• Publication date: December 21, 2011

Bee Movie

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a beehive? Did you know a secret world lies within it, where insects work from 9-5 just like us?

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 2007

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February 19, 2016 18:30 (KSA) ~ February 19, 2016 17:30 (CLT)

Meet Barry B. Benson, a young bee fresh out of college and ready to join the workforce.  As you might guess, the most popular career path for a bee is to make honey, and Barry is eager to begin his first day on the job.  

When he arrives and meets his supervisor, however, Barry has second thoughts.  Sitting amongst his colleagues, Barry realizes that his entire life will be spent performing one tedious, mindless task.  Determined to escape this mundane fate, he joins the Pollen Jocks, a colony of bees who spend their lives outside of the hive, pollinating flowers across the land.  

But this task eventually bores Barry, and he sets out to explore the city of New York instead.  While exploring, he enters a family’s home and is almost swatted dead by the house patriarch.  Fortunately, a compassionate florist named Vanessa Bloome rescues him, opens the window, and lets Barry fly away to freedom.

Vanessa’s kind gesture touches Barry’s heart, and he feels obliged to reenter her house and thank her.  At this moment he breaks a sacred bee rule: not to speak with humans, ever.  Naturally when Vanessa hears him speak she is astonished and listens in disbelief.  With time though the two form a most unlikely friendship and Barry accompanies his human savior wherever she goes.

All is well until a visit to the local grocery store shocks Barry. While buzzing down an aisle he notices jars filled with honey, packaged for human consumption.  Barry is devastated when he realizes his comrades’ lives are wasted away only to supply humans with food.  Without haste he begins organizing with other bees and files a lawsuit against humanity, demanding that they cease using bees as slave laborers.  Barry’s efforts to liberate his species will prove successful, but the cost may be too much for both the human and insect world to take.

Bee Movie was a tremendous success.  With a generous budget of $150 million it garnered a whopping $366 million at box offices.  The picture also managed to score two Kids Choice Award nominations, in addition to a Golden Globe nomination.  A lively soundtrack includes the likes of Sheryl Crow and sixties group The Archies.

The movie is rated PG for mild suggestive humor and a brief depiction of smoking.

Starring:

  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Renée Zellweger
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Megan Mullally
  • John Goodman
  • Chris Rock
  • Kathy Bates
  • Patrick Warburton

Directors: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith