Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Animation Has a Buzz about It; BEE MOVIE Cert U, 86 Mins, Paramount Home Entertainment, Family/Comedy, Also Available to Buy DVD Pounds 19.99/two-Disc DVD Pounds 24.99/DVD Box Set Pounds 29.99) Featuring the Voices Of: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Megan Mull Ally
WISECRACKING bee Barry B Benson (voiced by Seinfeld) graduates from college with his best pal Adam (Broderick) but secretly dreams of flying high, away from the drudgery of the colony, with the so-called pollen jocks.
On a rare excursion from the hive, Barry meets New York City florist Vanessa Bloome (Zellweger) and is smitten. While Barry's parents Martin (Levinson) and Janet (Bates) await his return, the bee explores the city with the florist and learns that mankind steals honey from his winged brethren, who are incarcerated in manmade hives.
Vowing to right this unspeakable wrong, Barry instigates a high-profile court case that has devastating repercussions for the entire planet. "When I'm finished with the humans they won't be able to say, 'Honey, I'm home,' without paying royalties!" he seethes.
Bee Movie buzzes along with enough energy and visual gags to sustain our interest for 86 minutes. Simon J Smith and Steve Hickner's computer-animated adventure draws obvious comparisons with Pixar's A Bug's Life, but falls short in terms of the animation and the script, co written by Seinfeld, which peddles obvious puns: "A perfect report card - all B's!"
Visuals are slick, though none of the centrepiece sequences push the medium to its technological limits. …