Ray Baxter Senior reviewer
Computer animation movies are not usually my first choice when I head to the theater, but being a fan of Jerry Seinfeld, I was hoping this would be entertaining; I was not disappointed.
In addition to sharing the writing and producing, Seinfeld also provides the voice for Barry B. Benson, a recent graduate from what would be the equivalent of high school for bees. Barry and his best friend Adam (voiced by Mathew Broderick) are discussing their future. In the bee society, working life is pre-ordained -- to be employed by the only employer in the hive, a honey-making organization called Honex. But this is not for Barry, as he wants to travel outside and see the world.
Barry gets his chance and ends up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (at this point I was half expecting George, Elaine and Kramer to show up) and is immediately confronted with human life situations, such as being stuck on a tennis ball during a match and then sharing a truck's windshield with a talkative mosquito (voiced by Chris Rock).
Then Barry decides to break the bee cardinal rule and he speaks to a human. She is a florist named Vanessa (voiced by Renee Zellweger). Through Vanessa, Barry learns that humans systematically take honey from bees, package and sell it in the local supermarkets. Understanding how hard bees work, Barry decides to bring legal action upon the "human race" so they will stop stealing the honey.
"Bee Movie" takes pot shots at a variety of celebrities, including three who portray themselves. While the Oprah character is amusing and Ray Liotta's is hilarious, the one you have to love the best is rocker "Sting" if for nothing else, than being so appropriately named for this movie.
Experts will tell you the animation in "Bee Movie" does not meet the levels of Pixar or Dreamworks, but I thought it was just fine.
This is a fun movie that crams quite a bit of sly humor and slick references in its relatively short 81 minutes.
If you enjoy the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld, I think you will enjoy this movie. However, be prepared, for this is not a movie about nothing -- it's about bees.
Troy Wayland Teen reviewer
Amazing, comical, fun
"Bee Movie" is a funny flying adventure. There is never a dull moment with the buzzings and sweet excitement.
The pickup lines that the characters have are quick and precise, making their jokes and punch lines funnier than ever.
The movie is completely animated.
The main bee, Barry B. Benson is voiced by Jerry Seinfeld, who also directs.
At the very start of the movie the narrator said that it's impossible for bees to fly because of their tiny wings and fat little bodies, but bees don't care what humans think is impossible and "that's where we take flight."
Barry is no ordinary bee. On his first day of work he stands out from the rest because he doesn't want to do what the rest of the beehive bees do for a living. He wants to see the world and all the flowers.
When he finally gets out and sees the world (of course this is all from a bee's perspective and view) his adventures begin.
The special thing about Barry B. is he can talk. All the bees talk to each other and they can talk to humans but they don't, because it is a bee law of course, not to talk to humans, because just think what if a bee came bumbling along and started talking to you, all honey would break loose.
Barry B. breaks the no-talking law and forms a relationship with a human. They end up going through the movie working as a team to fight the human race for a good reason, but I don't want to spoil the movie and tell you.
I found this to be an amazing, comical, fun, family movie for everyone to see.