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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. Starring live insects
.Maya the Bee
follows the life of 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 only 65
of these were ever broadcast in North America during its run in the early 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 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 is in the works, with Andrea Libman
in the title role. Three episodes have made it to Youtube so far, and you can watch them here.
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