After graduating from college, Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) tells his parents Janet (Kathy Bates) and Martin (Barry Levinson) that he wants to do something else with his life other than hanging around the hive making honey. So he zooms off across Central Park, running predictably into a bunch of adventures, the kind that all digitally animated characters must go through. He finds himself flying through the air on the underside of a tennis ball, finally landing in the home of a human being, Vanessa Bloome (Renee Zellweger), who saves his life by escorting him to the windowsill and is surprised to hear Barry talk. And so they develop a relationship, and when Barry reports back at the hive that he’s met someone, he's asked by his folks whether she’s bee-ish, Barry’s reply is that she’s not a wasp. That's just one of a lot of typical Seinfeld witticisms throughout the film.
But ultimately the Bee Movie turns political, as Barry, discovers that human beings have been stealing the product of bees’ hard work and selling it for profit. So he decides to sue to recover the honey for the worker bees. Opposed by the rotund, southern corporate lawyer Layton T. Montgomery (John Goodman) and receiving the testimony of Ray Liotta (Ray Liotta), Sting (Sting) and others before Judge Bumbleton (Oprah Winfrey), Barry makes his case assisted by his counsel and best friend, Adam (Matthew Broderick).
The cartoon-to-human being resemblances are quite clever, but ultimately the film rests on the dialogue, which is not up to Seinfeld's best. We do learn a valuable lesson in ecology, however, one which may make both young and old in the audience think twice before getting out the swatter next time they see bee-like insects, since it turns out, insects are responsible for one-third of the human food supply, and bees are the chief pollinators.
Although the film is charming and amusing, it's not the kind of film you'll want to watch over and over, like the much better "Ratatouille" earlier this year.
Featuring the voices of :
Jerry Seinfeld as Barry B. Benson
Renee Zellwege as Vanessa Bloome
Matthew Broderick as Adam Flayman
John Goodman as Layton T. Montgomery
Patrick Warburton as Ken
Chris Rock as Mooseblood
Kathy Bates as Janet Benson
Barry Levinson as Martin Benson ...
Larry King as Bee Larry King
Ray Liotta as Ray Liotta
Sting as Sting
Oprah Winfrey as Judge Bumbleton