Bee Movie From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search "Barry Benson" redirects here. For the Mississippi politician, see Barry W. Benson. Not to be confused with Maya the Bee (film). Bee Movie Bee movie ver2.jpg Theatrical release poster Directed by Simon J. Smith Steve Hickner Written by Jerry Seinfeld Andy Robin Barry Marder Spike Feresten Produced by Jerry Seinfeld Christina Steinberg Cameron Stevning Starring Jerry Seinfeld Renée Zellweger Matthew Broderick John Goodman Patrick Warburton Chris Rock Narrated by Jim Cummings Edited by Nick Fletcher Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams Production companies DreamWorks Animation Columbus 81 Productions Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date November 2, 2007 Running time 91 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $150 million Box office $293.6 million Bee Movie is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner, the film stars the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton, and Chris Rock in supporting roles. The story follows Barry B. Benson, a honey bee who sues the human race for exploiting bees, after learning from his florist friend Vanessa Bloome that humans sell and consume honey. Bee Movie is the first motion picture script written by Seinfeld, who co-wrote the film with Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, and Andy Robin. The film was produced by Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg, and Cameron Stevning. The production was designed by Alex McDowell, and Christophe Lautrette was the art director. Nick Fletcher was the supervising editor and music for the film was composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The cast and crew include some veterans of the long-running NBC sitcom Seinfeld, including producers Feresten and Robin and actors Warburton, Michael Richards, and Larry Miller. Bee Movie was theatrically released on November 2, 2007 to mixed reviews, receiving praise for its humor and voice cast but criticism for its premise and plot. The film was a moderate box office success, grossing $293 million worldwide against a $150 million budget. Contents 1 Plot 2 Voice cast 3 Marketing 3.1 Trailers 3.2 Books 3.3 Video game 3.4 Home media 4 Reception 4.1 Critical reception 4.2 Box office 4.3 Awards and nominations 5 Lawsuits 5.1 Beebylon vs. DreamWorks 5.2 Beeceuticals vs. DreamWorks 6 Internet popularity 7 References 8 External links Plot Barry B. Benson, an idealistic honey bee who has the ability to talk to humans, has recently graduated from college and is about to enter the hive's Honex Industries honey-making workforce with his best friend Adam Flayman. Barry is initially excited to join the workforce, but his ambitious, insubordinate attitude emerges upon discovering that his choice of job will never change once picked. Later, the two bees run into a group of Pollen Jocks, bees who collect pollen from flowers outside the hive, and they offer to take Barry with them if he is "bee enough". While on his first pollen-gathering expedition in New York City, Barry gets lost in the rain, and ends up on the balcony of a human florist named Vanessa Bloome. Upon noticing Barry, Vanessa's boyfriend Ken attempts to squash him, but Vanessa gently catches and releases Barry outside the window, saving his life. Barry later returns to express his gratitude to Vanessa, breaking the sacred rule that bees are not to communicate with humans. Barry and Vanessa develop a close friendship, bordering on attraction, and spend time together. When he and Vanessa are in the grocery store, Barry discovers that the humans have been stealing and eating the bees' honey for centuries. He decides to journey to Honey Farms, which supplies the grocery store with its honey. Incredulous at the poor treatment of the bees in the hive, including the use of bee smokers to incapacitate the colony, Barry decides to sue the human race to put an end to exploitation of the bees.