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A well-loved German book created by Waldemar Bonsels, which was made into an {{animated adaptation}}, as well as a live action film. [[WTHCastingAgency Starring live insects]].

''Maya the Bee'' follows the life of [[CaptainObvious Maya, a honeybee]] and her friends Willy, also a honeybee, and Flip, a grasshopper.

The animated ''The Adventures of Maya the Honeybee'' is probably the best-known incarnation. It was originally created in Japan between 1975 and 1979 with a total of 104 episodes over two series with 52 episodes each, but [[NoExportForYou only 55]] of these were ever broadcast in North America during its run in the early [[TheNineties 90s]] (with 45 the episodes in the dub from the first series and 10 from the second). The series itself has been dubbed into over 40 languages all around the world and has even spawned a number of video games.

The premise of the anime was that Maya was tasked to collect pollen for her hive, but she [[GoneHorriblyRight ended up doing such a good job]] that she gathered ''all'' of the pollen around her hive, and there was none left. The queen bee then sent Maya further away from the hive in search of more pollen.

A new Maya cartoon with 3D rendered graphics aired in 2014 for 78 episodes of 13 minutes each, with AndreaLibman in the title role. According to [[http://www.studio100animation.net/series/maye-the-bee/ Studio 100 Animation's webpage]], another season consisting of 52 episodes is currently in production.

In Fall 2014, {{Creator/Studio100}} (the current rights holders) released a film starring the character called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faxsvLsBdOE "Maya The Bee: The Movie"]] which was released in Germany on September 11, 2014, with an English version released in Australia on November 1, 2014, and in the U.S. (direct-to-video) on May 19, 2015. At some point in 2015, the film was made freely available to stream for members of Amazon Prime and has since garnered a massive amount of positive attention. The movie aired on Creator/{{Sprout}} that summer, followed by the TV series in September.

The British dub[[note]]As opposed to the Saban's original U.S. dub[[/note]] can now be seen on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. All of the shows episodes are available. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1RB5nagawU&list=PLwQyoTjGiCPvQuREgcSgX_JDmOC3_yIaP&index=1 The episodes can also be viewed here.]]

!! This work provides examples of:
* AlternateContinuity: The 2014 movie, despite using the same character designs from the CGI series, isn't connected to the 2012 series, having its own story.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: There are four different theme songs to each incarnation when the series got an animated adaptation.
** The Karel Gott theme present in every version of the anime except the America,Italian, and Japanese versions
** The Japanese theme was also used in the Arabic dub
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNS4utJDb8s The original Japanese intro,credits, and background music]] were also pretty different compared to most versions of the anime. The credits is even translated as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fngx5nphNAk "Maya's Lullaby"]] which explains why the characters are sleeping while riding a leaf unlike the other versions where it's set to an upbeat version of the shows theme except in the Spanish and Italian ones where has it's own original theme music,
** The CGI reboot uses the Karel Gott version sang by a different German singer while the other dubs were new.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Most of the dubs for the anime uses the German soundtrack and background music. While the original Japanese version is mostly quiet and had some emotional music when things got pretty terrible. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhAbLGKmdkU Even the Japanese intro and credits sounded more cute and relaxing]] compared to the Jazz and orchestrated music used for the credits and intro in most versions of the anime. The original Japanese audio is kept in the Arabic dub.
* ArtEvolution: Maya's head design and facial design started looking from a circle in season 1, into oval shaped in season 3 in the original anime series. Also in Season 3, when ever Maya would get very upset or angry. Her eyebrows would start showing up compared to the earlier episodes where she would show expressions with her pupils.
* AnimalTalk: Despite being [[FunnyAnimal Funny Insects]], the main characters never talk to humans. It can be presumed they're communicating using some form of insect speech.
** Specifically, they communicate through complicated dances.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In one episode of 3D series, insects are lifting a tree trunk with a lever by pushing the shorter arm. This would make necessary force bigger.
* BeeAfraid: Subverted, most of the bee characters seen in the series are mostly nice and kind. The Bee General who showed up in episode 30 of the anime was more grouchy and rude with Maya and Willy but later becomes friends with them.
* [[BeYourself Bee Yourself]]: In the CGI movie, Flip the grasshopper tells Maya to just be herself and she'll be just fine. He and his friends then sing about it.
* BraggingThemeTune: Especially the original Germany theme.
* ButtMonkey: Willy.
** Also the small clumsy ant known as Number 6 from the anime.
* CanonForeigner: Willy and Flip wasn't in the original book, but became part of the main cast in nearly all the cartoons/merchandise.
* CarnivoresAreMean: As part of CarnivoreConfusion
* CarnivoreConfusion: Many examples in anime:
** CarnivoresAreMean, especially Thekla the spider, but actually they have to eat something. In later episodes of the anime, she quiets trying to eat Maya and the other insects and acts more like a grouchy old neighbor but is kind ever once in a while.
** Maya helps an insect save her nest from a parasite, although Flip has stated that Maya can't save everybody and that the first insect also has laid her eggs in an larva.
** Ladybugs give everybody aphid juice. Is it honeydew or everybody can eat sentients? Ladybugs eat also leaves.
** Burying beetles and ants are scavengers and wish other insects to die.
** Birds and frogs usually do not speak and are simply predators.
** The second season seems to be less about insects eating insects.
** In the 3D animated series almost exclusively Thekla is bug and predator.
*** One mole cricket is vegetarian and does not eat rain-worms, but her sister apparently does. (Although it is not main point of the plot. When the sister appears, she eats truffle and causes an oak to die.)
*** Birds, frogs and lizards talk and sometimes decide not to eat a bug.
* CrossDressingVoice: Willy's voice in the Japanese, Arabic, and Spanish Dub (Except for the Latino) of the anime are all voiced by females. Willy is voiced by men in other dubs.
** He is also voiced by a woman in the English version of the 3D animated series.
** Thekla is voiced by a male in the British dub of the anime.
* ChildrenVoicingChildren: In Germany, Maya is voiced by an actual female child in every incarnation of the franchise.
** The 2014 movie is the first time Maya has been voiced by a child in English, being voiced by Coco Jack Gillies, who was 9 years old at the time of production.
* ChuckCunningHamSyndrome: Alexander the mouse, isn't present at all in the new 3D series.
* [[ClingyJealousGirl ClingyJealousGuy]]: [[WillTheyOrWontThey While Willy and Maya's relationship changes depending on the episode.]] When Alexander debuted in season 2, Willy would get jealous when ever he see's him spending more time with Maya compared to him.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Watch any episodes of the original anime and then start watching the 3D reboot there are tons of examples that can be jarring to some viewers.
** In the anime, Willy is extremely lazy and if prone to taking very long napes. Willy in the 3D reboot, while also lazy and sleeps alot. He's still alot more active and awake compared to his anime counterpart.
** While Flip was always the TeamDad to Willy and Maya. In the anime, Flip would sometimes get's annoyed along with getting easily excited. In the reboot, Flip rarely get's like that and would usually give some helpful advice to Maya and Willy about certain situations or problems.
** In the original anime, Maya wasn't afraid of pulling out her stinger as self defense or as a threat. In the reboot, this was toned down and Maya would never be seen using her stinger to protect herself.
* DubNameChange: Willy is called Gucio in Poland
* FourLeggedInsect: Just look at the page image. But Flip has four hands and two legs and it's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one episode of the new 3D cartoon.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Lara the ladybug.
* EditedForSyndication: The Japanese and Arabic version of the anime had longer scenes such as the Queen's arrival at the Hive where Maya and Willy are wearing chef hats and when Miss Casandra is injured and before Maya leaves the hive she says goodbye to her teacher and starts to cry. These scenes aren't present in the other versions of the anime.
* FunnyAnimal: For the most part, insects walk around as bipeds and act just like humans. Some of them even wear clothes.
** BeePeople, in a way.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: The song for the CGI series called "Maya Is Jarig" which is heard during most of the Maya The Bee shows at Plopsaland.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Maya's pollen collecting skills.
* HarmlessFreezing: In episode [[https://youtu.be/9-3dQl8IH3U?list=PLwQyoTjGiCPvQuREgcSgX_JDmOC3_yIaP&t=1234 102 of the anime]], Willy is frozen in a block of ice. After his friends manage to get him out, he's quickly warmed up by the sun and back on his feet with no problems at all.
* HumansAreCthulhu: How most of insects and animals view humans as a whole. Maya later learns that there some humans that are good as seen in the episode where she meets a ghost fly.
* ImplausibleDeniability / NeverMyFault: In the CGI movie, Maya insists that Buzzlina is hiding the royal jelly under her crown, but nobody believes her. Then, Buzzlina's crown gets knocked off, with the vial of jelly inside it, and when it lands on the ground, one of the bees goes to pick it up, which reveals the jelly to the shocked crowd. Willy flies down and grabs the jelly to protect it from Buzzlina, at which point she yells, "Thief! Arrest him!"
* ImageSong: In a few countries in Europe, there are songs sang by some of the characters.
** Willy has his own song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiRMQDLobrI "Ich Bien Der Faule Willi"]] released in the 70's.
** Another song released in Germany during the 70's is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2-u7GvxXVU "Fliegen" which is sang by Maya and Willy.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIhXLH179D8&index=27&list=PLmBI17Pylfpd_1VB4COyQtZZRdpHF7UDS Willy has a very laid back character theme]] in foreign versions of the original anime compared to the Japanese and American dub.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThVWgfQx-MI Flip has his own character theme (Not present in the original Japanese version) which he sang in the first episode of the anime]].
** In the new 3D animation, a characteristic music is played whenever ants appear.
* InformedFlaw: In the anime, Willy was often called Fatty by other insects even though his body is the same size as Maya's.
* LicensedGame: A few GBA games were made based on the series that can only be found in Europe.
* LighterAndSofter: The CGI series compared to the original book it was based on along with the anime.
* MouseWorld: A world from the perspective of a bee is a very large world indeed.
* NiceHat: Flip has one.
* NonMammalianHair: While all the bees have hair, Maya and Willy both have hair showing but it's especially noticeable for Maya who has hair all over her head.
* ParentalAbandonment: In the CGI series, Maya's friends don't have any parents mentioned or seen. Ben has his Uncle Kurt, but that's it. Of course, they are bugs, and insects don't stick around their children for long.
* PleaseWakeUp: Maya says to Willy in the CGI movie after an intense scene in which they are attacked by bats and he is then knocked to the ground. He's not dead, though, only passed out, and quickly does wake up. Later also to the Queen Bee, who also isn't dead, but is a lot worse off.
* RecycledScript: The episode "Willy Loses His Memory" from the CGI series is the same as episode 8 of the anime, "Willy With The Ants". In both episodes, Willy forgets who he is and is taken in by ants who convince him he is also an ant.
* SacrificialLamb: In the 3rd episode, a dragonfly eats a fly just after Maya gets to know the fly. It is maybe the only named character to die.
* ShipTease: Maya and Willy's relationship changes a lot in the anime (Well, the English version that is). But in new CGI series, there are moments where Maya, would kiss Willy on the cheek, as well as some hugs. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DodTU2nJIOg This Dutch music video for example, shows these moments as a cute montage.]]
* SimpletonVoice: Willy has this in the German, Latino, and British versions of the anime.
* SoProudOfYou: Miss Cassandra says this to Maya in the CGI movie, after they are finally reunited, right before Maya, and her friends head off to save the day.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The hornets are killed by the bees in the book, while the hornets in the 2014 movie have a HeelFaceTurn and become friends with the honey bees.
** In the book, a dragonfly mentions how drones are killed every summer by the worker bees. In the anime and CGI reboot, the death of drones is dropped entirely, and they are seen collecting pollen with the females.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name with a J]]: Being a German creation, her name is really supposed to be spelled "Maja." The British dub of the anime, actually refers to her by this spelling same. The same spelling is used in the Polish version.
** Willy's German name is Willi but the "W" is pronounced with a "V"
* StockFootage: The anime would use the same shots of Maya and Willy flying together at the end of most episodes. Also Maya jumping across flowers.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: This trope applies to Shelby in the CGI animated series.
* TheMovie: The series got a film in 2014 that was released everywhere in Europe. An English version later got released in Spring 2015.
* TheRuntAtTheEnd: In the AnimatedAdaptation, the last ant in the troop is shorter and clumsy.
* VocalEvolution: Flip's voice in the British dub was much higher in the [[https://youtu.be/aKNFSrnv0tI?t=1068 early episodes]]. In later episodes, his voice actor gave him a deeper more mature [[https://youtu.be/zLzjnoN8h_w?t=657 sounding voice.]]
* WaistcoatOfStyle: In the CGI reboot, Flip now wears a vest and also carries a violin
* YouAreGrounded: In the CGI movie, Sting the hornet gets grounded by his father, after he discovers him with Maya and Willy, even though Maya saved his life.
* YouAreNumberSix: In the CGI movie, Maya has a number, 396. The main antagonist, Buzzlina, insists on referring to her as this.
* VagueAge: While Maya and Willy are stated to be babies or children. They have the appearance of a young adult or a pre teen child. Doesn't help that Maya is voiced by a young girl every incarnation of the series while Willy is voiced by a grown male.