The buzz on “Bee Movie”

By Gus Bode

“Bee Movie”

Rated: PG

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Ren’eacute;e Zellweger


Directed by: Simon J. Smith

Runtime: 90 min.

In an era of re-made Disney films and sequels like “Shrek the Third,” “Bee Movie” is refreshingly novel.

The newest film from DreamWorks is cute enough for kids and clever enough to entertain adults, resulting in a brilliant mix of wit and color the whole family can enjoy.

Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) is the protagonist of “Bee Movie,” a recently graduated bee set to enter the work force – until he learns his only employment option is honey production.

Dreaming of grandeur, Barry decides to pursue adventures outside the hive.

Through a near-fatal incident with a “Timberland size 10.5 boot with a Vibram sole,” Barry meets Vanessa (Renee Zellweger), a New York City florist.


Bee-human interaction is forbidden in the bee world, but Barry enjoys the world outside the hive until he learns that humans are stealing and eating honey.

Hoping to right the injustice, Barry decides to sue the human race for the unfair treatment of bees.

Ray Liotta and Sting make cameo appearances in the film as witnesses in court – Liotta as the face of “Ray Liotta Private Select Honey,” and Sting defends his right to his stage name. John Goodman also lends his voice as the attorney representing the humans.

“Bee Movie” boasts some laugh-out-loud moments, though many of the jokes are bee puns that illicit more chuckles than true fits of laughter.

Funnyman Chris Rock makes an appearance as Mooseblood, a unique mosquito that may cause some audience members to have second thoughts about swatting the blood-sucking insects – or maybe not.

Kids will enjoy “Bee Movie” for its bright colors and great animation, such as that depicting the honey factory, which may remind older generations of viewers of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Parents will appreciate the movie for it’s clean humor and witty lines, as both Seinfeld and Zellweger perform well through their animated counterparts.

Though “Bee Movie” may not live up to the standard set by this summer’s “Ratatouille,” it’s still one sweet film.

Audra Ord can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 275 or [email protected].