By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 17, 2007
Hey, what's all the buzz about?
Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian and television star, hits the silver screen as an animated bee, buzzing into a theatre near you on November 2nd, 2007.
Zigging and zagging toward November, I picked up a magazine with an article about Jerry Seinfeld's first animated film Bee Movie, a feature he shares voice acting credits with Hollywood voice talents Matthew Broderick, Chris Rock, Renee Zellweger, Barry Levinson, Kathy Bates, and Patrick Warburton.
In a honeycomb (or nutshell, if you prefer), Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), a curious young bee, leaves the comfort of his hive and ventures forth to see what the big wide world has to offer a buzzing young chap in black and yellow pinstripes.
One aspect of Barry's journey is developing a friendship with a human, a florist in fact, named Vanessa (Zellweger).
Discovering friendship is one thing, but finding out that people can buy honey off the shelf is quite another! Barry intends to get his just desserts by suing humankind for the theft and exploitation of honey, in his view, the fruit of his and his fellow bees labor.
Three years in the making, Bee Movie should prove humorous as well as a wonderful debut for Jerry Seinfeld as a celebrity voice actor headlining his first animated feature.
On a side note, the movie also raises awareness with regard to the recent plight of bees. There has been a dramatically noticeable shortage of bees, the root of which hasn't yet been confirmed. The film seeks to educate everyone on just why bees are important highlighting what they do for the environment and contribute to the ecosystem.
Here are some interesting facts as compiled by the journalist Paul Baswick, contributer to What's Up Kids, Canada's Family Magazine:
* Jerry Seinfeld was stung on the nose by a bee at a beehive while conducting his research for the movie in Long Island
* There are about 1,300 different shots in Bee Movie
* Bees can't see the color red, but they can see ultraviolet light
* Honey bees have six legs, five eyes, and four wings
* Most of Canada's honey is produced in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba
* Bees don't have ears but they can detect sound by sensing vibrations through their legs
Will you be going out to see Bee Movie this Fall?