Western Animation: Bee Movie
Hold on to your honey.Bee Movie
is a 2007 CGI animated feature film produced by DreamWorks Animation
and co-written by and starring Jerry Seinfeld
. Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry is rescued by Vanessa Bloome (Renee Zellweger
), a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms
, Barry discovers that humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue us.
This film contains examples of:
- Acoustic License: There are numerous cases when you have to wonder how is it possible that everyone can hear a tiny bee crystal clear, no matter the distance. It gets especially stupid during Barry's speeches in the court, where he doesn't use a microphone or anything like that, and yet everyone can perfectly hear him.
- And on a related note, when Barry gets promoted to a Pollen Jockey and puts on his new uniform, Vanessa can perfectly see it. Despite Barry standing on top of a plane's wing and Vanessa standing probably a good distance away.
- Actor Allusion: In the trial scene, Barry makes a pun about Ray Liotta being a "bad fella". Oddly enough, he also directly congratulates Liotta on winning an Emmy for a guest spot on ER in 2005.
- Alliterative Name: Barry B. Benson.
- Artistic License – Biology: According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway, because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.
- The aforementioned Insect Gender Bender, a bee stinging a man and surviving by replacing the stinger with a plastic sword, and the whole bit about pollination; the moment the bees stop pollinating, every plant dies despite the fact that pollination would only stop new flowers from being made, and plants would live as normal (especially obvious with the trees that would still live for years), and the pollen being reintroduced bringing them all back to life. Also, it is impossible to pollinate most flowers with pollen from other species.
- Male mosquitoes don't drink blood (and females only drink it so they can get the protein to make eggs)
- Male bees don't sting. The stinger is a modified ovipositor that only female worker bees have.
- Just because the bees stop, there's still the hummingbirds/butterflies/etc to pollinate as well... I mean obviously it doesn't help but Bees don't have sole dibs on pollination. Heck many species don't even need animals at all, relying on the wind alone for pollination, and would be perfectly fine and ordinary.
- The humans return a huge keg of honey to Barry's hive... but it's still one keg and that's still only one bee hive out of the countless amounts of honey already distributed in the world, and the countless number of bees living in countless amount of bee hives! This may have been simplified for the story to be clearer and these epic, but Barry's hive can't possibly be the sole producer of honey!
- Sting (the singer) gets arrested for his stage name, since it's a bee-thing. Sorry, but the wasps, bumblebees, mud daubers, yellow jackets, stingrays, hornets, scorpions, platypuses and jellyfish would like to have a word.
- Not to mention it has connotations outside of the animal kingdom.
- Artistic License – Law: MST3K Mantra as much as you like, but when the Defence presents their opening statements and case before the Plaintiff does (When the Plaintiff outlines what the matters in contention are), there's an obvious logical, let alone legal, problem.
- As His Bee Self: "You know there's a Larry King in the Human world too!"
- Big Applesauce: All the plant life in the world is saved—once Central Park is restored, first.
- Courtroom Antic: While waiting for the Smoking Gun to arrive, Adam stalls by teaching the jury how to make paper hats.
- Dateless Newspaper - Averted, which for a CGI film is pretty much unique.
- Evil Lawyer Joke: "Well, I was already a blood-sucking parasite! I just needed this briefcase!"
- Fantasy Twist: Barry's daydream about Vanessa and himself having a romantic picnic together ends abruptly as Vanessa pilots a yellow and black ultralight to fly with him, then crashes and burns when she tries to duplicate an aviation feat only bees can accomplish.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: too many to count, usually covered up by all the Bee puns.
- Barry's uncle reminisces about dating a cricket once, adding, "Boy, those crazy legs kept me up all night", which would imply they slept together... or, if more innocently (for a kids' movie), at least shared a bed.
- Crickets make their characteristic noise by rubbing their legs together. THAT is the "innocent" interpretation.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters
- Especially jarring with the two guys who seem to work at the honey plant just because they enjoy sadistically torturing bees.
- It might just be those guys, to be honest, but those are the only two workers Barry sees, which might contribute to the whole thing.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Barry is just Jerry Seinfeld with wings and stripes.
- Also, Ray Liotta and Sting both appear as themselves. The primary purpose of Bee Larry King's one scene interviewing Barry on BeeNN is lampshading his similarity to the human version.
- Insect Gender Bender
- Interspecies Romance: Barry and Vanessa. Not to mention Barry's uncle and the cricket in San Antonio.
- Jerk Jock: Averted. Early in the movie there's a scene where it looks like the pollen jockeys are going to turn out to be like this, inviting Barry along on their next scheduled nectar run to mess with him, but when he actually shows up, they're perfectly happy to show him the ropes and are quite personable about the whole thing.
- Perhaps played straight with the Patrick Warburton character, though, given how he's played as an antagonist and is a tennis player.
- Just Plane Wrong: Aside from everything else that's obviously wrong with the entire scene, Vanessa is shown pulling the landing gear handle to shut down the plane's engines.
- Large Ham: Layton T. Montgomery. Even hammier after being stung.
- Ken... voiced by Patrick Warburton, no less.
- Make the Dog Testify: The courts don't bother making sure the bees can speak before allowing them to sue humanity.
- Meaningful Name: A florist named Vanessa Bloom.
- Mouse World
- Mundane Made Awesome: Deliberately. Barry has a swordfight with a shelfstocker wielding a pushpin.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: To quote Mr. Montgomery after Benson won the lawsuit, "This is an unholy perversion of the balance of nature, Benson! You'll regret this." Turns out that now that the bees were put out of the job due to the honey being "brought back" to them, the pollination halted and the plant life was slowly dying out, with the rest of the food chain about to follow soon.
- The Red Stapler: People actually looked for Ray Liotta Honey after the movie came out.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: It is Seinfeld as a bee.
Vanessa: (Looking down at two unconscious pilots) What happened here?
Barry: I tried to talk to them! But then there was a Dustbuster, a toupee, a life raft exploded! Now, one's bald, one's in a boat, and they're both unconscious!
- Serious Business: The montage where the honey is reclaimed. The ATHF holds a little old woman stirring honey into her tea at gunpoint.
- Shown Their Work: It's clear the company did a fair amount of research, then overruled it in favor of the Rule of Funny.
- Shout-Out: Barry B. Benson is named in honor of Jerry Seinfeld's first television role in a guest spot, playing a character named Barry on an episode of Benson.
- Smoking Gun: Used literally. Barry shows up with a smoke gun used to calm down honeybees. Bees win the case against humans.
- Space Whale Aesop: The first acts seem to be preaching an aesop against human exploitation of animals, but then flips the message around in the ending act. It's okay to eat honey as long as it comes from sapient bees that give you permission.
- Take That: When Vanessa complains to Barry that she doesn't know how to land a plane, he replies:
Barry: How hard could it be?!?!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ken disappears from the plot following his confrontation with Barry and Mr. Montgomery disappears from the plot after Barry wins the trial