Jerry Seinfeld Returns... Bearing Bees
|"Bee Movie" (2007).|
|Barry at his graduation.|
He has various adventures, but things start to get dangerous after he runs into some humans and he decides to return home. Flying home, it begins to rain, and Barry flies into a window, landing on the windowsill. Trapped inside the house, he narrowly escapes death before being rescued by florist Vanessa Bloome (Zellwegger). After thinking about it, Barry goes back to thank Bloome, and the two become fast friends. His bee friends and family, and her human friends, though, think this relationship is scandalous.
|A window proves to be an impassable barrier for Barry.|
|Vanessa Bloome likes what she sees.|
|Mooseblood, voiced by Chris Rock.|
|Barry buzzing along with Vanessa.|
|"Pollen Jocks" Pollinating flowers.|
|Without bees, there can be no flowers.|
Everybody is safe and non-threatening, from the genial Broderick to the dramatic Megan Mullally. "Bee Movie" is more cerebral than most animated films, relying on thoughts and relationships to entertain rather than slapstick humor and lots of action. As such, it is reminiscent of "Seinfeld," and has that off-handed charm that infused that television series.
|Barry and Vanessa enjoying a rest together.|
Another problem is the sheer weirdness of implying some kind of romantic relationship between a bee and a human being. It is simply difficult to get too worked up about whether bees are upset about how people use their honey. Also, there are inconsistencies, with Barry being a tiny insect at times, but then, as in the picture above, suddenly human-sized. Yes, nit-picks, but details like these are important to audiences. That "Bee Movie" did as well as it did is probably as much due to the film's spritely charm and friendly cast as with anything else.
|Sting makes a cameo appearance because, you know, his name is Sting.|
|Barry helpfully decides to give a cow some friendly advice.|
Below are two videos: the first is a trailer from "Bee Movie," and the second is an alternative ending to the song "Here Comes the Sun" as sung by Sheryl Crow. There have been rumors of a sequel, but nothing definitive.