Item description for Bee Movie (Widescreen Edition) by Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith & Jerry Seinfeld...
"Bee Movie" is a comedy that will change everything you think you know about bees. Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice---honey. As he ventures outside of the hive for the first time, he breaks one of the cardinal rules of the bee world and talks to a human, a New York City florist named Vanessa (Renee Zellweger). He is shocked to discover that the humans have been stealing and eating the bee's honey for centuries. He ultimately realizes that his true calling in life is to set the world right by suing the human race. That is until the ensuing chaos upsets the very balance of nature. It is up to Barry to prove that even a little bee can spell big changes in the world.
Outline There aren't a lot of choices in a bee's life: a bee attends a few days of school, graduates from college, and chooses a job in the hive that he'll labor at for the rest of his life. Barry (Jerry Seinfeld) is different from his best friend Adam (Matthew Broderick) and all the other bees: he wants to see the world outside the hive and can't begin to contemplate doing the same job for his entire life. Naturally, the life of the "pollen jock" bees appeals to Barry because it's the only job that takes a bee outside the hive and into the larger human world. Once outside the hive, Barry breaks the most sacred bee law and speaks to a human named Vanessa (Rene Zellweger) in order to thank her for saving his life. A relationship quickly blossoms and leads Barry to the discovery that humans are stealing honey from the bees and selling it for their own profit. Vowing to hurt the humans the one place they'll feel it, Barry brings a legal suit against the honey industry and the courtroom drama begins. There are some hysterical moments in the film, as one would expect from a Seinfeld production, and an abundance of one-liners, double-meanings, slapstick humor, and innuendo-laden dialogue that will keep adults guffawing throughout the show. Still, the whole concept of seeing the life of a common pest through non-human eyes is getting repetitive thanks to films like Ratatouille, Flushed Away, Open Season, and Over the Hedge. It should be noted, though, that this first foray into animation by Jerry Seinfeld was four years in production due to its collaborative nature, so its theme may actually have well predated all of the aforementioned films. Children ages 5 and older will love the bees' silly antics, though many of the jokes will go right over their heads and parents should be cautioned about some mildly suggestive humor. More than just a comical film about the life of one very different honeybee, Bee Movie is a social commentary that pokes fun at human behavior while stressing the importance of doing even the most menial job well and championing the power of working together toward a common goal. There's even a lesson to be learned from the bees about controlling one's temper. --Tami Horiuchi
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Actors: Jerry Seinfeld
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, Spanish, French, French, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
Running Time: 90.00 minutes
Record Label Dreamworks Animated
Format AC-3 / Animated / Color / Dolby / Dub
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.43" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Jan 17, 2012
Publisher WORD INC. (MUSIC) #38
ISBN 0012491942 ISBN13 0097361179445 UPC 097361179445
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Reviews - What do customers think about Bee Movie (Widescreen Edition)?
What a fun movie for the whole family!! Feb 18, 2008
My family & I saw this movie together and what a delight it was! I was pretty sure it would be really funny because of Jerry Seinfeld and we were not disappointed. The movie was everything you want a family movie to be - it has heart, lots of laughs, some very tender, moving moments, and some underlying messages. The ending of the movie actually surprised me a little with a clever examination of our own daily lives & the meaning therein.
One of the things that I particularly loved about this movie is its compassion for non-human life. It demonstrated, brilliantly, the complex & meaningful lives that non-humans (in this case bees) live, the contributions they make, which benefit all of us, and showed how interconnected we all truly are. The movie showed a person (wonderfully voiced by Renee Zellweger) treating the bee with respect, consideration and compassion and trying to teach others to do the same. Our world needs lots more of that, so I hope that movies such as this one work to get that message across and into the 'real' world, and I'm sure that they do... :)
Overall, this movie is an interesting & thought-provoking take on the life of the bees, which in many ways, can mirror our own lives, the decisions, the struggles, the highs, the disappointments, and most of all trying to figure out who we really are inside, what we are doing here, what roles we have to play & how it affects those around us...
Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
Depressing movie with confussing messages Feb 15, 2008
This movie was so weak. Jerry Seinfeld, who I love, is the main character. He plays a bee who becomes obsessed with the knowledge that humans are taking all their hard made honey. He goes to court and wins all the honey back. As a result, the bees stop working, flowers aren't pollinated, everything on the planet is dying.
So what is the moral? Is it wrong to steal others work, is it wrong to sue, is it wrong to relax when all the work has already been done? There were just a lot of confusing messages and very few positives.
It was a depressing movie with an ugly court case, like we needed another one of those. My family normally tries to collect every Disney animated movie that comes out, but not this one. I have no desire to ever see this movie again.
MALE worker bees? Not! Feb 6, 2008
Maybe I missed something, but I didn't notice a single reviewer point out the most obvious flaw in this movie: ALL worker bees are FEMALE, not male. Male bees are drones who DO NOT fly away from the hive to collect nectar or pollen. ONLY female worker bees do that. Drones stay in the hive and are fed and cared for by FEMALE worker bees, who also do all the other work in and out of the hive. The male drones' sole--ie, ONLY--function in life is to fly into the air and mate with new queens, after which they die. The only way this bizarre tale could have worked would be for a FEMALE worker bee to play the Seinfeld character, fall in love with a MALE human, then discover how humans are exploiting bees. This is what happens when story and screenplay writers and directors and studio personnel fail to do their homework. It's called research, folks, and it's essential to avoiding ludicrous situations like having MALE worker bees! Maybe Seinfeld could have played a real MALE person and Renee Zellweger could have played a real FEMALE worker bee who fell in love with him. Despite the other obvious flaws in this film, and they are many, at least the movie would have been biologically and scientifically correct.
B Minus: Its Parts Are Better Than the Whole. Feb 5, 2008
Golden-Globe nominated "Bee Movie" has received mixed reviews from the media. Opinion is divided even among the general viewers; some say it is entertaining and funny while others say it is unfunny, even boring. Perhaps this has something to do with the nature of the gags of the film, which contains one-liners and pop culture references (with cameos from Gordon Matthew Sumner aka Sting) as well as sight gags. Or perhaps it is that we need something more to make a feature film, something like a compelling story and credible characters.
Jerry Seinfeld (also co-producer and co-writer) provides the voice for the film's everyman-type protagonist, a bee named Barry B. Benson. The disillusioned hero cannot decide on his work after graduating from college (and he must do the same job until the day he dies). He then flies outside the hive in New York City, meets a florist Vanessa (voice by Renée Zellweger) and sues humans after watching how bees are "exploited."
Obviously the four writers are trying to do something original -- the tedium of the bee community that could have been a nightmarish dystopia; a suggested romance between a human and a bee; or a lawsuit that results in unexpected troubles for both humans and bees. All of them have a potential to be a theme for a feature film, but "Bee Movie" is not aware of that fact.
The film moves quickly from one set-piece to another, without developing these ideas at all. So we know Benson is romantically attracted to Vanessa, but the topic seems suddenly discarded in the third act. We are also told that bees are not supposed to talk to humans, but the rule is soon forgotten in the court room. They may be small things, but it is these details that draw the audiences into the film's world as much superior "Ratatouille" shows.
I enjoyed watching the film, but that was because I was impressed with the film's colorful visuals and designs, and some of the actions (flying sequences are impressive). "Bee Movie" is an enjoyable film, but you know this could be much better had it been made at another studio.
Awsome Movie for the Family Jan 24, 2008
This movie was great in the Theatre. I am looking forward to the HD DVD copy. Should be superior in Picture Quality & Audio Quality.
Anyway, why are people rating this HD DVD release when it hasn't come out yet? This movie only deserves 5 starts out of 5.