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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 65]] of these were ever broadcast in North America during its run in the early [[TheNineties 90s]] (with half the episodes in the dub from the first series and half 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 is currently showing, with AndreaLibman in the title role.

In Fall 2014, Studio 100 releases 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 and an English version was released in Australia on November,1, 2014

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!! This work provides examples of:
* 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.
* BraggingThemeTune
* CarnivoreConfusion: Many examples in anime
* 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.
* 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 is 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.
* 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 somebody has stated that Maya can't save everybody ant 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.
* CanonForeigner: Willy and Flip wasn't in the original book, but became part of the main cast in nearly all the cartoons/merchandise.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Subverted.
* 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.
* 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.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Maya's pollen collecting skills.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Overlaps with NoExportForYou - ''Maya'', not even the 65 broadcasted episodes, was never released on VHS or DVD in North America.
* {{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 American dub.
* MouseWorld: A world from the perspective of a bee is a very large world indeed.
* NiceHat: Flip has one.
* NoExportForYou: The sad fate of the 42 unaired episodes in North America.
* 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.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: In the CGI reboot, Flip now wears a vest and also carries a violin
* 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 alot 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&list=UUPMnpZh2nBck7wSCZkkF3xA This Dutch music video for example, shows this moments as a cute montage.]] ** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp8OGObY3zs This a song dedicated to Maya and Willy that was made in Spain,]] [[ToyShip that implies that Willy does have a secret crush on her.]]
* TheMovie: The series recently got a film that was released everywhere in Europe.The American release for this film is currently unknown.
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