Bee Movie

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stars] [IMDb Link] The animation isn't Pixar, and Jerry Seinfeld isn't quite Brad Bird. But still, this is a decent movie, and Seinfeld has done a lot better job with his first post-TV series movie than a lot of others. (Anyone remember Leonard Part 6? No, I didn't see it either. Nobody did, I think.)

Jerry plays Barry B. Benson, a young bee who is (as is typical of movies of this genre) not conformist like his peers. He's outraged that he's expected to settle into a bee career, and work at it every day until he dies! And who are we to blame him?

Oh, yes: in this world, bees can talk, and they can be understood by humans. Flouting custom, Barry makes friends with human Vanessa, who's voiced by Renée Zellweger. Soon he's outraged by something else: humans eat the bees' honey!

This could be extremely tedious and predictable, except for a few things: First, Seinfeld knows how to write funny. Second, it turns out (spoiler ahoy!) that Barry's actually a misguided youthful idealist; his efforts to withhold bee labor and resources result in a seriously fouled up ecosystem. That's kind of a switcheroo from your usual animal animation flick, I think.

All in all, not a bad movie to watch with kids, or even without.

Last Modified 2012-10-12 7:43 AM EST