Bee Movie

Bee Movie

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Director: Stephen Hickner, Simon J. Smith

Cast: Stephen Hickner, Simon J. Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger

     
 

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Barry B. Benson (voice of Jerry Seinfeld) is your average honeybee. Despite having recently received his diploma from bee college and being virtually guaranteed a bright future in honey, Barry feels he has the skills to pursue a number of different career paths and resents the fact that his employment opportunities are strictly limitedSee more details below

Overview

Barry B. Benson (voice of Jerry Seinfeld) is your average honeybee. Despite having recently received his diploma from bee college and being virtually guaranteed a bright future in honey, Barry feels he has the skills to pursue a number of different career paths and resents the fact that his employment opportunities are strictly limited to producing the sweet nectar. Upon breaking away from the hive and developing a friendship with an insect-loving New York florist (voice of Renée Zellweger), Barry makes the shocking discovery that human beings eat honey in mass quantities. Having finally found his calling in life, the infuriated Barry decides to sue the human race for stealing all of the honey that his fellow bees work so hard to produce.

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If Jerry Seinfeld's TV show was about nothing, then his movie, Bee Movie, can be accused of just the opposite -- or at the very least, of violently changing course every couple minutes. It's an unqualified delight to be reacquainted with Seinfeld's distinctive voice and all the past laughs it calls to mind, but one wishes it were in the service of something sturdier than Bee Movie. While that title is a clever pun, there's nothing second-rate about this enterprise. Its colorful universe pops at every turn, as the DreamWorks animators conjure an intricate hive world where residents are comically temporary cogs in the larger machine, but don't seem any less cheerful for that fact. Bee Movie also makes some wonderful initial strides outside that world, as Seinfeld's Barry B. Benson accidentally meets a human woman, voiced at perfect pitch by Renée Zellweger. Seinfeld and Zellweger have such great chemistry, his pluck matching her loopiness, that their scenes together simply breeze by, making a bee-human pseudo courtship seem almost plausible. This disbelief becomes harder to suspend when Barry decides to sue the human race for wrongful appropriation of the bees' tirelessly wrought fruit: their precious honey. The courtroom trial and the events that follow provide a further strain on narrative fluidity. Ardent Seinfeld fans may blissfully follow his zigzaggy, convention-damning logic, but others will probably scratch their heads. The comedian deserves credit for thinking bigger than the contained bug worlds of Antz and A Bug's Life, but excess ambition didn't serve him well in the finale of his venerable show, either. (Maybe he should just stay out of courtrooms.) Still, in most respects this is a worthy realization of Seinfeld and friends' own tireless labors, even if its flaws -- like some groan-inducing one-liners -- seep through on a second viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
UPC:
0097361179445
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
1,076

Special Features

"We Got the Bee" music video; Pollination practice video game; The OW! meter; "The Buzz About Bees"; "Inside the Hive: The Cast of Bee Movie"; And a swarm of fun-filled extras!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Seinfeld Barry B. Benson
Renée Zellweger Vanessa Bloome
Matthew Broderick Adam Flayman
Patrick Warburton Ken
John Goodman Layton T. Montgomery
Chris Rock Mooseblood
Kathy Bates Janet Benson
Barry Levinson Martin Benson
Larry King Bee Larry King
Ray Liotta Ray Liotta
Sting Sting
Oprah Winfrey Judge Bumbleton
Larry Miller Buzzwell
Megan Mullally Trudy
Rip Torn Lou Lo Duca
Michael Richards Bud Ditchwater
Mario Joyner Jackson
Jim Cummings Title Narrator,Graduation Announcer
Tom Papa Splitz,Klauss Vanderhayden
Andy Robin Jock #2
David Pimentel Hector
Chuck Martin Andy
Conrad Vernon Freddy
David Herman Buzz,Bob Bumble,Pilot
Carol Leifer Press Person #1
Jeff Altman Uncle Carl
Brian Hopkins Sandy Shrimpkin,TSA Agent
Tress MacNeille Jeanette Chung,Mother,Cow
Nathan D. Morrissey Boy Crying,Timmy
Olivia Mattingly Little Girl
Simon J. Smith Truck Driver,Chet
Geoff Witcher Press Person #2,Jack #1
John DiMaggio Janitor,Bailiff
Barry Marder Waterbug
Sean Bishop Ladybug
Alan Arkin Voice Only
George Wallace Voice Only
Renee Taylor Voice Only
Colin Quinn Voice Only
Tim Blake Nelson Voice Only
William H. Macy Voice Only
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Alastair King Conductor
Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor

Technical Credits
Stephen Hickner Director
Simon J. Smith Director
Kevin Andrus Animator
Chris Bancroft Animator
Anna Behlmer Sound Mixer
Christopher Lee Capel Animator
Tony Cosanella Production Manager
Michelle Cowart Animator
Steve Cunningham Animator
Donnachada Daly Animator
Eric Deuel Animator
Bill Diaz Animator
Leslee Feldman Casting
Spike Feresten Screenwriter
Will E. Files Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Fletcher Editor
Tomoyuki Harashima Animator
Willy Harber Animator
Martin P. Hopkins Animator
Steve Horrocks Animator
Jim Hull Animator
Yair Kantor Animator
Morgan Kelly Animator
Serguei Kouchnerov Animator
Christophe Lautrette Art Director
Deven Riley LeTendre Production Manager
James Lopez Animator
Kevin MacLean Animator
Barry Marder Screenwriter
Chuck Martin Screenwriter
Patrick Mate Animator
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Sean McLaughlin Animator
Andy Nelson Sound Mixer
Tom Papa Screenwriter
David Pate Animator
Jane Poole Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Francois Rey Animator
Andy Robin Screenwriter
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Benjie Rush Animator
Jerry Seinfeld Producer,Screenwriter
Sean Sexton Animator
Andrea Simonti Animator
Christina Steinberg Producer
Mike Stern Animator
Cameron Stevning Associate Producer
Mark Swift Co-producer
William Tessier Animator
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Wahl Animator
Alexis Wanneroy Animator
David Weatherly Animator
Greg Whittaker Animator
Scott Wright Animator
Onur Yeldan Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bee Movie
1. Chapter 1 [7:17]
2. Chapter 2 [2:21]
3. Chapter 3 [2:33]
4. Chapter 4 [7:39]
5. Chapter 5 [7:31]
6. Chapter 6 [4:12]
7. Chapter 7 [9:57]
8. Chapter 8 [1:40]
9. Chapter 9 [1:43]
10. Chapter 10 [5:49]
11. Chapter 11 [4:35]
12. Chapter 12 [3:55]
13. Chapter 13 [5:33]
14. Chapter 14 [4:13]
15. Chapter 15 [8:42]
16. Chapter 16 [4:34]

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