Bee Movie

Year: 2007
Production Co: Dreamworks Animation
Studio: Paramount
Director: Steve Hickner
Producer: Jerry Seinfeld
Writer: Jerry Seinfeld
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Matthew Broderick, Renee Zellweger, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Larry Miller, Rip Torn

This seemed like a weird movie for an auteur personality like Jerry Seinfeld to get involved with when it could have come from a no-name screenwriting and directing team, churned out from any of the big studio animation divisions.

It's a one joke movie as newly graduated bee Barry (Seinfeld), his life mapped out for him making honey, finds himself in the human world and – upon discovering that humans eat honey – decides to file a class action lawsuit again them.

In one way it's the kind of thing a purely Hollywood audience was likely to relate to (sue everybody for anything), but in another it's just like every other computer animated movie about talking animals the era spawned with the pop culture-referencing jokes, the same fine detail in the CGI and not much else.

There are a couple of laughs, and the biggest leap the movie takes is in having the bees actually speak English so the humans understand them. It leads to a friendship between Barry and florist Vanessa (Renee Zellweger), who helps him on his quest. It isn't afraid to get absurd within its own construct (watch for the plane landing sequence), but a few edges don't make for anything terribly outstanding.

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