journey as Barry and his defense team takes on the high-powered lawyers of the food producers. However, the court case proves to have drawbacks for the hardworking members of the colony as well as the rest of mankind.

Dripping with cameo appearances from personalities like Sting, Ray Liotta and Larry King, the script is humming with parodies and humor for teens and adults. And while many of the veiled sexual jokes and obscure references to drug use will hover over the heads of younger audiences members, some may find the cartoon violence to be disturbing. One startling moment happens when a woman, believing she is dreaming, stabs herself in the hand with a fork. Later she considers forming a suicide pact with another unhappy member of society. Along with moments of peril for the bees, a Winnie-the-Pooh-like character is shot in the neck with a tranquilizer gun and a S.W.A.T. team assaults an old woman. Some brief moments of name-calling and a few irreverent religious comments are also included.

Still, the film comes with sweet messages about good work ethics and a purposeful life. From an environmental bent, the movie stresses the important but often unseen connection between humans and other creatures in the world. It also reminds viewers that there are often unanticipated consequences for choices.

Fortunately with all the laughs, these messages go down as smooth as honey. But parents, who want to avoid getting stung, need to "bee ware" some aspects of this animated hive may be unsuitable for those still in the larvae stage.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Bee Movie.

What is a symbiotic relationship? What does Barry learn about the connection between the bees’ activities and the outside world? How do those discoveries change his perspective about his mission in life?

By each doing their part, the hive inhabitants are able to accomplish a lot of work. What other commendable traits do the bees exhibit? What does it mean to “Think Bee”?

To learn more about the recently reported plight of bees, click on the following sites.

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/local/62258.php

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070223-bees.html

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB G
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Bee Movie...

DVD Release Date: 11 March 2008

Bee Movie comes to DVD in A Very Jerry 2-Disc Edition, which offers a swarm of bonus materials. Learn more about the production process with an audio commentary by Jerry Seinfeld and the filmmakers, and view lost scenes, and alternate endings. Meet Barry B. Benson, go Inside the Hive (for an introduction to the cast of Bee Movie) and discover the Tech of Bee. Other features include: TV Juniors, Jerry’s Flight Over Cannes, We Got the Bee (a music video), The Buzz About Bees, The OW!Meter, That’s Un-Bee-lievable, Be A Bee and Pollination Practice. There are also live-action trailers and previews, as well as DVD-ROM games and printables.

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