Bee Movie

November 2nd, 2007


Bee Movie

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Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue us.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.2/10 (45,486 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Steve Hickner

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick

When the bee Barry B. Benson graduates from college, he finds that he will have only one job for his entire life, and absolutely disappointed, he joins the team responsible for bringing the honey and pollination of the flowers to visit the world outside the hive. Once in Manhattan, he is saved by the florist Vanessa and he breaks the bee law to thank Vanessa. They become friends and Barry discovers that humans exploit bees to sell the honey they produce. Barry decides to sue the human race, with destructive consequences to nature.

Writers: Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten

Jerry Seinfeld - Barry B. Benson (voice)
Renée Zellweger - Vanessa Bloome (voice)
Matthew Broderick - Adam Flayman (voice)
Patrick Warburton - Ken (voice)
John Goodman - Layton T. Montgomery (voice)
Chris Rock - Mooseblood (voice)
Kathy Bates - Janet Benson (voice)
Barry Levinson - Martin Benson (voice)
Larry King - Bee Larry King (voice)
Ray Liotta - Ray Liotta (voice)
Sting - Sting (voice)
Oprah Winfrey - Judge Bumbleton (voice)
Larry Miller - Buzzwell (voice)
Megan Mullally - Trudy (voice)
Rip Torn - Lou Lo Duca (voice)

Taglines: On November 2 Hold on to your honey


Official Website: DreamWorks Animation [United States] | Official site [Spain] |

Release Date: 2 November 2007

Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $38,021,044 (USA) (4 November 2007) (3928 Screens)

Gross: $126,597,121 (USA) (10 February 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Both of Barry's nemesis are voiced by stars of films produced by Dreamworks nemesis, Pixar. John Goodman, the voice of the opposing council, had the lead role in Monsters, Inc.. Patrick Warburton, the voice of the human who almost killed Barry, was the title character in Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): It is mentioned that Ken's face puffs up when he's around bees during the beginning. But later when he's interacting with Barry, he shows no signs of any allergic reactions.

Vanessa: Why don't you just fly everywhere? Isn't it faster?
Barry B. Benson: Flying is exhausting. Why don't you humans just run everywhere, isn't that faster?
Vanessa: I see your point.

User Review

Ignore the critics. We had a great time.

Rating: 8/10

Is the Bee Movie the best animated movie we've ever seen? No. But, defying the critics, I took my 11 year old daughter (who didn't really want to go) and my 5 year old son to see the movie and we all really enjoyed it. Most importantly, the story and humor of the movie operates at multiple levels, so it appealed to all of us at our individual age level.

What is beyond dispute is that the visual feel of the movie is incredible. Some of the bee hive interior and flight scenes were just breathtaking. My kids were spellbound.

To me the best judge of a movie is how fast it moves along. This one kept us all entertained throughout and its 90 minute running time felt like half that. So, ignore the critics, and take your kids. They'll have a great time, and even if you're not a Seinfeld fan, so will you.


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