Plan Bee is a 2007 animated film created by Spark Plug Entertainment.
The film centers around a worker-bee named Bing, who, along with the other workers, are being worked to exhaustion by their evil queen and her cruel second-in-command. Bing and the others, with the help of their friend from another hive, must find a way to liberate the hive from her control.
Tropes found in this movie:
- Artistic License Biology: In real-life, all worker-bees are female. However, Bing and several other characters are all male.
- Big Eater: Bing has always to tell Joey he shouldn't eat so much.
- The Dragon: Belzar becomes the Queen's second-in-command.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: The Queen runs her workers ragged and treats them like slaves. She also framed her mother, the previous queen, for trying to murder the elders to take the throne.
- Gonk: So many of Spark Plug's characters are, but the best example is the lantern-jawed bee Pistol in Plan Bee.
- Green Aesop: Do not exploit the nature!
- Insect Gender-Bender: Played straight in Plan Bee, which features a male worker bee as its protagonist.
- The Mockbuster: As the title would suggest, this film is loosely based on the 2007 DreamWorks movie, Bee Movie.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Plan Bee plays it straight with Queen Beatrice, but averts it with Queen Akif.
- Sleep Deprivation: Once Belzar becomes the Queen's second-in-command, he forces the workers to collect honey 24/7, working them to the point of exhaustion.
- Stock Beehive: The beehive starts out just looking like a normal fictionalized beehive, sticking out from the bottom and looking like a golden version of a wasp's nest. However, as the bees start to expand the hive, it grows massive and tall, sticking out on both sides of the branch like a tower.
- This Is a Drill: At one point, the bees in Plan Bee drill into the flowers to collect nectar, complete with the sound of a dentist's drill.
- Valley Girl: Buffy talks like this.
- Virtuous Bees: With the exception of Belzar and the Queen, the bees are all pretty friendly and heroic. In fact, they not only show concern about the flowers they're forced to kill, but they also have an understanding of freedom and democracy, and feel guilty for disrupting a memorial for George Washington.