91 Min. | Animation – Advrnture – Comedy | December 2007
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Director: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Staring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick
Bee Movie Review: Bee Movie has its moments of brilliance, but they are few and far between, and I think what weakens this movie the most is the fact that most other movies have already beaten it to its punches. There’s nothing too original here. Most notably, it bears many similarities to the 1998 animated film, Antz, starring Woody Allen as the insect living in a perfectly functioning society who begins to question his importance in the greater scheme of things. And much like DreamWorks’ previous animated film, Sharktale, featured many fish-themed puns, Bee Movie tries the same thing, except with bee puns, and you’ll learn fairly quickly that there’s not a lot to work with in that area. And, let’s face it, Larry King has appeared as himself in so many movies that the gimmick itself has become an irritating cliché. Here he is, in complete bee form.
Altogether, though, Bee Movie is not without its charms. It does eventually find itself in some odd, uncharted territories, there are plenty of funny moments, and yes, even some of those puns work. Jerry Seinfeld, who has taken a lot of pride in writing, producing, acting in, and promoting Bee Movie, does do a very good job voicing the main character. You sometimes feel like these actors doing voices for cartoons are just phoning it in, but Seinfeld gives a surprisingly energetic performance. The rest of the cast does a good job, too, Renee Zellwegger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, as well as John Goodman in a brief role, who once again proves what an amazingly talented voice actor he is. Whenever there’s a need for a big, burly character, John Goodman is the go-to guy, because, well, he IS a big, burly character. Ray Liotta’s cameo was also a highlight, and much more inspired than King’s cameo.
Bee Movie may not be a perfect movie, or the most original, and for a 90-minute run-time, it kind of drags on a bit, but for all that it is, it was so entertaining. It won’t go down in the history of greatest animated films, but it may be a decent way to spend a rainy day, when you can’t go out and fly. If you’re knowledgeable about your animated films, you may remember the slight controversy surrounding Finding Nemo, which inspired a few children to flush their fishes down the toilet so they could “free” them into the ocean. Bee Movie just may plant some worse ideas in kids’ heads. Keep an eye out for news stories about children getting stung by bees after trying to make friends with them once they see the movie. Maybe Larry King could do a special about it.