Bee Movie (Fullscreen)

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Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a trip outside the hive, barry's life is saved by vanessa, a florist in new york city. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey and decides to sue us.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206779017
UPC 097361322841
UPC 14 00097361322841
Format DVD
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New York City
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Editors Note
Note Touted as Jerry Seinfeld's first major project since the 1998 end of his long-running eponymous TV series, 2007's computer-animated BEE MOVIE stars the popular comedian as the voice of Barry B. Benson, a young bee eager to explore the world outside of his hive. As he discovers how people live in New York City, he befriends a human florist, Vanessa Bloome (Renee Zellweger), and becomes outraged at the selling of honey, leading to a lawsuit and, of course, plenty of Seinfeldian misadventures. ^Helmed by directors Steve Hickner (THE PRINCE OF EGYPT) and Simon J. Smith (a member of the SHREK creative team), BEE MOVIE lightens Seinfeld's notoriously stinging humor for a family audience, while staying true to its inherent New York-bred quirkiness. This leaves room for the film to feature impressive (if anatomically incorrect) bug-oriented CGI animation and a solid supporting cast that includes Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, and Ray Liotta (who plays a honey-peddling animated version of himself). Although it inhabits some of the same insect-populated territory as A BUG's LIFE and ANTZ, BEE MOVIE also nods to THE GRADUATE (admittedly a Seinfeld favorite) in its restless protagonist, resulting in a playful and thoroughly entertaining film that even manages to work an environmental message into its colorful palette.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "BEE MOVIE is agreeably skewed fun....The images have a spangly clarity -- they make New York look new again..." -- Grade: A- 11/09/2007 p.79
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are child-friendly puns, but it's also crammed with Seinfeld's trademark observational humour." 01/01/2008 p.58
Sight and Sound "At its heart is a sweet moral message about everyone pulling together, about doing even the smallest job to the best of your ability..." 01/01/2008 p.60
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] magnificently entertaining adventure....With a host of subtle jokes, references and cameos..." 05/01/2008 p.85
Directors
Simon J. Smith
Steve Hickner
Actors
Name Seinfeld,Jerry
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Cast & Crew
Alex McDowell - Production Designer
Chris Rock - Voice Of
Christophe Lautrette - Art Director
Jerry Seinfeld - Voice Of
Jerry Seinfeld, et. al. - Writer
Jerry Seinfeld, et. al. - Producer
John Goodman - Voice Of
Kathy Bates - Voice Of
Larry King - Voice Of
Matthew Broderick - Voice Of
Nick Fletcher - Editor
Oprah Winfrey - Voice Of
Patrick Warburton - Voice Of
Ray Liotta - Voice Of
Renee Zellweger - Voice Of
Rip Torn - Voice Of
Rupert Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
Simon J. Smith - Director
Steve Hickner - Director
Sting - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 322841
UPC 00097361322841
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (2008) Golden Globe, Bee Movie, Best Animated Film
Golden Globe (2008) Bee Movie, Nominee, Best Animated Film
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The press notes for Bee Movie indicate that Jerry Seinfeld came up with the title before he had an inkling what the story might be. Having seen the film, I can believe that...It's a little weird and a little subversive, but mostly it's just dull. Moreover, while adults may get something out of Bee Movie, it's hard to understand what it has to offer to kids besides the flashy animation and a couple of video game-inspired sequences. On the whole, this is another disappointing animated effort and it resides considerably lower on the totem pole than this year's current non-live action champion, Ratatouille...It's fair to argue that Bee Movie ventures onto a road less taken. Certainly, I can't think of another movie in which a talking insect has dragged the entire human race before a judge whose voice is provided by Oprah Winfrey. Nevertheless, while there's something to be prized about uniqueness in a motion picture, that quality is only an asset when it enhances the overall entertainment value - something not evident here...While it has value as a passable diversion, this is ultimately yet another disappointing animated feature in an every-widening pool of them. At least this time it appears that the cause is an offbeat sensibility rather than the laziness and greed that have characterized so many others.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review All of this material, written by Seinfeld and writers associated with his television series, tries hard, but never really takes off. We learn at the outset of the movie that bees theoretically cannot fly. Unfortunately, in the movie, that applies only to the screenplay. It is really, really, really hard to care much about a platonic romantic relationship between Renee Zellweger and a bee, although if anyone could pull if off, she could...Barry and Adam come across as earnest, articulate young bees who pursue logic into the realm of the bizarre, as sometimes happened on the "Seinfeld" show. Most of the humor is verbal, and tends toward the gently ironic rather than the hilarious. Chris Rock scores best, as a mosquito named Mooseblood, but his biggest laugh comes from a recycled lawyer joke...In the tradition of many recent animated films, several famous people turn up playing themselves, including Sting (how did he earn that name?) and Ray Liotta, who is called as a witness because his brand of Ray Liotta Honey profiteers from the labors of bees...Liotta's character and voice work are actually kind of inspired, leaving me to regret the absence of B.B. King, Burt's Bees, Johnny B. Goode, and the evil Canadian bee slavemaster Norman Jewison, who -- oh, I forgot, he exploits maple trees.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Seinfeld,Jerry
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gene Shalit, Today Bee Movie is an A.
Kyle Smith, New York Post Dazzling fun. Jerry is master of a new domain.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Agreeably skewed fun.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer It has enough buzzing wit and eye-popping animation to win over the kids - and probably more than a few parents, too.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...an extra snap that's recognizably Seinfeldian.

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